To say Casey Johnson has been on a hot streak this year would be an understatement. In about thirty races at Wisconsin International Raceway (WIR) and Jefferson Speedway combined, he’s tallied a total of seven wins and 22 podium finishes.
“Our key to success this year has just been to run smart races,” Johnson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “The cars have had a lot of speed, so as long as I keep the fenders on them, they see to make it up front by the end of the races.”
Johnson grabbed his third Super Late Model win at WIR Thursday night, where he currently sits in a tie for second in the point standings. But what makes Johnson’s success at the half-mile track in Kaukauna, Wisconsin even more impressive is he is just a rookie there.
“I’ve learned a ton at KK,” said Johnson, “I think the difficulty of the track has made me a better driver anyplace I go. At KK you have to hit your marks perfect or you lose two to three tenths easy, which makes you focus on what you’re doing.”
With its unique shape and dog-leg front stretch, WIR is known as one of the trickier tracks in Wisconsin, however, Johnson has found a certain aspect that plays into his driving style and helps his success.
“Being able to run the outside groove,” said Johnson. “I love being able to hang it out up there to pass guys.”
Meanwhile just over 100 miles from WIR at Jefferson Speedway. Johnson owns four Limited Late Model wins and has already locked up the championship with two races remaining.
“Anytime you can win a championship it’s a real accomplishment,” said Johnson. “There’s a lot of times the fastest car doesn’t always win the title. It takes a full year of consistency and great crew to keep the car reliable to make it happen.”
Johnson also recently took home the Badgerland Challenge title last Saturday night. A three race Limited Late Model Series with events at Slinger Speedway, Madison International Speedway and Jefferson, ended with Johnson claiming a runner-up finish at Jefferson to win the overall title by two points.
Also on his resume in 2015, a Super Late Model win at Madison International Speedway in the Triple Crown Challenge and a Limited Late Model win at Dells Raceway Park and Slinger Speedway.
Whether in his Super Late Model at WIR or his Limited Late Model at Jefferson Speedway, there is no doubt that Johnson is the guy to beat on any given Thursday or Saturday night.
“It’s always nice to roll into a track and be the one to beat,” said Johnson. “My dad and I built that car new this winter and ever since we unloaded it opening weekend it’s been unbelievable.”
-Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor, Twitter: @Jwimmer22
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