Pole sitter Mark Johnson, Baxter, narrowly avoided a crash exiting North Central Speedway's first turn Saturday night en route to winning his second consecutive Wissota Street Stock feature.
The feature concluded with one less lap, 14 instead of 15, because one lap occurred before a hour and half rain delay.
Johnson was fighting off his arch rival and three-time feature winner Donny Thomsen, Baxter, when the accident happened.
The winner said he and Thomsen, both entered the turn in the high line where lapped traffic was.
"Seeing the one guy spin the back into the wall and the other guy was sideways on the track I just tried to split them like a field goal," he said. "I just tried to go right through them. It was not like I had any place to go because it was right in front of us.
"I guess I went low and kind of pushed up the track and so did he (Thomsen) so he really couldn't take advantage of it."
Tim Johnson, Brainerd, won his third Wissota Super Stock feature this season. Other feature winners were Troy Jordan, Brainerd, in Wissota Midwest Modified, Brian Johnson, Brainerd, in NCS Pure Stock and 16-year-old Derek Olson, Brainerd, won his second NCS Pure Stock B feature. Last week, he won the class's A feature.
Mid-season champions also were crowned -- Charlie Peterson, Brainerd, in Pure Stock by a margin of six points, Dan Beens, Emily, in Street Stock by eight points, Kurt Loftis, Pillager, in Super Stock by one point and Dick Peterson, Elk River, in Midwest Modified by 12 points.
Mark Johnson said the track was tacky and wet and a one-line racing surface.
Johnson didn't see Thomsen until the first-turn incident. He knew he was right behind him.
"I did hear him once coming out of two," he said.
Outside pole sitter Randy Sprague, McGregor, finished third. Beens made the biggest move, finishing sixth after starting 12th.
Tim Johnson's victory was assisted by the rule book. Tim Johnson and pole sitter Luke Hines tangled in the second turn. It was ruled that Hines turned down into Johnson so Hines had to start last.
A few laps later, Hines' car blew several puffs of smoke. His engine's water pump broke off and went into the radiator.
Tim Johnson was followed by Loftis, who started sixth, and Brad Jensen, Brainerd, who started ninth.
Jordan's victory, his first this season, was by an unofficial 3.28 seconds.
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