FULTONVILLE - When opportunity knocked, Marc Johnson was in the right spot to answer the door.
Danny Varin had the field covered in the modified feature but slipped up exiting turn four with 16 laps to go in the 35-lap feature.
Johnson, who was running a close second, dove under Varin to take the lead as he fought to regain control of his car.
Josh Hohenforst (6H) battles for position with Marc Johnson (3J) during modified heat-race action Saturday night at The Ridge. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Rob VanAernam (71) and Jason Samrov (24V) race through turn one during the street stock feature Saturday at The Ridge. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
That was the break Johnson needed as he hit the finish line ahead of a fast-closing Jeremy Wilder to pick up his second win in as many weeks Saturday night at The Ridge.
Also picking up feature wins Saturday night were Chris Schaffer (sportsman), Chuck McSpirit (street stock), Keith Tesiero Jr. (cruiser) and Aaron Burton (rookie sportsman).
Rocky Warner and Floyd Billington brought the field of 16 modifieds top the green. Warner had the point before the caution flew for a multi-car pileup in turn four involving Jim Becker, Bobby Varin, John Lutes Jr. Joe Ketchum and Mike Ketchum. Varin and Becker were unable to return to the competition.
Craig Hanson bolted into the lead on the restart but his advantage over Warner was short lived as the caution flew two laps later and Hanson went pitside with a flat tire. He returned at the back of the pack after relinquishing the lead to Warner with Johnson in second and Danny Varin third.
On the restart, Varin made a strong move on the outside to take the lead and Johnson found his way past Warner a lap later.
While Varin and Johnson stayed in control on the front end, Wilder was steadily making his way forward from his ninth starting spot, pulling into third on lap 10.
The pack tightened as the final caution of the race flew on lap 15 when Mike Ketchum spun.
Varin remained in control on the restart but had to check up to regain control of his modified when it went sideways exiting turn four.
Johnson was in position to dive under Varin to take the lead. Before Varin could get back up to speed, Wilder made the pass to take second.
With an open track, Johnson built a lead he would need all of as Wilder closed when the leaders encountered traffic in the closing laps.
Wilder got to within five car lengths before the checkers dropped over the hood of Johnson's new Troyer for the second straight week.
Varin finished third, followed by Elmo Reckner, Warner, Hanson, Josh Hohenforst, Erik Nelson, Bob Vedder and Ketchum.
With his second place finish, Wilder took over the points lead for the modified track championship. He leads Bobby Varin by 21 points heading into next Saturday's season finale.
Leo Sousie set the early pace in the 25-lap sportsman feature, holding off challenges from Greg Pessolano and Schaffer.
Pessolano took the lead on a lap-12 restart and Schaffer found his way past Sousie on lap 17.
A pair of cautions kept Schaffer within striking distance of Pessolano, while Sousie, Chad Edwards and Warner locked in battle for the third spot.
Schaffer outdragged Pessolano to the line top take the lead on lap 20.
With three laps remaining, Sousie, Pessolano, Warner and Edwards crossed the line in a tight pack. Pessolano and Warner came out at the front of the pack, setting up a last-lap dash for the runner-up spot.
Schaffer finished well in front of the pack, as the scorers had to go to the transponder reading to determine the runner-up, which went to Warner. Pessolano was third followed by Edwards and Fred Muhlberger.
In the street stock feature, Roger Newkirk set the early pace before McSpirit made his way to the front.
McSpirit held off Randy Cosselman for the victory,while Jason Samrov placed third and Rob VanAernam rallied to finish fourth ahead of Brian Cosselman and Newkirk.
With his fourth-place finish VanAernam wrapped up his second-straight track championship as the division closed out its points chase.
Peter Vila grabbed the early lead in the cruiser division feature but Tessiero Jr.'s battle with Chuck Wainwright Jr. brought them to within striking distance of Vila. Tesiero built momentum on the high side and got alongside Vila with a lap to go. Vila gained a three car advantage on the backstretch but Tesiero Jr. came back on the high side of turns three and four. Tesiero got alongside and nipped Vila at the line in a photo finish.
Burton wired the field to claim his first career win in the rookie sportsman division.