Road Racing Brings Out The “Ringers”
The most challenging aspect of Saturday’s Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented by Menards at Road America for the NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars might not be the facility’s 14 challenging turns, but rather the road-course specialists that are racing alongside them.
These specialists are adept at turning left … and right, and are often challenging for the win at the few road courses that dot the national series’ schedules. For instance, all 24 of Ron Fellows’ starts in the NNS have come at road courses, including Road America where he has three top-three finishes in three starts.
Although Fellows is not entered in this weekend’s race, there are as many as nine road-course “ringers” currently slated to attempt to make the starting field. The list of drivers includes AJ Allmendinger, Kenny Habul, Billy Johnson, Kyle Kelley, Owen Kelly, Michael McDowell, Max Papis, Derek White and John Young.