- Apr. 16 - Talladega Short Track by Sam Holbrooks


Ronnie Johnson VL at Talladega Short Track

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Johnson Reels in "Hall of Fame" Race at Talladega Short Track

Sam Holbrooks

EASTABOGA, Ala. - April 16. Always a favorite to win here after literally thousands of laps at the one-third mile oval affectionately known as the "Hornet's Nest", Ronnie Johnson didn't disappoint his legion of Southeastern fans when he reeled in leader Stacey Holmes and brought home the $4,000 in the "Hall of Fame Week" event at Talladega Short Track.

Johnson started third in the field behind polesitter Holmes and long-time track regular Terry Smith. As Holmes took off to a strong lead, Johnson found himself engaged in a fight for second as a lap 17 caution slowed the field. With the field back up to speed, the battle resumed until Johnson was finally able to get the edge on Smith at the halfway point.

Ronnie Johnson rolls under Stacey Holmes for the lead in the $4,000-to-win Hall of Fame race at Talladega Short Track. (George Missita)

Johnson continued his charge until moving in on Holmes and driving around the outside to grab the top spot on lap 32. Holmes was able to stay with the leader in the closing laps, but would have to settle for second as the Chattanooga veteran Johnson reeled in his fifth special event win out of 12 races contested so far in 2011. Newcomer Jason Wilson was able to push Smith back to fourth, with Dillon Crim claiming fifth.

Talladega Short Track Hall of Fame 50
1) Ronnie Johnson
, 2) Stacey Holmes, 3) Jason Wilson, 4) Terry Smith, 5) Dillon Crim, 6) Tim Busha, 7) Adam Martin, 8) Brandon Roberts, 9) Chad Winkles, 10) Chris Jones, 11) Wendell Wallace, 12) Jason Hiett, 13) Jack Sullivan, 14) Tim Roszell, 15) Brent Roberts, 16) Randall Walker, 17) Chad Stapleton, 18) Doug King, 19) Buddy George, 20) Will Vaught, 21) Daniel Miller, 22) Brandon McCallum, 23) Josh Adkins, 24) Earl Smith.

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