Inside Line Promotions - GREENWOOD, Neb. (April 5, 2022) - Kaleb Johnson was on pace for a top-five result last Saturday during his season opener at I-80 Speedway.
Johnson capitalized on a charge from last - ninth - to third place in a heat race, which placed him in contention for the feature in the third starting spot.
"Drawing is never something I'm good at, but it did pay off to not draw well," he said. "The track was pretty good and there were a couple of lanes. When I needed to maneuver around guys I could use different parts of the track. I was running the bottom for most of the race, but I had to run the top a couple of times to get around guys. We had a mid-race caution that lined everyone back up and I was able to pick off a couple more after that."
Johnson battled inside the top five throughout the feature before a blown tire on the final lap relegated him to a 12th-place finish.
"I was in fourth on the first lap and stayed there awhile," he said. "I tried to run different lines to see what our car liked. There were a couple of cautions early in the race. With the Delaware restarts I was always on the outside. It was just a timing deal. A couple of guys were able to slide me. Then it laid rubber. I tried saving the tires as I could feel it chattering with six or seven laps to go, but it was a little too late."
Despite the end result, Johnson is pleased with the performance after sitting through a long offseason. The night also proved valuable in getting the race car closer to what is needed for success as the Knoxville Raceway season opener is less than two weeks away.
"I wish we could have held onto fifth or even a fourth because the guy in front of me blew a tire too, but the main thing is to roll the car into the trailer like we did," he said. "Getting seat time with a brand new car and new shocks was important as we are adding to our notebook. We didn't get the finish we wanted, but we didn't wreck anything and we learned so it was a positive night."
The next race on Johnson's schedule is the opening round at the dirt oval in Knoxville, Iowa, on April 16.
QUICK RESULTS -
April 2 - I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. - Heat race: 3 (9); Feature: 12 (3).
SEASON STATS -
1 race, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 1 top 15, 1 top 20
UP NEXT -
April 16 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
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