Chattanooga Flash Ronnie Johnson Wins Alabama State LLM Race

Monday, September 25, 2017 - by Steve Hixson
Ronnie Johnson
Ronnie Johnson
- photo by Eric Gano

Multi-time Alabama State champ Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga emerged Sunday in Victory Lane of the Limited Late Model "Alabama State" race at East Alabama Motor Speedway on the AL/GA border track.  

Fourth-starting Johnson, driving the Josh Roberts-owned # 85 "Roberts Trucking" sponsored Capital race car, took control at the outset and led all 50 laps of the Limited Late Model feature at the Alabama State Championships.

The two-time Dirt Track World Champion and Dirt Racing Hall of Fame driver pocketed $5,000 and added the victory to his collection of Alabama titles.

Polesitter Tyler Thomason finished fifth.

The feature was slowed by 10 cautions. Florida's Mark Whitener started in the sixth row and reached the second spot by lap 32. Whitner won the similar $5,000 Crate Late Model 50 lap feature. Rhett Carter ran second the first half of the race but was sent to the rear on a lap-34 caution. Ooltewah's Riley Hickman ran second in Sunday's Super Late Model feature after winning Saturday night's preliminary 25 lap feature. United Crate Racing Alliance - UCRA 602/Sportsman series champ Richie Stephens of Phenix City, Al. was acknowledged with the championship trophy and winner's share of the points money.   

 


The Josh Roberts-owned # 85 "Roberts Trucking" sponsored Capital race car
The Josh Roberts-owned # 85 "Roberts Trucking" sponsored Capital race car
- Photo2 by Eric Gano


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