Bandolero Champion Ethan Johnson Looks Ahead

LUCAMA, NC – After winning the Bandolero division championship at Southern National Motorsports Park, 13-year-old Ethan Johnson is looking ahead to the remainder of the season and what’s ahead in the future.

Winning the championship at Southern National meant a lot to Johnson.  His father, Jeffrey, used to race at Southern National Motorsports Park, so winning at the same track his father raced at was meaningful to the Apex, North Carolina teenager.

“We’ve been racing there for quite a while and my dad raced Mini Stocks there,” Johnson said.  “It was really awesome to win a championship.  We came close last year and this year, we were able to pull it off and we had fun all year.”

Johnson, who will compete in the Bandolero race at the Spooktacular on Saturday, October 7th, plans to race out the remainder of the season with his focus on winning races.

“I’m hoping to have more wins and top-fives,” Johnson commented.  “I’m not trying to win them all.  I just want to have fun and do the best I can all year.”

Johnson is already looking ahead to his future.  After dominating the Bandolero division with six wins at Southern National in 2017, Johnson is prepared to make the step up to the Charger division in 2018.

“Next year, we’re going to try to put together a Charger car to run at Southern National and other tracks.  After that, hopefully we’ll move into Late Models and do the best we can in that.  Hopefully, by our second year, we’ll win some and have fun and everything.”

In addition to his championship at Southern National, Johnson has a championship at East Carolina Motor Speedway which he won back in 2015 and finished second in points at Wake County this season.

The Bandolero division will race for 15 laps at the Spooktacular, along with the Pro Late Models, Limited Late Models, Mini Stocks, Chargers, Legends and Any Cars.  More information about the Spooktacular can be found at

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