NORTHEAST: Car Owner Chris Gennarelli Announces Split With Driver Danny Johnson

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Car owner Chris Gennarelli took to Social Media to announce on Thursday that Danny Johnson will no longer drive for his team. (Jeremiah Fish photo).

HORSEHEADS, NY — In a not too distant past, former Super DIRTcar Series announcer Shane Andrews would tell race fans to adjust the five point harness before the A-Main would take the green flag on that given night.  After an announcement that was made by Super DIRTcar Series team owner Chris Gennarelli on Thursday, fans of the Danny Johnson orange No. 27J are doing just that.

Gennarelli took to Facebook on Thursday to announce that he and Johnson have parted ways prior to the 2017 campaign kicking off here in the Northeast.  The car owner related that the two sides just couldn’t come together to make a go of it again.

“Me and Danny have talked about the upcoming season and we were not able to come together on an agreement,” noted Gennarelli.  “We just were not able to come together on an agreement that would work for the two of us.”

The unexpected announcement stirred up dirt fans all over the Northeast, as the Johnson/Gennarelli pairing had shared success together in big races over their tenure together.  They’ve won at Charlotte, Golden Isles in Georgia, they won a rare December race in New York promoted by Brett Deyo to go along with many big dollar victories all across the Northeast.  If there was a big purse on the line, CG Racing was chasing it and had more success than most in doing so.

Most notably in 2016, a big win on the Super DIRTcar Series at Weedsport Speedway while racing an underpowered DIRTcar legal small block with the given weight break.  A race that was recorded and aired on national television just weeks after the event took place, that swirled in controversy over the use of the small block engine in the series focused on big block power.

Though following the tour faithfully, the last two seasons had presented it’s challenges with the busy schedule the CG Racing team kept.  They followed the Super DIRTcar Series, attended a vast majority of the Short Track Super Series events as well as competing at weekly tracks to garner home track points for the SDS.  Johnson and Gennarelli also competed at ‘outlaw’ tracks in some of the better paying events across New York State.

2017 had a different feel to it though in the offseason, as Johnson picked up a ride for the Short Track Super Series events in the Gary Mann-owned New York Truck Parts No. 27J.  A ride he secured late in the year last season, competing in their first event together at ‘The Gobbler’ at Accord Speedway.

When contacted by on Thursday evening, Gennarelli additionally offered, “Danny needs more than I can provide.”

We attempted to reach the Danny Johnson camp, but have not received a response for comment.  For now, the destined Dirt Modified Hall of Famer will search for where he will suit up in 2017.  The rumor mill has already churned up several landing spots at this track or that track across New York and Pennsylvania.

All that we can do now, is take a seat in the waiting room and patiently await ‘The Doctor’s’ next move.


About the Writer

steveSteven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday on the Performance Motorsports Network.

Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.

The 30-year-old has a career in the growing health care business world, and is also entering his second season as the full-time announcer and media director for Woodhull Raceway in Woodhull, N.Y.

In addition, Ovens was formerly the announcer and media director for Outlaw Speedway (formerly Black Rock Speedway) in Dundee, N.Y., serving in that capacity in both 2015 and 2016.

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