BAYTOWN, TEXAS (February 27, 2016) – Jason and the JJR crew were looking to continue building momentum in Texas after their eighth place run at Cotton Bowl Speedway on Saturday night. After trekking 145 miles to the east, they arrived at Royal Purple Raceway located just inland off Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay. There were 35 drivers and teams signed into the pit area ready to do battle around this quarter-mile, high banked clay oval.
Time trials were scheduled to be the first order of business on this night, but after getting started they quickly came to a halt as the electronic timing and scoring system malfunctioned. The World of Outlaws were prepared as they followed the established rule in an event like this, under Rule 5.6C, and the set the heat race lineups based on qualifying pill draw.
After the heat race lineups were determined, Jason would be slated to start from the outside front row in the fourth heat race. Daryn Pittman would start from the pole. Everyone had eight laps of high speed action to attempt to secure one of the coveted automatic A-Main transfer spots. When the field came out of turn four, Jason powered down his right foot and his Kistler Engines power came to life vaulting him into the lead as the competitors headed into turn one. He kept the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Pro Powder Coating #41 Maxim at the front and was flying around in the lead. Pittman was giving chase, but Johnson was as determined as every to put a good show on as a number of friends, family and sponsorship partners were in attendance. Jason would take the win crossing the finish line ahead of Pittman, Jason Sides, and Kraig Kinser with Danny Lasoski rounding out the top five.
Locking into the 6-lap Dash event for the second night in a row, Jason was ready to get going again in the Waco Metal/Country Custom Creations (CCC) Maxim Racing #41. He would start from the fifth position with Shane Stewart to his outside. Daryn Pittman and Sheldon Haudenschild were on the front row with Bryan Clauson and Donny Schatz in row two. Pittman would jump into the top position and lead wire-to-wire as Jason brought home a fifth place finish.
For the 40-lap A-Main, Jason buckled into his Crow Enterprizes safety harness and pulled on his Oakley racing gloves as Philip and the team made some last minute adjustments to make this Priority /Dissolvalloy sprint car fast. Jason’s son Jaxx was bundled up with his coat and beanie on ready to cheer on his dad, or “Jase” as he refers to him when he is cheering him on during the race. Daryn Pittman was the pole sitter and when the green lights illuminated around the track he sped off into the lead. Jason bolted forward in the forty one from his fifth starting spot. He was using the low side of the speedway and building up enough speed to power down the straightaways and through the turns at a rapid pace. An early caution regrouped the field and Jason re-started from the outside of row two. When the air was filled with the sound of horsepower again, Jason used the higher lane to make his way by Donny Schatz into the third position. He was making tracks and not looking back around Royal Purple Raceway in the Priority Aviation/FK Rod Ends Maxim. He moved into the runner-up position and was racing hard to track down Pittman who was setting a torrid pace at the front of the pack. Another caution brought the field together with Jason on the outside of Pittman on the front row for the restart. Pittman got the jump and now Jason was mired in a four car battle for position with Donny Schatz, Shane Stewart and Brad Sweet. The four drivers were each using different racing lanes and putting on a heck of a show for the fans. Pittman would take the win followed across the finish line by Schatz, Shane Stewart, and Sweet with Jason locking down the fifth finishing spot. A great run for the forty one! After the race, Jason commented, “It is feels really good to be competitive.” He continued, “We have a strong team, the JJR guys are working their butts off, and we have a great group of sponsors and supporters that allow us to be out here doing what we love.” And, Jaxx was happy being able to cheer for his daddy’s top five run.