KNOXVILLE, IOWA (July 26, 2014) – There were 40 sprint car competitors in the 360 sprint division pit area taking advantage of one last shot to test and tune for the upcoming 24th Annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals, which kicks off on Thursday night. One of those cars was the orange, black and white Fischer Body Shop/Waco Metal #41 piloted by Jason Johnson. The team’s goal was to try some different things in an attempt to create some type of competitive advantage for the 360 Nationals this upcoming week.
Lady luck certainly was not on their side as they pulled the highest number for qualifying, which meant they were the very last car out in the final group of qualifiers for time trials. With the track changing as the night’s racing action unfolded, Jason was able to muster up a quick lap of 16.818 seconds, which was 28th quick overall.
When the heat race lineups were established, the Rocky Mount resident and his Waco Metal/K&N Filters Maxim would start from the inside of row four in the fourth heat race. With only seven laps to get your business done on the track, everyone was up on the wheel in order to gain one of the qualifying spots. When all of the laps were completed, as signified by the flying checkered flag, Jason rolled home with an eighth place finish.
The next event up was the B-Main. It was go time. Again starting from the seventh starting spot, the Cajun Sensation was determined to lock into one of the final four qualifying spots to advance to the feature. When the green lights illuminated around the track, Jason pounded the loud pedal and got to work inside the cockpit from the comfort of his ButlerBuilt Professional Seat System. It worked because when the 10-lap race was finished he secured the fourth and final transfer spot to the main event.
For the 18-lap main event, he would start in the very last position in the feature field. With 23 cars in front of him the only direction was up on the scoring charts. After the crew made some of their final changes, the Louisiana native secured the chin strap on his Shell Shock custom painted Arai Helmet, flipped his shield down and focused on executing his fast forward plan of action. The green waved and he went to work around the big half mile. The pace was fast and furious, but he was making progress – forward progress – as he was passing cars and climbing up the scoring charts. When Justin Henderson took the win ahead of fellow JJR teammate Josh Baughman, Jason was able to charge by eleven cars to capture a well deserved 13th place finish.