Jerick Johnson and The American Legion /David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car is in Iowa this weekend to compete in the ARCA Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway - an .875-mile paved oval near Des Moines. Johnson enters the race 18th in ARCA championship points and third in Rookie Points. He is first in the Hard Charger category, having passed more cars than any driver this year.
"Last year was sort of bittersweet here at Iowa Speedway," Johnson said today. "We qualified ninth for the ASA Late Model Series race, but the top nine cars were inverted after the pole winner drew the number nine, giving us the pole. We crashed the 76 Car after about 50 laps."
If Johnson is going to take the pole in the Prairie Meadows 200, he is going to have to do it on the track, not by the luck of the draw. Speed alone determines the starting position for all cars in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards.
Action at the track gets underway Saturday. The ARCA drivers take practice runs from 10 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Qualifications begin ay 5:15 p.m., and the 200-lap, 175-mile race is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED.
Fans unable to attend the race have an opportunity to greet Johnson and the entire Team Johnson Motorsports crew at the American Legion Post in Newton, Iowa from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Johnson and other ARCA drivers are also scheduled to sign autographs at an area casino Friday.