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Having competed in 101 career Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) races, claimed 34 podiums and 15 wins, you'd think Billy Johnson had done just about everything possible in the CTSC.

In Friday's CTSC race, though, Johnson led the first lap. It was the first race that Johnson flat-out led a race's first 23 laps, and he did so convincingly.

"It felt good to be out front again," Johnson said after climbing from the No. 158 Multimatic Motorsports Fod Mustang Boss 302R, handing driving duties to co-driver Ian James in the CTSC event at the Circuit of The Americas.

"It was really interesting to be out there in the final half of my stint," said the talk, dark-haired Johnson.
Interesting?

"Yeah. Half the track was dry; the other half was wet. That was fun."

Alas, while Johnson and James stood tall with a podium's third place, the Ford Mustang Boss 302R racers weren't able to lasso the win that looked to be all but certain for at least one of them.

"Ultimately, we would've liked to have won it," a dejected James said.

Jade Buford and Scott Maxwell drove their No. 15 Multimatic Ford Mustang Boss 302R to a respectable fifth place while steadfast Ford Mustang privateer team owner John Mirachi saw his No. 78 Ford Mustang Boss 302R finish eighth with Daivid Levine and David Calvert-Jones behind the wheel.

The second Racers Edge Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R, the No. 68 Gary Yoemans Ford of Ricardo Flores and Rober Stout, took 10th place.

Four Ford Mustang Boss 302Rs in a field of 52 cars all finished in the top 10 on the 3.4-mile, 20-turn race track.

Next up is the Oct. 1-3 season finale at Road Atlanta.

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