Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (June 23, 2013) - Billy Johnson finished 15th in Saturday’s Johnsonville Sausage 200 at the 4.05-mile road course of Road America in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the season.
A strong qualifying effort put the team in seventh position for the drop of the green flag, within one lap Johnson had maneuvered his way up four spots to third.
On lap 14, Crew Chief Seth Barbour called his driver down pit road to take four tires, a round of track-bar in and two cans of Sunoco fuel. Unfortunately for the team, Johnson was penalized for being too fast on pit road and was shuffled back to the tail end of the field.
Johnson and the No. 16 Ford Ecoboost team began picking off cars one by one and by lap 31 had already moved up to eighth position when the caution came out, Barbour called his driver down pit road to take a quarter-round out, four tires and two cans of fuel. The team’s blistering stop gained them one more position on pit road moving Johnson up to seventh with 19 laps to go.
On lap 39, Johnson reclaimed the lead as he reported in the car being just a tick tight off the corners.
Johnson was shuffled back to sixteenth after contact on lap 47 sent him off the track, this time Barbour called him down pit road to fix the left front damage and take four fresh tires and two cans of fuel.
When the dust settled, Johnson crossed the finish line in 15th after battling from the back of the field to the front several times. Johnson’s next NNS race in the No.16 will be the New England 200, July 13th at Loudon, NH.
Feed the Children 300
1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway
Friday, June 28
7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and PRN