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Oklahoma scene: Wayne Johnson purses $10,000 for winning race — but still loses national championship

The Oklahoma City native fell 77 points shy of Eunice, La., driver Jason Johnson for American Sprint Car Series national title.
From Staff Reports Published: November 18, 2012
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Wayne Johnson won the last battle but lost the overall war. The Oklahoma City native captured the last American Sprint Car Series main event of the season late Saturday night, but he still fell 77 points shy of Jason Johnson for the national championship. Wayne Johnson, who is not related to Jason Johnson of Eunice, La., pursed $10,000 Saturday for winning the final race at the 45th annual FVP Western World Championship in Peoria, Ariz.

Wayne Johnson led laps 27 through 30, taking the lead when Broken Arrow driver Brady Bacon pulled out of the race with a flat tire. Bacon had taken the lead a few laps earlier when Jason Johnson's car also sustained a flat tire. The Johnsons and Bacon are the only drivers who led the race. Brian Brown of Grain Valley, Mo.; Tony Bruce Jr. of Owasso; Kyle Hirst of Sacramento, Calif.; and Johnny Herrera of Albuquerque, N.M., rounded out the top-five finishers.

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*Northeastern State is out of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships, losing to Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 1-0 in the regional finals on Sunday. Saginaw Valley State's Zach Myers scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the double overtime match. The Cardinals advanced to the championship bracket, while Northeastern State is finished at 12-5-3.

*Oklahoma Baptist finished fourth in the NAIA Men's Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Vancouver, Wash. The Bison collected 179 team points, which was 31 points more than national champion St. Francis.