In a scrappy fight for top honors
in SRRS action at Boyd's Speedway, Ronnie Johnson leads Skip Arp around the slower car of Ray McElhiney (#20). Arp
and Johnson exchanged the lead several times before leader Johnson dropped a drive shaft.
SRRS: Johnson Gets the
Shaft; Arp Claims Second Win at Boyd's
|Skip Arp takes the checkers after a hard-fought battle with Ronnie Johnson at Boyd's
Speedway. (Connie Putnam)
RINGGOLD, Ga. - Aug. 21. Ronnie Johnson appeared to be headed to his fifth win of the season on the Southern
Regional Racing Series (SRRS) Saturday at Boyd's Speedway, but a broken drive shaft in the final laps sidelined the
Chattanooga veteran and opened the door for Skip Arp to claim his second of the season on the tour. It was also
Arp's second at this north Georgia Speedway, where his first checkered flag cam on May 1st.
With 31 cars registered in, the fastest qualifier overall
Josh Putnam races ahead of Chad Ogle until a blown engine knocked the Florence, Ala.
ace out of third place at Boyd's. (Connie
was the Kevin Gibson with a 14.07-second lap in his #M45 car. Chad Ogle and Arp topped qualifying in their
respective groups to lock in a starting spot in the feature, along with Josh Putnam, Brett Wyatt, Brandon Kinzer,
Tony Morris, Johnson, and George Mashburn.
Veteran Tennessee racer Skip Arp of Georgetown after his latest triumph in SRRS
action at Boyd's Speedway. (Connie Putnam)
Arp took the top spot on the green flag, but Johnson passed him for the lead on lap 10, with Putnam following in
third. Lap 14 saw Arp pass Johnson to take the lead once again, but shortly before lap 25, Johnson was back up
front again, just as Putnam saw his race end with a blown engine.
Johnson maintained the top spot until, on lap 35, he suddenly dropped a drive shaft. Arp inherited the lead back
and stayed there to take the win over Kinzer and William Thomas. Fourth place was a rare three-way tie between
David Payne, Randy Weaver, and Ogle.
Derek Ellis loops his #99 ahead of traffic at Boyd's Speedway.
Aug. 21 - SRRS - Boyd's
1) Skip Arp, 2) Brandon Kinzer,
3) William Thomas, 4) David Payne, 5) Randy Weaver, 6) Chad Ogle, 7) Jake Knowles, 8) Riley Hickman, 9)
Tony Morris, 10) Anthony Burroughs, 11) Jay Brinkley, 12) Kevin Gibson, 13) Brett Wyatt, 14) Robert
Gant, 15) Jacob Grizzle, 16) Jason Welshan, 17) Ray Mcelhiney, 18) Ronnie Johnson, 19) Josh Putnam, 20)
Mark Douglas, 21) John Owenby, 22) Anthony White, 23) Derek Ellis, 24) Craig Burrows, 25) Mike
Fast Time (31 entries): Kevin Gibson (14.07 secs.)
Connie Putnam photo