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Jarit Johnson Comes from the Back to Finish on the Podium
Oct 19, 2006 - updated Oct 19th, 2006 7:28pm
Web posted by Shawn Stewart

Hickory, NC. --

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:(Monday October 16, 2006)

Jarit Johnson had to start in the back of the field after failing post qualifying inspection on Sunday afternoon for Hickory Motor Speedway’s Fall Brawl Limited Late Model Race. He had qualified 5th, but his car was just a few pounds too light. Despite the challenge Johnson drove his way through the field to finish 3rd. Johnson was as high as second during much of the race.

“We have been getting better each time we go to Hickory,” said Johnson. “I think had we started in 5th we could have won tonight.”

Crew Chief, Dan DiPoalo wasn’t sure why the car was light after qualifying and stated the team certainly wasn’t trying to take advantage of any rules. “We rolled the car through tech and the scales before the race and the car was actually quite heavy,” said DiPaolo, the long-time crew chief for Johnson’s late model efforts. “We didn’t make any changes and were surprised to find the car was light. I’m not really sure what happened and that’s what bothers me most.”

Johnson took the green flag from the rear of the field. The first caution of the night came out on lap five. Johnson had already moved his way up to 7th. He was dicing his way through slower cars and passing two or three cars per lap. Both Johnson and his spotter were a bit nervous about the odds of what can happen when starting in the back.

“Jarit and I talked after the race and we both agreed we thought we had a recipe for a wrecked car,” said Shawn Stewart, Spotter for Johnson. “But Jarit drove a heck of a race. He stayed out of trouble, while at the same time didn’t waste any time getting up front. It was nerve wracking for me, but it was fun at the same time to watch him drive through all those cars.”

Johnson worked his way up to second and began to catch leader Bill Lett. On a few restarts it appeared Johnson could take over the lead spot, but Lett had just a bit better car. “I think I wore out my tires getting to the front,” said Johnson. “When I got up there the car became very tight and Lett’s car was just that much better.” The race came down to a door to door battle for second and third. Johnson missed second place by about 3-feet.

In five races this year at Hickory Johnson has nearly all top fives. He’s produced 3-third place finishes; a 5th place finish and a 6th. The season at Hickory has ended; however, Johnson is working towards coming back in 2007 and chasing down a championship. The team is searching for sponsorship funding to carry their momentum into next season. Johnson would love to return to victory lane, but a championship is more on the front of his mind.

“As a racer you always want to win,” said Johnson. “But I’ve won 4-times at Hickory and now I’m set on attempting a championship.”

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