Estenson Racing’s Jake Johnson fought his way back after a bad restart at the Williams Grove Half-Mile to score some valuable points at his home race in the “Keystone State.”
Due to inclement weather, it was a bit of chaos with the hurry-up schedule at round 16 of the American Flat Track series, but Johnson was in his element. He qualified fourth, took second in his Semi, had a good start in the Main and was hoping for a better one after the red flag. Unfortunately take two didn’t go any better. He was a little too eager and ended up getting shuffled backwards. The two-time Grand National Champion gathered himself and worked his way back from seventh to finish fourth.
Jake Johnson – AFT Twins #5:
“We were in the hunt all day really. I qualified fourth, which is probably one of my best qualifying spots at a non-TT this year. That was kind of the first time all year on an oval track that we were in the hunt all day. So that was encouraging. We had a shot at the podium I think early on, but I feel like fourth is kind of the speed we had yesterday in the Main event. I’m happy I was able to recover a little bit from that bad restart.
“Hopefully, we’ll keep that momentum going the last few rounds. I’m not too concerned about the points, really; it an ‘if you ain’t first, you’re last’ kind of deal. But, we actually have a realistic shot at the top five. I’m up to sixth right now, so it would be nice to finish the season off strong and at least end up in the top-five.”
Catch the race on NBCSN, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET.