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July 13, 2013 8:26 PM

Johnson Finishes 15th in Oval Debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

 

Loudon, N.H. (July 13, 2013) – Multiple green-white-checkered finishes couldn’t keep Johnson and the NESN/B-Strong Ford Mustang team out of the top-15 in Friday’s CNBC Prime’s The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

From the moment the green flag flew, Johnson and crew chief Seth Barbour knew what they needed to achieve; a solid finish with a clean car.  They delivered. 

Johnson started in the 22nd position and quickly settled in to his rhythm.  By the first caution at lap 35 the rookie had worked his way up to 18th.  Crew chief Seth Barbour called his driver down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel.  Johnson said the car was good and no further adjustments were made.

The team flirted with the top-10 all day eventually slipping into the 8th position by lap 116.  Shortly after, Johnson clicked off his quickest lap of the day at lap 119.  Johnson battled all day making the first adjustment on the car, a round down on the track bar in an overtime stop on lap 202.  Barbour called for a splash of fuel and sent the rookie back out for his final charge.

On the restart, Johnson hung on through dicey traffic and brought the car home in the 15th position.  “It was crazy,” said Johnson after the race. 

 

 

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