Johnson caps off graduation weekend with Bristol win

Caleb Johnson had plenty to celebrate over the weekend.

He graduated from Elizabethton High School on Saturday morning and then won the Motorcycle race at the DER Bracket Series season opener at Bristol Dragway on Sunday afternoon.

Johnson had quite a memorable high school football career, after being a member of two state championship teams and playing on the state runner-up team his senior season. He also won two races at Bristol Dragway last season in the Motorcycle class as well as racing a Camaro in the Trophy class.

He posted a quick .005 reaction time coupled with a 6.005-second elapsed time at 113.70 mph to beat Kayden Haynes from Mount Carmel in the final round.

Randy Walters scored the Pro victory, winning on a holeshot over Tyrone Merlic from Wytheville, Virginia. Walters’ 1970 Plymouth Duster got off the line with a near-perfect .001 reaction time to go along with a 6.902-second run at 100.85 mph.

Danny Guinn also had a quicker reaction time than his final-round opponent, Mike Millillan from Castlewood, Virginia in the Trophy class. Guinn took his 1972 Camaro to a 12.047 second run at 102.32 mph.

Kingsport racer Brady Chapman was the No. 1 qualifier and eventually reached the final in the Super Pro class. Despite a strong run of 4.705 seconds at 145.89 mph, he came up just short to Newport’s Rodney Finchum in the championship round.

Eric Colley from Bristol won on a holeshot in the Sportsman final with Chris Justus from Hurley, Virginia the runner-up.

Hampton racer Luke Hutchinson was the Junior Dragster, Division 1 winner with Landon Bailey from Abingdon his final-round opponent. Forrest Radford from Radford, Va., was the winner over Blountville’s Autumn Wright in Division 2. Haley Bowers from Blountville captured the Division3 race with Phillip Radford second.

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