latemodelamerica.com - May 15 - Minneapolis Raceway
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Matt Johnson - MDLMS - Minneapolis - May 15

Missouri driver Matt Johnson took an important step toward gaining wider recognition with his Midwest Dirtcar Late Model Series win Saturday at Minneapolis Raceway. (Andrew Towne)

Minneapolis starting field

Polesitter Jerry Warner of Nebraska prepares to bring the field to green at Minneapolis before outside poleman Matt Johnson launched his #5 into the lead. (Andrew Towne)

Matt Johnson VL - May 15

Matt Johnson after his first Midwest Dirtcar Late Model Series win on Saturday at Minneapolis (Kan.) Raceway. (Andrew Towne)

Matt Johnson Takes MDLMS Honors Back to Show-Me State

Dusty Wiegert

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. - May 15. On a misty and foggy evening at the Minneapolis Raceway Missouri driver Matt Johnson made the long tow pay off with a big win in the Midwest DIRTcar Late Model Series first visit in 2010.

Johnson drew the outside pole position for the feature event after a second place finish in his heat race. He quickly jumped to the lead, beating Nebraskan Jerry Warner on the start. Johnson checked out quickly while Warner, Delbert Smith, and Mike Wiarda stage a great battle for second. The first yellow came out on lap seven for Tyler Gottschalk.

Mike Wiarda - Delbert Smith - May 15

Mike Wiarda keeps #92 Delbert Smith at bay to finish second at Minneapolis. (Andrew Towne)

On the restart, Johnson pulled away again while Wiarda pulled into third and David Brack challenging Smith for fourth. Another yellow came out on lap nine for a spin by Doug Sieh, followed by another on lap 11 for Cale Gottschalk.

On the restart, Rick Leatherman got into the wall on the frontstretch ending his night and another yellow, the last to come out. From there the race went green to checkered. Johnson manuevered his way through lapped traffic until five to go, when Wiarda started catching Johnson as he had trouble getting around Earl Kinderknecht. However, time ran out for Wiarda, who had closed in considerably as Johnson crossed first, followed by Wiarda, Warner, Smith, and Brack.

David Brack - Delbert Smith - Andrew Towne
David Brack challenges #92 Delbert Smith for fourth, but ultimately Smith advanced to second while Brack had to settle for fifth place. (Andrew Towne)

The drive of the night was by local Kelly Dunn. Dunn ran in the top 10 until pulling into the pits during the yellow. When he came back out of the pits and started last he ran from dead last up to sixth by the end of the race with what some considered the fastest car on the track.

Wiarda, Warner, and Dunn won the heat races with Johnson picking up the extra money in the Alternative Pest Management Cash Dash.

Caney driver Gary Gorby padded his points lead with another top 10 finish but Cale and Tyler Gottschalk, Darin Busch, and Brad Fortney continue to be within striking distance. 

Brad Fortney - May 15

Third starting Brad Fortney stands it up on his way to a ninth place finish at Minneapolis Raceway. (Andrew Towne)

Finish - Minneapolis - May 15

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