October 8, 2018 (Oswego, NY) – Marc Johnson turned a heartbreaking Camping World 150 result into a top five effort in the Billy Whitaker Cars & Trux 200 at Super Dirt Week. When the ‘white knight’ rolled out of Oswego following the conclusion of racing’s biggest party, he was the top ‘Dirty Dozen’ Modified driver at the clay palace heading into this weeks Fall Madness Most Popular Driver Tournament.
Johnson started the Camping World 150 for DIRTcar 358 Modifieds in the 18th position and early on battled with Todd Root, Brett Hearn, and Gary Lindberg. Towards the mid portion of the race he had moved inside the top 10 racing with Pat Ward and Peter Britten. Marc had advanced all the way up to 8th when a fuel pump broke on lap 135 ending his day with a disappointing 34th place finish.
Sunday morning the team was re-energized and ready, as Johnson would fire from the 28th starting position when the green flag dropped on the Billy Whitaker Cars & Trux 200. He immediately began making moves to improve position and worked his way up to 11th position by midway point in the event.
The second half of the 200 Marc spent time racing with Gary Tompkins, Billy Dunn, and Matt Williamson. The 2017 King Of Dirt Champion displayed incredible patience and pin-point pit strategy, as Johnson worked his way to a 5th place finish among the best in the Big Block Modified business.
2018 King Of Dirt Racing 358 Modified Champion Bobby Varin had a much different experience at Super Dirt Week, as he didn’t compete in the Camping World 150 for Small Block Modifieds. The team instead focused on the Big Block efforts at the clay palace where he’d fire from the 26th starting position when the green flag flew.
He began making moves to improve track position taking spots from Billy Whitaker and Ryan Godown early on. By the mid point of the race Varin was racing for the 12th position and looking poised to finish top 10 in the Billy Whitaker Cars & Trux 200 on Sunday. Some late race troubles and a mechanical faux pa sent him to the rear with about 25 to go. Varin would rally to finish all 200 laps climbing from 35th to 23rd where he’d finish.
Demetrios Drellos looked strong in qualifying efforts for both the Big Block and Small Block shows at Super Dirt Week. Starting the Camping World 150 for 358 Modifieds in the 36th position he began his race mixing it up with Rocky Warner and Lance Willix. He’d go on to complete all 150 laps, but disappointingly finish 30th at the races conclusion.
In the Billy Whitaker Cars & Trux 200 Drellos fired from the 16th starting position and found himself in battle with some heavy hitters like eventual race winner Larry Wight, Tom Sears Jr., and Billy Decker. His Big Block effort would be short lived though, as 70 laps into the event Demetrios took his racecar to the pits with mechanical issues and was done for the day. He’d come away with some great experience, but a disappointing 39th place finish.
Congratulations to all ‘Dirty Dozen’ Modified drivers and honorable mentions at Super Dirt Week 47. Next up for the King Of Dirt 358 Modified drivers is the Fall Madness Most Popular Driver Tournament exclusively through the KOD Facebook page beginning this Monday night at 9 PM.
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