Ronnie Johnson Racks Up At Boyds Speedway

Sunday, August 03, 2014
Ronnie Johnson
Ronnie Johnson

Dirt Track Hall of Famer and Two Time Dirt Track World Champion Ronnie Johnson returned to his home track in East Ridge on Saturday night and picked up the win in the Steel-head Late Model "Slaton & Smith Construction, DirtonDirt.com feature.

RJ from Chattanooga pocketed the Top Gun Night payday at Boyds Speedway of $200 before going on to win the feature over Rick Hixson and Lil' John Ownbey worth an additional $1,000.

Johnson wasn't racing his familiar #5 racecar; instead he piloted the Richard Austin's owned #A-19 "Austin Trucking, Tindell & Sons Carpet, KC Graphics, Vinson Racing Engines, Gene's Racing Parts" sponsored machine.

In the Crate LM feature Villanow, Georgia's Jeff Smith took the victory. Jimmy Smith (no relation to Jeff) of Red Bank won the B-Hobby and Booger Brooks of Chattanooga won the A-Hobby race. Birchwood's Koty Campbell won the Mini Stocks race.

Boyd's Speedway will see the Outlaw Winged Sprint Cars and Mini Sprints return for the next event on Friday night. All Classes except the Ponys will see action with the LLM (Steelhead's) and the Crate being combined together for one feature race.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with Racing at 7 p.m. 


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