ROSSBURG, OHIO (May 6, 2016) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series brought their talented drivers to Tony Stewart’s famous Eldora Speedway for the first of two nights of racing action dubbed #LETSRACETWO Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends. There was a total of 45 winged sprint cars nestled in the pit area along with 38 USAC sprint cars. One of those winged warriors was the Fischer Body Shop/ISC RacersTape #41 Maxim of Jason Johnson.
With enough cars to fill two qualifying flights, Jason would take off 32nd overall in flight two aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Pro Powder Coating machine. He would mash the power pedal as he brought the car up to speed down the backstretch to take the green. The quicker of his two laps came in at 14.609 seconds, which was 10th quick in his flight and 18th overall on the night.
Lining up in the fifth spot in heat race number four, Jason had some work to do in the Waco Metal/Jonestown KOA #41 on a tricky surface and a stout field of competitors to pass. There were only five qualifying spots up for grabs. From the pole, Logan Schuchart led Brady Bacon under the green flag and the race was on. It seemed as though Jason was battling one of the Haudenschilds, either Jac or Sheldon, for position throughout the entire race. The racing was fantastic, but the challenge of passing was difficult. Schuchart would take the win ahead of Bacon, Kraig Kinser and Jac Haudenschild with Sheldon securing the fifth and final transfer position. Jason crossed the line in ninth and had to run in the Last Chance Showdown.
The 12-lap Last Chance Showdown is the final opportunity to earn your way into the feature event. Jason rolled off from the sixth position with only four transfer spots up for grabs. Trey Starks and Sammy Swindell led the field to the green as Jason started to battle right away. Struggling to find grip around the track made the race for position difficult for the Cajun Sensation. Starks would take the win ahead of Swindell with Greg Wilson and Gary Taylor rounding out the top four transfer positions with Jason crossing the finish line in seventh.
Making the hard decision, Jason used a provisional for the first time in 2016 so he could get some more laps in as he and the JJR team tried to improve their performance. He would tag the rear of the field in the 25th starting spot for the 30 laps around Eldora Speedway. Kerry Madsen took the lead at the green over Donny Schatz and would lead the entire event distance to take the victory ahead of Chad Kemenah, David Gravel and Daryn Pittman with Kraig Kinser coming home fifth. Jason was able to salvage a 23rd place finish as he and the team focus forward on night two at Eldora on Saturday night.