JOHNSON EARNS HIGH SCHOOL'S FIRST TROPHY AS FIRST BRACKET RACE OF SEASON PUT IN BOOKS

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Seventeen-year-old senior Coty Johnson became the first driver to win a Rockett Brand Race Fuel ET Bracket Series race for the Seneca High School Auto Club on Saturday in an all-Seneca High final round at Route 66 Raceway.

Johnson, of Seneca, drove the school's 1979 Ford Mustang to an 8.863-second finish at 73.44 mph to defeat classmate Jake Hoelscher, who fouled out at the starting line, in the High School division.

This is the third year Johnson has worked on the car. He was selected to be a driver this year on the amount of time he's spent in the seat. The five-year-old program's previous high finish was a third-place in 2006, said Ron Jensen, Seneca High's motorsports club advisor.

This year the team, which includes sophomore Brandon Sands, sophomore Ron Webb, senior Christina Harness, senior Jesse Lewis, and Hoelscher, also a senior, wants to earn enough points to compete at the series finals, held at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis later this year.

"We started this program to get kids off of street racing," Jensen said. "We wanted to show them the right way to do it. We had a pretty good turnout right away."

Jensen said several other local high schools will be ready to compete against Seneca in the coming months.

Winners in other categories included: Dave Ancel in Super Pro (5.308, 131.10); Rich Singleton in Pro (8.323, 83.00); Tom Ewig in Bike (6.133, 104.76); and Michael Slaviero in Sportsman (7.878, 88.36).

POINTS: AFTER ROCKETT BRAND RACE FUELS BRACKET ET RACE #2

RACE WINNERS

SUPER PRO
Dave Ancel 5.308, 131.10 (foul) vs. Anthony Plude 5.396, 128.70 (foul)

PRO
Rich Singleton 8.323, 83.00 vs. Michael Roppo 6.426, 103.95

BIKE
Tom Ewig 6.133, 104.76 vs. Frank Linders 6.402, 100.75

SPORTSMAN
Michael Slaviero, 7.878, 88.36 vs. Michael Szromba 10.467, 67.29 (foul)

HIGH SCHOOL
Coty Johnson 8.863, 73.44 vs. Jake Hoelscher 8.150, 84.51 (foul)

SUPER PRO (Wins)
1. DAVE ANCEL (1), Morris, IL, 101; 2. Jeff VanDeVoorde, Batavia, IL, 65; 3. Jerry Cotton, St. John, IN, 46; 4. Wayne Grafstrom, Braidwood, IL, 46; 5. Dennis Navarro, Oswego, IL, 46; 6. Chris Lancaster, New Lenox, IL, 33; 7. Justin Ford, Channahon, IL, 33; 8. Brent Stephenson, Minooka, IL, 33; 9. Larry Bokal, New Lenox, IL, 33; 10. Chris Riester, Oak Forest, IL, 33; 11. Bill Hurst, Braceville, IL, 33; 12. Scott Blazekovich, Minooka, IL, 33.

PRO (Wins)
1. RICH SINGLETON (1), Frankfort, IL, 108; 2. Michael Roppo, Lockport, IL, 91; 3. Steve Henderson, Lockport, IL, 75; 4. Jenna Weidner, Manhattan, IL, 60; 5. Don Schomerm Oswego, IL, 60; 6. Greg Bosak, Des Plains, IL, 60; 7. Wade Headrick, Custer Park, IL, 46; 8. Larry Cary, Chicago Ridge, IL, 46; 9. Ed Marquardt, Channahon, IL, 46; 10. Rich Heidlauf, Wildwood, IL, 46; 11. Jeffrey Martin, Homer Glen, IL, 46.

SPORTSMAN (Wins)
1.MICHAEL SLAVIERO (1), New Lenox, IL 91; 2. Michael Szromba, South Holland, IL, 75; 3. Bill Northup, Remington, IN, 60; 4. Jeff Clark, Crete, IL, 46; 5. Ryan Alley, Minooka, IL, 46; 6. Tony Lyons, Ashkum, IL, 33; 7. Steve Opielinski, Joliet, IL, 33; 8. Fred Trombley, Homer Glen, IL, 33; 9. Michael Pryka, Bartlett, IL, 33; 10. Jesse Brady, Dwight, IL, 33.

BIKE (Wins)
1.TOM EWIG (1), South Milwaukee, WI, 60; 2. Frank Linders, Washington, IL, 46; 3. Paul Waters, New Lenox, IL, 33; 4. Mike Bostic, Valparaiso, IN, 21; 5. Nicole Florey, New Lenox, IL, 21; 6. Tom Gaffney, Worth, IL, 21; 7. Greg Darm, Streator, IL, 10; 8. Robert Sutterlin, New Lenox, IL, 10; 9. Tom Florey, New Lenox, IL, 10; 10. Dawn Florey, New Lenox, IL, 10; 11. Tim Kuehlem, Plano, IL, 10; 12. Bill Homuth, Hampshire, IL, 10.

HIGH SCHOOL (Wins)
1. COTY JOHNSON (1), Marseilles, IL, 46; 2. Jake Hoelscher, Seneca, IL, 33; 3. Eva Henderson, Lockport, IL, 21; 4. Scott Flounders, Homer Glen, IL, 21; 5. Jason McGrady-Szromba, New Lenox, IL; 6. Ashley Santoro, Bloomingdale, IL, 10; 7. Craig Schober, Orland Park, IL, 10.

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