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Johnson, Godfather Motorsports Crack Top-10 At Gresham
Posted by: newsla on Apr 29, 2013 - 05:41 PM
Johnson, Godfather Motorsports Crack Top-10 At Gresham

Jerick Johnson and the No. 30 KOMA Unwind Chevrolet Super Late Model claimed a hard-fought 10th-place finish Saturday night in the Southern Super Series "Racing Radios 125 Presented by Schoenfeld Headers" at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia.


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The finish marked the team's first Top-10 finish of the season, in only their second start.

The team was fifth fastest in practice before encountering an electrical issue that forced them to miss final practice while replacing a burnt wire. Johnson qualified 19th for the 125-lap main event and passed a pair of cars immediately at the drop of the green flag, despite battling a handling issue. Johnson pitted under caution on Lap 20 for a chassis adjustment, restarting at the tail of the 31-car field.

By lap 40, he was back to 19th place, racing in heavy traffic with 2012 Pro All Stars Series champion Kyle Grissom, Clay Alexander, Spencer Davis and Ross Kenseth, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth. They ran in freight-train formation through the field, and Johnson was scored 15th when the yellow flag flew for the scheduled halfway break on Lap 75.

"We threw a big adjustment at it during the break, and after the restart, we were as quick as the leaders," said Johnson. "We passed a bunch of cars and caught the lead pack from about a half-straightaway behind, but simply ran out of laps. With a late caution, I think we would have been a sixth or seventh-place car, maybe better.

"We'll take a Top-10 in our second race together, though," he said. "(Crew chief) Jim Gallison, Jr. and I learned a lot this weekend, and I think we showed people we'll be a force to reckon with this season.."

Up next for the KOMA Unwind Chevrolet team is a 150-lap Pro All Stars Series event on Saturday night, May 11 at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia.

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