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BY CHARLIE SPRY
Columbus, WI. (Friday, August 22, 2014). Casey Johnson showed why he is a top driver in any series or weekly track, as he dominated the late model portion of the show at the Columbus 151 Speedway Friday night, in a race which honors Dick Moore, the patriarch of the Moore family and the track.

Aaron Wilke took the lead at the start of the event from Nick Wendt, with Mark Miller and others looking to advance. Casey Johnson was already on the move, passing on the outside and picking off cars one by one. Johnson passed Ron Bishofberger for fourth on lap 6, then stayed in the outside groove to work past Miller for third on lap 8. With nothing but clear sailing ahead on the outside, Johnson stayed there and now challenged Wendt for second, then made the pass on leader Wilke on lap 16. A caution on lap 21 bunched the field up, with Johnson again jumping out to the lead over Wendt, Wilke, and now Don Gaserude, who was making progress. Gaserude soon found troubles, as he dropped back in the pack, then later had a tire go down while trying to work his way back up. After another caution, Johnson again pulled away, lapping cars at will, with the battle shaping up for second between Wilke, Scott McGettigan, and Jerry Eckhardt. McGettigan took advantage of lapped traffic to shuffle Wilke back at the end, as Johnson cruised home to the win over McGettigan, Eckhardt, Wilke, and Pete Moore. Earlier in the evening, Tory Adams set fast qualifying time, with Gary Krueger, Andy Wendt, and Bishofberger winning the heat races.

Collin Tomlinson took the lead in the street stock feature from the start, with Dan Schmidt settling into second. Tomlinson set the pace, with the caution being displayed as Randy Breunig and Tim Coley made contact, with Coley spinning and both restarting at the back. Steven Sauer looked at this as a gift, as suddenly, he found himself in second spot, which he immediately took advantage of, trying to pass Tomlinson on the outside, then dropping back to make another run, which this time he made stick, taking the lead on lap 12. From there, Sauer checked out on the rest, with Tomlinson controlling second spot, and Breunig making a late race charge back to third, followed by Schmidt and Tim Belz. Breunig set fast time, with Tomlinson winning the heat race.

Justin Thomas took the lead early on in the hobby stock feature, with Justin Kumbier and A.J. Lloyd also in the hunt. Thomas kept in front, as Lloyd would appear to clear Kumbier for second, only to lose momentum time and time again. Finally, Lloyd made the pass stick on lap 12, with Thomas still leading. Then, on lap 15, Thomas dropped out of the event while leading, handing the lead to Lloyd. Kumbier was now back in the picture, racing with Lloyd once again for the lead, until Lloyd again took sole control on lap 17. Dave Trute was now up to second, but he also found trouble, as he dropped out of the event on lap 22 while running second. After a caution on lap 23, Lloyd once again took control, now with Dustin Ward right behind. Ward looked to the high side, but this failed, as he dropped back a bit, with Jimmy Robinson and Cody Buchs now right in the hunt. Late in the event, Buchs worked inside of Robinson for second, with Lloyd still in command to the end. Lloyd got the win over Buchs, Robinson, Ward, and Chester Williams. Robinson subsequently weighed in light after the event, moving everyone behind up a spot. Trute was the fastest qualifier, with Eric Bennett and Lloyd winning the heat races.

Kyle Dopkins took the early lead in the Bandit feature, as further back Keith Erickson worked the extreme outside to pass cars, while Kyle Stark did the same wherever he could find room. Dave Schmidt took the lead on lap 3 from Dopkins, then pulled away from the pack After a caution for a multi-car shunt, Schmidt still held the lead, with Stark working outside and making the lead pass on lap 10. From there, Stark built up a large lead, with the battle now for second between Schmidt and Erickson. Erickson made the pass and began trying to reel stark in, putting some distance between a furious battle for third between Schmidt, Jim Steinbach, and Jamie Kohn. Stark held the lead until the end over Erickson, Steinbach, Kohn, and Jeremy Bredeson. Stark was also the fast qualifier, with heat wins going to Doug Harriman, Schmidt, and Bill Kohn. Scott Tiedt and McKayla Adams finished one-two in the semi-feature to advance to the main event.

Nick Weiss took the initial lead in the Backup car feature, with Zachary Smith following. Matt Wachuta wasted little time in making his presence felt, taking over second on lap 2, with Andy Ward following into third. Ward moved to the inside of Wachuta for second, then slipped past Weiss right away. Wachuta then came back to challenge Ward, making the pass stick on lap 6, as Weiss was dropped to third amidst all the action. Once in the lead, there was no topping Wachuta, as he took the win over Ward, George Wachuta, Weiss, and Smith.


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