The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 2, 2013

Motorsports: Ashland's Johnson wins Roadrunner at Selinsgrove

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Brian Johnson is finally getting a read on the roadrunner division at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Johnson, of Ashland, scored his division-leading third win of the year when he won the 20-lap roadrunner feature.

Other winners on Saturday night included Pat Cannon, 358 sprint cars; Jeff Rine, late models; and Kyle Bachman, pro stocks.

Johnson, who was runner-up in the final roadrunner point standings last year, took the lead at the drop of the green flag as he, Bob Bussey and John Fowler Jr. made it a three-car battle for the top spot for the first 12 laps when the caution flew for Brandon Shutlz who lost his left wheel and part of his axle.

Bussey, who was second in the points coming into the feature, had a tire go flat while running second on the lap 13 restart. In time trials, he broke his own track record with a lap of 26.150 seconds. Bussey was second in the points coming into the race.

Johnson pulled away from points leader Fowler Jr. on the restart and went on to become the eighth different winner in the eighth edition of the Roadrunner 20.

"We've been racing here for eight years and we're finally getting this Monte Carlo figured out," he said. "We should have won this race a couple of times already. When you start up front and have guys like Bob (Bussey) and John (Fowler Jr.) starting behind you, you better win."

Fowler held on for second with Ricky Bender third, Dustin Snook fourth and Corey Collier fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Butch Shaffer, John Schoch, Bussey, Shultz and Chris Hoffman.

Cannon, who is running a variety of sprint cars this year, scored his division-leading third win of the season, overtaking Sunbury's Mark Smith on lap 17 when Smith got caught up behind lapped traffic entering Turn 1 on the high side, leaving the bottom open for Cannon to make the winning pass.

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