On Saturday morning during a World of Outlaws spring car race at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, driver Jason Johnson headed into Turn 3, battling another driver for the lead on Lap 18. Suddenly the unthinkable happened.
His car flipped violently and crashed into a row of billboards then the wall, then landed outside the dirt track. After a day of battling his injuries sustained from the crash, he died Sunday morning. Jason Johnson was 41.
The racing world is in shock, and mourning, from the passing of this racing legend. Johnson won five championships in the ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series. He also won the prestigious 2016 Knoxville Nationals.
A native of Louisiana, Johnson was known as the “Ragin’ Cajun,” according to ESPN. He had two World of Outlaws wins in 2018. Johnson and Rickie Stenhouse Jr. formed a racing team in 2010 and Johnson had won two ASCS titles from it.
"You never want to see it happen in any sport, but it hits a little closer to home when it's the sport you grew up doing and you're still a part of every now and then," said Stenhouse Jr.
He added, "He was the toughest competitor that there was. ... He was one of the best. He was the true car owner [and] driver, and it's tough to do that these days. A lot of people respected him being able to do that."
Johnson is survived by his wife Bobbi and son Jaxx. Bobbi was heavily involved in his racing team and has seen tragedy before when in 1999, when her fiancé Kevin Gobrecht was killed. Please pray for his family during this difficult time of loss.
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