R.J. Johnson Returns To ASCS Victory Lane At Arizona Speedway

(Image Credit: Ben Thrasher)

For the second time in 2019, R.J. Johnson rolled into Victory Lane with the San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Non-Wing Sprint Cars.

His first trip of the season with the series at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway, the victory marks the eighth time the Phoenix, Ariz. shoe as topped the San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Non-Wing Sprint Cars; bringing his overall to 22 wins under the ASCS banner.

Coming up from fifth, Johnson was immediately in pursuit of the lead with the pass for second on Lap 2. Chasing Kyle Shipley, the pair traded the lead on Lap 6 with Shipley fighting back on Lap 8 to retake the position. Trading slide jobs through several restarts, Shipley held off the driver of the No. 34 until Lap 17 when Kyle’s night came to an early close.

Johnson would go on to win by 3.328 seconds over Dennis Gile, who scrambled through the field from ninth with Joe Scheopner advancing from 14th to complete Saturday’s podium. Rick Shuman from 11th and Andy Sole from 13th completed the top five.

Wayne Siddle crossed sixth with C.J. Bunch in seventh. Kyle Shipley would end up eighth as the first DNF on the field. Jonas Reynolds and Ryan Murphy made up the top ten.

For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Race Results: ASCS Desert Non-Wing. Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona). Saturday, September 7, 2019

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 55-Daylin Perreira, [2]; 2. 7M-Danny Mathus, [3]; 3. 0G-Kyle Shipley, [7]; 4. 7K-Bruce St. James, [5]; 5. 4T-Dennis Gile Jr., [6]; 6. 33-Brad Weiss, [1]; 7. 7-Wayne Siddle, [4]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7X-Ryan Murphy, [1]; 2. 3-Tyler Most, [2]; 3. 7MK-Mason Keefer, [4]; 4. 20-Shon Deskins, [6]; 5. 17-Joe Scheopner, [5]; 6. 2-Joshua Shipley, [7]; 7. 43-CJ Bunch, [3]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 34-R.J. Johnson, [1]; 2. 0-Jonas Reynolds, [4]; 3. 25AZ-Rick Shuman, [3]; 4. 22-Andy Sole, [5]; 5. (DNF) 51-Ronald Webster, [2]; (DNS) 44-Jake Helsel,

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 34-R.J. Johnson, [5]; 2. 4T-Dennis Gile Jr., [9]; 3. 17-Joe Scheopner, [14]; 4. 25AZ-Rick Shuman, [11]; 5. 22-Andy Sole, [13]; 6. 7-Wayne Siddle, [18]; 7. 43-CJ Bunch, [19]; 8. (DNF) 0G-Kyle Shipley, [1]; 9. (DNF) 0-Jonas Reynolds, [3]; 10. (DNF) 7X-Ryan Murphy, [2]; 11. (DNF) 20-Shon Deskins, [10]; 12. (DNF) 2-Joshua Shipley, [15]; 13. (DNF) 7K-Bruce St. James, [12]; 14. (DNF) 7M-Danny Mathus, [6]; 15. (DNF) 7MK-Mason Keefer, [7]; 16. (DNF) 3-Tyler Most, [8]; 17. (DNF) 33-Brad Weiss, [17]; (DNS) 51-Ronald Webster, ; (DNS) 44-Jake Helsel, ; (DQ) 55-Daylin Perreira, [4].

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Bryan Hulbert

Hatched in El Paso, Texas in the mid 1980’s, Bryan Hulbert first became involved in racing at the age of 7 with the family Street Stock. Bryan began working professionally in racing as a track side reporter at the El Paso Speedway Park (EPSP) and Southern New Mexico Speedway (SNMS) in August of 2006 and became the lead announcer and PR Director at both tracks in July 2007 while working on a Marketing Degree at New Mexico State University. In September 2011, Bryan was hired by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series and now the full time Announcer and PR Manager for the national series.
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