By BILL FOLEY
In 2020, ‘AJ Slideways’ Alan Johnson will be looking to continue an annual winning streak that goes back to 1975 and his loyal fans continue to follow his legendary career.
Recently, Dirt Track Digest reached out to Alan to reflect upon what has turned out to be a pretty historical event in Northeast dirt racing as well as to discuss the 2020 racing season.
Johnson drove the first Troyer Mud Bus and he graciously talked about it.
He said,”Eighty-one was the year we came out with the first Troyer. Maynard had approached us the previous fall and wanted to know if we would be interested in running a car that he was planning on putting together.”
Continuing he explained, “The car was pretty basic and not really anything experimental. It was pretty close to what we had in 1980.”
The car came out of the box in pretty good condition as he said, “the first weekend was obviously satisfying” as it included a win at Rolling Wheels in only its second day on the track.
Alan said, “We had a fantastic year in 1980, but having the opportunity to get in something brand new was pretty exciting. It wasn’t really a house car so to speak, but at the end of the year it was given to Tico (Conley). In ’80 we had won 23 races with a car pretty much pieced together while usually buying used tires when we arrived at the track. In ‘81 everything was new and we always had new tires to run. I believe we won around 35 races in 1981.”
Johnson is looking forward to another year as he said, “This year looks to pre-pretty much the same schedule we ran last year, Friday at Outlaw and Saturday’s at Canandaigua.”
There could be more if something works out with Ray Graham, but rest assured if and when the 2020 racing season begins Johnson’s legendary racing career will continue as fans will continue to savor in watching and cheering for this Hall of Famer.