99 Speedway Tow Truck Driver Russell Johnson Passes Away
1/28/2014 - Gary Thomas - Stockton Dirt Track Media Relations
Everyone with the Noceti Group, Stockton 99 Speedway & the Stockton Dirt Track would like to send our condolences to the friends & family of Russell “Superman” Johnson, who passed away this week. Russell was the tow truck driver at 99 Speedway & also raced stock cars, with a passion for enduro racing. In fact, the late-season Watermelon Bash Enduro event on October 4 at Stockton 99 Speedway will be re-named the “Russell Johnson Memorial Watermelon Bash” this year.
A fundraiser event for Russell’s family will take place this Sunday February 2, with the details listed below. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday February 15, which includes a tow truck processional that begins at 10am and starts at Anderson's Towing 4055 N Wilson Way Stockton CA 95205. The processional will then end at the Stockton Fairgrounds located at 1658 S Airport Way Stockton, CA 95206. The celebration of life will begin at 11am.
“Hearing of Russell’s passing hit us pretty hard this week,” said Tony Noceti. “Russ was one of those real good guys out there that would take the shirt off his back for you. He had a big family to take care of and his wife is expecting another child so it’s a rough deal all around. We’re going to do a helmet pass for Russell’s family when we open the season at the dirt track & also Stockton 99. We’re also going to honor him at the Watermelon Bash later on this season. Our hearts go out to his whole family and I know we’ll really miss him.”
Russell "Superman" Johnson 12/23/54 - 01/28/14
Everyone who knew Russ associated him with his passion for family, racing, towing, Superman and helping the community, children in particular. Most would never guess that this husband and father to 9 children, was nearing 60 years of age. His love of life and generous involvement in community events and fundraising activities truly kept him youthful.
Russ loved traveling the region to race his Superman themed stock car. This is how he began his involvement in the towing industry. In the 1970's he owned his own "Old Red" Ford conventional tow truck to haul his race car to speedways and community events. Locals knew it would be a great event with Superman there!
For many years as a driver for City Wide Towing and later, the general manager of Mad Dog Towing, Russ was proud to support his family without any handouts or assistance. Unfortunately, that leaves quite a burden on his wife with a baby on the way.
To help with expenses now and in the coming months a fundraiser event will be held this Sunday including Raffles, Race Cars, Music, Food etc. A little bit goes a long way. Contact Kelly at Anderson's to make arraignments for donations. Thanks in advance for all your help!
We will have a 55" television for people who want to watch the NFL Superbowl.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
10 am to 4 pm
Fundraiser will be at:
4055 N Wilson Way
Stockton CA 95205
A Celebration of life and Tow Truck processional will be held:
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Tow Truck processional meet at:
4055 N Wilson Way
Stockton CA 95205
Leaves promptly at 10 am
Stockton Fair Grounds @ Dirt Track
1658 S Airport Way
Stockton, CA 95206
Celebration of life at 11 am
Any further questions please call Anderson Towing:
PO Box 654
Linden, CA 95236
Phone (209) 946-9661
More information about the fundraising event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/670995012963039/