Wayne started fifth in his heat and finished third Friday at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway. “We’re running the same car we ran at the end of last year,” he says. “It’s like a ’08. It’s been feeling so good…I’m not going to change it. It was a decent run. That gave us enough passing points to be the last car in the redraw.”
Wayne drew a starting spot inside row two for the feature. “The track was heavy all night long,” he says. “It started to roll in for the feature, but it was really rough. You had to go up above all the bumps. They always say that place is around the bottom, but both times I’ve been there we’ve been around the top.”
The lead came when Wayne stormed by Sam Hafertepe Jr. on the fifth circuit, and he was never challenged. He is a perfect two for two in Waco having picked up a victory there in 2010 driving Brian Parker’s #9x. “We were really good at Waco,” says Wayne. “We were really fast there. We were so far out at one point; Sam was running second and spun out. He collected another car and I was almost in the wreck. That’s how far out front we were.”
At 81 Speedway near Wichita on Saturday, Wayne won his heat from the pole, and started fourth in the main event. He worked his way into the lead on a lap five restart. “It took me a little bit to get the lead,” he says. “The racetrack was a little hard to pass, so it took us a while to get by Luke Cranston. We got by him on a restart with a slider early there, and took off. The thing is, the car was way too loose the whole race, but we still were pulling away.”
Despite a free racecar, Wayne found a way to keep the point. “The bottom of one and two was working well for me,” he says. “As far as I can tell, no one else was running down there. Late in the race, I did move up once it went away.”
Having built a sizable lead, a late caution for Jack Dover brought the field including second place Jason Johnson back to him. “Jason slid me a couple times (earlier in the race),” says Wayne. “He got by me for a lap, then I got back by him. It had to be fun for the fans to watch, and at that point, it was fun to be a part of. On the restart though, he was alongside me at the cone and ended up sliding me going into three. I jammed on the brakes or we would have both crashed. We made contact and it knocked me over the racetrack. That let ‘Dude’ (Danny Lasoski) and (Brian) Brown get by me. It was a good race up to that point.”
Wayne would checker fourth. He has not finished outside of the top five all season. “The worst part about that, was before the caution, I was gone,” he says. “I had pulled away. I was a straightaway out with nine to go.”
Wayne talked about why he is heading to Kilgore this weekend. “It’s on our way down to Houston for the ASCS shows the following weekend, plus we have a big race there later in the year. I haven’t run the new configuration there much. We crashed right away there last fall, so we didn’t learn much. Hopefully, we can put a good show on for the fans again.”
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Wayne answers: Tombstone for one. It’s a Western, but a newer one. I like all Westerns…any John Wayne, or classic ones. I could sit and watch them for days.
Wayne's Fast Facts
Wayne had a good 2007 season at Knoxville in the 410 despite a limited number of starts. He only failed to finish in the top ten on two occasions. One was the Knoxville Nationals finale when he finished a respectable 11th, and the other was Knoxville ’s Season Championship night when he was a DNF. His finishes chronologically were 7th, 10th, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 3rd (Nationals Prelim), 11th (Nationals finale), 3rd, and 20th. He will be running at Knoxville in their opener April 21.
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