RJ Johnson Tames USAC Southwest at Queen Creek

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (April 9, 2016) – Three-time defending USAC Southwest Sprint Car Champion R.J. Johnson won Saturday night’s 4th Annual “Spring Fling” main event at Arizona Speedway. He passed Mike Martin on lap 17 and led the rest of the way to beat Charles Davis Jr., Martin, Bruce St. James and Chris Bonneau. Johnson also closed the gap on Stevie Sussex in the points race to just 10 points entering an April 23 race at Yuma. Sussex finished sixth Saturday.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 9, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “4th Annual Spring Fling”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 6. Michael Curtis (#11c Turner/Wheeler), 7. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Charles Davis, Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis, Jr., 3. Mike Martin, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Tom Ogle, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Brian Hosford, 15. Matt Rossi, 16. Kyle Shipley, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Dustin Burkhart, 19. Nick Aiuto, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Asa Kesterson. NT

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**Lundy flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Martin, Laps 17-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Josh Pelkey

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Sussex-226, 2-Johnson-216, 3-Davis-195, 4-Martin-159, 5-Pelkey-153, 6-Aiuto-140, 7-Rossi-134, 8-St. James-128, 9-Mihocko-125, 10-Ogle-115.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: April 23 – Yuma, AZ – Cocopah Speedway