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Herrera Charges to Ninth-Place Dirt Cup Finish at Skagit Speedway

6/28/2017
Herrera Charges to Ninth-Place Dirt Cup Finish at Skagit Speedway

(Photo by Lisa Dynes Photography)

Inside Line Promotions – ALGER, Wash. (June 28, 2017) – Johnny Herrera overcame a deep starting position to post a top-10 finish and earn the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars during the 46th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup finale on Saturday night at Skagit Speedway.

Herrera started the main event, which was lined up according to points accumulated the prior two nights, in the 15th starting position and he moved forward to a ninth-place result in the 40-lap race.

“Our car was pretty good that night,” he said. “We just started too far back to have much of a chance of getting to the front. It made it more difficult when we ran the first 36 laps non-stop because the cars got pretty strung out. We restarted 11th with four laps to go and were able to move up a couple of more spots, but that was about all we could do since we were a lap down.”

The importance of passing points was evident for Herrera in the prior two nights of preliminary action after drawing the seventh starting position for each of his heat races.

On Thursday, he advanced to fourth in the heat, earning him the pole starting position for his qualifier, which he won. He then finished eighth in the night’s main event after starting seventh.

On Friday, Herrera finished sixth in his heat and seventh in a qualifier after starting eighth. He fell one spot short of advancing to the A Main when he finished fourth in a B Main.

“Friday night definitely hurt us in points for our starting spot on Saturday,” he said. “We were running in third at one point, but lost it toward the end.

“We’re still struggling a bit with the balance of the car. We need to have two good nights in a row. I’m confident we’ll get it back soon and get back on a roll.”

The Fred Brownfield Classic this weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., would seem to be an appropriate place for Herrera to see an improvement in his recent results.

“We’re looking forward to going there,” he said. “It’s been a good track for us recently. I think our last four finishes there are a win and three thirds.”

QUICK RESULTS –

June 22 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Heat race: 4 (7); Qualifier: 1 (1); Feature: 8 (7).

June 23 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Heat race: 6 (7); Qualifier: 7 (8); B Main: 4 (3).

June 24 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Feature: 9 (15).

SEASON STATS –

24 races, 3 wins, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s, 22 top 15s, 22 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Friday and Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., for the Fred Brownfield Classic with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.JohnnyHerreraRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyHerrera2

APPAREL –

Herrera has t-shirts available for sale at his race trailer and at http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com/shopping.

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“I think I’ve been with CSI since Garrett Andrews started the company,” he said. “They are very knowledgeable and professional and do a great job.”

Herrera would also like to thank Morton Excavating, Champion Brands, Mesilla Valley Transportation, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Ostrich Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Schoenfeld Headers, Maxim Chassis, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Simpson Race Products, Outlaw Wings, Weld Wheels, Finish Line Coatings, Semi-Crazy Truck Wash, Smiley’s Racing Products, CSR Garage and Heidbreder Foundation Services for their continued support.

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