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Grizzly Nationals Next For Herrera Following Tough Washington Swing

7/3/2018
Grizzly Nationals Next For Herrera Following Tough Washington Swing

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Bryan Hulbert – ELMA, Wash. (July 3, 2018) With a tough run through Washington in the rearview mirror, Johnny Herrera is on the road to Belgrade, Mont. for the third annual Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway.

“We’ve run okay at Gallatin. Track position is important there, but I’m looking forward to getting back and seeing what we can do. We’re still searching the car a little bit. We had a couple crashes the past few races, so we’re going over and making sure everything is right for this weekend.”

Five nights of racing between the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway and the Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway, Johnny’s best finish in Washington was a sixth-place showing on June 21.

“We were better in Washington at times, but then we just got caught up a few times. We started off good at Skagit and finished sixth, then the next night we ended up getting upside down so that just put us behind,” stated Herrera.

“I was surprised the car wasn’t really bent, just a lot of bolt-on parts. We got it back together and felt really good on Saturday until we ended up with a flat. We got it fixed, but with no more time than we had, we didn’t the bleeder in the right rear, so after a couple of laps, the car was just too free.”

Going into Grays Harbor, Johnny was looking to rebound at a track where he has had some success, but things would not go as planned.

“Grays Harbor was tough. The draw was really important, and we just couldn’t get past it, then we ended up getting tangled with another car in the Heat on Saturday, but it worked out where we were able to race through the B-Main and actually the car felt good in the Feature. We started 21st and ended up 13th. Once it started misting on us the last few laps, the track was just wide open, so it was tough to make up any more ground but we’re just going to keep digging and turn things around.”

The Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway takes place on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 with each night getting underway at 7:00 P.M. (MDT).

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: 25; Wins: 0; Top 5’s: 5; Top 10’s: 13; Top 15’s: 20; Top 20’s: 24

Recent Results:

6/21/2018 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, Wash.)
Heat: 4th [7th]
Qualifier: 1st [2nd]
A-Feature: 6th [5th]

6/22/2018 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, Wash.)
Heat: 4th [6th]
Qualifier: 1st [1st]
A-Feature: 19th [6th] (DNF)

6/23/2018 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, Wash.)
A-Feature: 22nd [7th]

6/29/2018 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, Wash.)
Heat: 6th [8th]
B-Feature: 2nd [4th]
A-Feature: 11th [19th]

6/30/2018 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, Wash.)
Heat: 7th [7th] DNF
B-Feature: 3rd [8th]
A-Feature: 13th [21st]

Coming Up: Grizzly Nationals

July 6 and 7 at Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, Mont.)

Johnny Herrera Racing Online:

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

Apparel:

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.