ELDON, MISSOURI (May 4, 2018) – The roosters is Rocky Mount, Missouri were up and making noise as Jason and the JJR #41 team rolled over to get this special day started. When you race with the World of Outlaws it is very unusual when you get to wake up at home the day of a race as most of your time is spent on the road. But this day was different because they were racing at Lake Ozark Speedway, which is located just 10 miles from the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) shop. When the pits opened 27 teams pulled through the gate with their haulers and the pit area was alive and thriving with activity.
Jason would be the 11th car out as he unveiled his Fischer Body Shop/Tiger Towing/Bub Caldwell Racing paint scheme decked out with tiger stripes in all of the numbers. The car was sharp looking and ready to roll. The man known as the Ragin’ Cajun rolled out in front of the hometown crowd and stepped on the accelerator as he built speed to take the green. The Fischer Body Shop paint was glistening in the sun while at speed and when he tripped the timing light the first time in 11.522 seconds he moved into the top six in qualifying. He wasn’t done though as his Kistler Racing Engine delivered a little more speed the second time around as he improved his lap time to 11.467 seconds, which ended up being 4th quick overall when time trials were completed. As the dust settled, 17 of the 26 cars that completed time trials were at or below the previous track record that was set by Zach Chappell back in 2007.
Earning a spot on the front row of the first heat race in his Pro Powder Coating (PPC)/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim, sharing the row with polesitter Spencer Bayston, he was ready to put on a high speed show for the standing room only crowd. The remainder of the heat race starting lineup was formidable with names like David Gravel, Kerry Madsen, Sammy Swindell, Hunter Schuerenburg, Brian Brown, Austin McCarl and Kory Boles. When they approached the chalk line, the Ragin’ Cajun jumped into the lead over Bayston as Gravel was close behind in third. Johnson was leading but he was now contending with Gravel who was closing in on his rear nerf bar. By the midway point he had put some distance between himself and Gravel as the Cajun Sensation took the heat race win over Gravel, Madsen, Bayston and Schuerenburg with Swindell locking down the final transfer position.
Summoned to the frontstretch for the Sears Craftsman Dash draw, Jason was the first driver to be interviewed by Johnny Gibson with a lot of cheers from the fans in the stands. During his interview he took time to thank the fans before reaching into the toolbox to pull out a numbered Craftsman wrench for his starting position. When he did it was his son’s favorite number – 5 – which put him on the inside of row three for the start of the 6-lap race with Daryn Pittman to his outside. It was an all Shark Racing front row with Jacob Allen and Logan Schuchart as David Gravel and Donny Schatz made up row two. Allen would lead from green to checkers as he beat Schuchart to the finish line with Schatz, Gravel, Pittman and Johnson rounding out the finishing order.
With fireworks lighting the sky, the World of Outlaws went into their traditional four-wide formation to say thank you to the fans for coming out to watch The Greatest Show on Dirt! It was time to go racing for 40 laps around Lake Ozark Speedway for the best in the business. Jacob Allen would lead lap one as the Ragin’ Cajun went up top to move from his sixth starting position into fourth in the running order. The race for the fourth spot was hotly contested as David Gravel and Daryn Pittman were right there as Jason was wheeling his Fischer Body Shop/Tiger Towing #41 looking to steal it away. Jason clawed his way around the oval to maintain the position. Donny Schatz had caught the leader and passed Allen for the lead seven laps into the race. He would not look back as he went on to win his sixth feature of the season as he beat David Gravel ad Kerry Madsen across the finish line with Shane Stewart locking down fourth and Jason bringing his entry home fifth. Another great run for the forty-one in front of the home town crowd at the Lake of the Ozarks!
Good Times at the Lake Result in Fourth Consecutive Top Five Finish for Jason and the Hard Working JJR #41 Team at Their Home Track!
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