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Herrera Bringing Fresh Setup To 47th Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup

Herrera Bringing Fresh Setup To 47th Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup

(Image Credit: Casey Cochran)

Bryan Hulbert – ALGER, Wash. (June 19, 2018) Following a rough Speedweek, Johnny Herrera is determined to get to the front of the field as the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 45x team rolls to the 47th Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway this weekend.

“Speedweek was terrible. We tried everything we could think to throw at the car and nothing worked so we’re bringing a new car to Dirt Cup,” explained Herrera who is fifth in tour standings. “We’ve changed everything but the frame at this point, so we’re just going to bring the spare car down and start over; frame, engine, everything.”

Taking on Devi’s Bowl Speedway on Tuesday, June 12, Johnny found himself having to fight through the B-Feature. Finishing second, the driver of the No. 45x moved from 18th to 14th. Moving to Lawton Speedway the following night, Johnny grabbed a seventh-place finish.

Again, having to come out of a B-Feature Thursday, June 14 at Creek County Speedway, Johnny was just shy of a top-ten with a run from 17th to 11th. Wrapping up at Salina Speedway, the night ended with a DNF as the top-wing came undone.

Heading into three-night of racing that fires off on Thursday, June 21, the $15,000 to win affair brings a plethora of talent to the Pacific Northwest. Finishing fifth in 2016, Herrera knows how to get around the three-tenths-mile oval.

“Skagit is a fun track, I've always enjoyed racing there. We’re looking forward to getting back up to Washington to see what we can do with the new setup. I’d like to think I haven’t forgotten how to drive a Sprint Car, and really, it’s not that we’ve been terrible all year, we just haven’t the consistency we normally have.”

The 2018 season marks the 34th year of racing for Johnny Herrera which includes over 140 victories in various forms of Sprint Car competition. For more information, and to keep in touch with the man called “Hollywood”, log onto to http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com.

2018 Season To Date:

Races: 20; Wins: 0; Top 5’s: 5; Top 10’s: 12; Top 15’s: 17; Top 20’s: 20

Recent Results:

6/12/2018 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas)
Heat: 6th [6th]
B-Feature: 2nd [1st]
A-Feature: 14th [18th]

6/13/2018 – Lawton Speedway (Lawton, Okla.)
Heat: 4th [6th]
A-Feature: 7th [5th]

6/14/2018 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Okla.)
Heat: 6th [8th]
B-Feature: 1st [1st]
A-Feature: 11th [17th]

6/16/2018 – Salina Speedway (Salina, Kan.)
Heat: 4th [5th]
A-Feature 19th [10th] DNF

Coming Up: 47th Dirt Cup

June 21, 22, and 23 at Skagit Speedway (Alger, Wash.)

Johnny Herrera Racing Online:

Website: http://www.JohnnyHerreraRacing.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyHerrera2


Online soon at http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com/shopping and in the Pits at the team’s trailer.

Sponsor Highlight: Smiley’s Racing Products:

A longtime supporter of Johnny Herrera, Smiley's Racing Products, and Hoosier Tire Southwest has been in the racing business since 1968 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. For more information, and to shop Smiley’s Racing Products, find them online at http://www.smileysracing.com.

Johnny Herrera would also like to thank Morton Excavating, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Champion Brands, 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, Heidbreder Foundation Services and Rocket Designs for their continued support.