By Doug Halberstadt
Machesney Park resident Brian Johnson Jr. was one of seven drivers making their Camping World Truck Series debut in the Kroger 250 Saturday, March 27, at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson started the race in his Super Seal Construction Products Ford in the 28th position.
Johnson is fresh off winning the 2009 West ARCA Points Championship. In a total of eight races, he scored three wins, six top 10s and five poles. That success helped him catch the eye of Ray Hackett Racing. They offered him a chance to get some seat time in their NASCAR truck entry.
His goal in his first truck race was to avoid trouble and try to finish in the top 15. Things didn’t go according to plan for Johnson. He took a 32nd-place finish and ended with a wrecked truck after T-boning fellow first-timer Lance Fenton in the driver-side door on turn one of lap 114. Johnson was running eight laps behind at the time of the accident.
Johnson Jr. will most likely run more races in 2010 with Hackett Racing, either in its No. 76 or No. 75 truck. President of SUPERSEAL Ted Hubert is very pleased with the opportunity to further develop Brian’s talents and promote the SUPERSEAL brand with Ray Hackett Racing’s great program and NASCAR.
The Camping World Truck Series travels to the Nashville Superspeedway for their next race this Friday night (April 2). In a phone interview with Johnson, he stated: “We are going to Nashville, and then the series is off for about a month. The next race is in Kansas (May 2). We’re not sure whether we’re going there or not. We might not race again until Dover (May14) or Charlotte (May 21). We’ll know more after Friday’s race.”
Perhaps things will go closer to plan for Johnson Jr. in Nashville than they did for him in Martinsville.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the March 31-April 6, 2010 issue