Johnson leaves North Georgia Foes in Dust
CHATSWORTH, Ga. — Aug. 14. The Volunteer Racing Series and the PPM Racing Products Southern
Regional Racing Series rolled into Timmy Milwood’s North Georgia Speedway for a 40-lap $3,000 to win main event.
When all was said and done, Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn. claimed his first VRS event win of the season
after taking the lead away from Randy Weaver.
Ronnie Johnson after another big SRRS win at North Georgia
Johnson drove to the win over David Payne, Kevin Gibson, Derek Ellis and Tommy Kerr.
Fast Qualifier and pole-sitter Weaver took the early lead in a Derek Ellis owned back-up car with Johnson and
Tommy Kerr in pursuit. On the second lap the yellow waved as Jerry Bradley spun, and again on lap five as Bradley
and Ray Jarnigan collected each other in turn four.
By the sixth lap, Johnson was on the rear bumper of Weaver, and on the next lap, he went to the
inside to take the lead. By lap 11, Johnson would start to work lapped traffic.
The final yellow waved on the 14th lap as Gary McPherson lost power. During this yellow, Weaver, who was holding
on to third, pulled into the infield pits with overheating problems. Johnson led the remaining laps.
VRS/SRRS: North Georgia
1) Ronnie Johnson, 2) David Payne, 3) Kevin Gibson, 4)
Derek Ellis, 5) Tommy Kerr, 6) Mike Weeks, 7) Anthony Burroughs, 8) Brandon Kinzer, 9) Tony Morris, 10)
Robert Gant, 11) Rodney Weeks, 12) Jacob Grizzle, 13) George Mashburn, 14) Ray Jarnigan, 15) Ross
White, 16) Kayne Hickman, 17) Josh Putnam, 18) Brad Coffey, 19) Nathan Parris, 20) Johnny Chastain, 21)
Gary McPherson, 22) Randy Weaver, 23) Jerry Bradley, 24) Davie Davis
Heat winners (25
entries): Ellis, Weeks
Connie Putnam photo