Name: Brian Johnson Jr.
What do you race: Super Late Model
August 12, 2007 - Once again the Johnson Motorsports team headed to Minnesota for the ASA Midwest Tour event at Raceway Park. Brian Jr. had never competed at the track in a Super Late Model, and only had a single appearance in a Limited Late Model. Despite having no recollection of the track, he was able to qualify 7th quick in his first and only lap (the throttle stuck on the second lap, causing him to chase the car up the track - he shut the car down and coasted back into the pits). Johnson Jr. started inside the 4th row of the feature, and finished in the 7th position.
July 13, 2007 - Brian Johnson Jr. and the rest of the 38 team headed to Grundy County Speedway to take part in the ASA Midwest Tour Appleton/Echo 100. The team had a few obstacles to overcome prior to racing, however. On their way to practice Thursday night the truck pulling the trailer broke down, forcing the team to have the trailer towed to the track; they arrived at 9:30pm. With no practice time on Thursday, and a very competitive field of cars, the team was a little concerned about whether they would be able to get the optimum setup for the car in time for qualifying. Brian Jr. qualified 6th, but had transmission problems as he completed the last lap of qualifying. The team quickly changed the transmission in time for racing to begin. Brian Jr. finished 3rd in the fast dash, started the feature event inside the 4th row, and raced hard for a 5th place finish. It was a good night for the team despite the complications earlier in the day, and they're looking forward to racing at MIS on Friday, July 20th.
05/19/07 - The Brian Johnson Jr. race team headed to Jefferson Speedway, the second of the ASA Midwest Tour series races, with high hopes for the day. A few practice rounds and a good car setup made for excellent lap times, and the team's expectations for qualifying were promising. However, due to poor track conditions for the first half of qualifying (another class had a car that soaked the track with antifreeze in their qualifying session - just prior to the ASAMT qualifying), the 38 car qualified 20th of 41 cars. "The track was horrible. There were a lot of drivers, including myself, that had cars much faster than what they qualified. It wasn't until over half the teams qualified that the track improved. Suddenly everyone started having fast cars, and a lot of us that were fast all day long in practice were forced to run qualifying & last chance races," driver Brian Johnson Jr. stated. Although frustrated, the young driver finished the qualifying heat race in 2nd position, advancing him to the feature event. Upon the start of the 100-lap main event, trouble in the front of the pack caused a pileup of cars on the frontstretch. Brian's quick reaction prevented the 38 from getting too involved. The race was restarted without a few competitors, but Johnson Jr. still had a lot of work ahead of him. Throughout the race he stayed determined to get to the front, and despite severe brake trouble ("I lost all brakes around lap 60"), the young driver fought his way to a 3rd place finish. After the race, he expressed his disappointment in qualifying stating, "If I'd have had a better starting position, I think I would have been able to give the leader a pretty good battle. I just didn't have the time to get up there, and losing my brakes didn't help, either. We have a top three finish and a car in one piece; at Jefferson, that's a pretty good race night."
February 2007 - Brian Johnson Jr. is getting set for the 2007 season. He will compete in the entire ASA Midwest Tour series in a Lefthander Chassis powered by a Chevy Pro Power Racing engine. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to once again race against some of the best drivers in this region, in one of the most prestigious series' in the country."