Story by Kyle Souza / Photo: Speed51.TV
Jake Johnson’s day at Five Flags Speedway started with a bit of a letdown, but ended with the biggest win of his young career.
The Rehoboth, Massachusetts, driver, who qualified 32nd in time trials for the Snowflake 100 — one of the top Pro Late Model races in the country — had to run the Last Chance Qualifier for the prestigious event just to be able to make the starting field.
However, since the green flag dropped in the LCQ — it was nothing but excitement for the rising star. Johnson started 31st, charged through the field in the 100-lap feature and survived some last-corner chaos to score the win in the Snowflake 100.
Johnson won after short-track racing stars Bubba Pollard and Stephen Nasse got together racing for the lead in the final corner — that left Pollard spun in turn three — and Nasse penalized for the rough riding contact.
Johnson, who was running third going into turn three on the last lap, left the corner and crossed the line second. After the DQ, Johnson was awarded the victory, pending post-race technical inspection.
“I don’t really know what to say, I blew qualifying out the window, but luckily I have a bada** fast race car,” Johnson said. “I was just focused on hitting my marks in case we got a late caution. All I knew is there was cars and smoke, and I was just keeping it wide open. It feels pretty dang good.”
Johnson is a two-time Legends Cars champion at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts, including a title in 2020, where he dominated the 10-race slate with multiple wins. He’s a former regular at Seekonk — running and winning in the Legends Cars, Late Models and Pro Stocks — two of Seekonk’s top two divisions.
Johnson is also a part-time competitor on the American Canadian Tour and Pro All Star Series.