Rod Johnson Jr. Takes Points Lead

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See what Rod Johnson Jr. had to say about retaking the points lead after his third place finish on Saturday.

IRWINDALE-  Canyon Country resident Rod Johnson, Jr. took the points lead in the Auto Club Late Model Series Saturday with a third place finish at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

With his 8th top 5 finish in 10 races this season, Johnson took the points lead from defending champion Nick Joanides who finished 7th in Saturdays race.

“It makes me feel like the top dog to be back on top, I like being in the lead more than chasing the lead, it’s more of a comfort factor for me,” said Johnson.

Johnson started the night by qualifying on the pole but was inverted to fourth after the role of the dice. He spent most of the night battling Travis Irving for second as race winner Derek Thorn from Bakersfield led most of the race in dominant fashion.

“We played a conservative race, we laid low and went point racing, buying our time and making safe moves,” said Johnson.

There are seven races left in the Auto Club Late Model series this season. Johnson currently holds a four point lead over defending champion Nick Joanides and a twenty four point lead over third place Chris Holloway.

After the race Johnson said that consistency would be the most important factor the rest of the way in order to hold on to the points lead.

“More top 3 and top 5 finishes are key, the wins will come but as long as we finish in the top 5 with no break downs and no wrecks we’ll be right there.”

Toyota Speedway at Irwindale Celebrated it’s Kids Against Cancer night with carnival rides, a petting zoo and a silent auction where people could bid on NASCAR memorabilia.  At the end of the night an old van was placed at the center of the track and was torched with a jet car.

Cougar News had a sit down interview with Rod Johnson Jr. in April. Get an inside look at the rising star in NASCAR.