Photo by James V. Carroll

Freedom Car running in Pittsburgh

Driver Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David law Firm 76 Freedom Car is scheduled to compete July 8 at the one-half mile Motordrome Speedway 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh. Johnson will be racing in the annual Steel City 100 for NASCAR Subway Late Models. The traditional crown-jewel event of the summer is certain to draw top racers from throughout the region seeking a share $15,000 purse.

"We feel confident we are competitive," Johnson said. "We have a car capable of winning if we can keep it on the track until the checkered flag."

The 76 Freedom Car has been unreliable at times this season - not finishing in four races. But when Johnson crosses the finish line he has a record most race teams only dream about. In addition to his first win this season at Newport Speedway May 21 in Newport, Tenn., Johnson has compiled eight top-10 and seven top-five finishes in 12 starts.

"If we could magically wipe way our DNFs we would be in the middle of an awesome season," Johnson said. "We are not giving up. It has been a roller coaster ride for us. We are proud of our season - not satisfied, but proud."

Grandstand gates open Friday at 5:30 p.m., and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

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