GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA (August 21, 2015) – Grand Forks is located on the western banks of the Red River of the North in a flat region known as the Red River Valley. Nestled in this beautiful area is River Cities Speedway and on Friday night they opened their gates and welcomed the World of Outlaws to their 3/10 mile, high banked oval. There were 32 cars making the call at River Cities and one of those was our own Jason Johnson and the JJR team in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Fischer Body Shop #41 Maxim.
With another high pill draw, the Louisiana born racer found himself going out for his two time trial laps second to last. Not deterred he climbed into the cockpit of his Maxim Racing chassis, buckled his Crow Enterprizes safety harness and pulled on his new Shell Shock red metallic custom painted Arai Helmet highlighting Fischer Body Shop and Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT). He went out and turned his quickest lap the first time around as he stopped the clock at 10.878 seconds. When the engines silenced following qualifying his time was 19th quickest overall.
The heat race lineups were posted and the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Jonestown KOA #41 would start fifth in heat race number three. There were only five transfer spots to the A-Main up for grabs so there definitely as not any room for error. When the green flag waved to start the 10 lap event, Jason wasted little time moving forward into the fourth running position. Pole sitter Kerry Madsen was showing the way as Logan Schuchart, Joey Saldana and Jason gave chase around the racy oval. When the checkers flew they crossed the line in that order with Jordan Graham capturing the fifth and final transfer position.
For the 40 lap A-Main, Jason would lineup his FK Rod Ends/K&N Filters #41 on the outside of row eight in the sixteenth starting position. He had some work to do, but anyone who knows this Cajun-born speedster knows he is very determined and not afraid to work for what he gets in life. The formidable front row of Paul McMahan and Donny Schatz brought the field up to speed with McMahan taking the point position. The action was wild throughout the field, but none more enjoyable to watch than Jason as he was maneuvering through the field at a high rate of speed. If these sprint cars would be equipped with horns he would have had to use his quite a bit as he charged through the field. He moved up to eleventh in the running order early in the race and that was only the beginning. He kept his elbows up and moved into the top ten. McMahan led the first 32 laps before surrendering the lead to Schatz. A late caution regrouped the field and found the Ragin’ Cajun running in the sixth position. On the restart, he moved into the third spot and set his sights on the leaders. He was closing in on them late in the race but as his tires went away a little he lost one spot to finish just outside the podium positions behind Schatz, McMahan and Saldana in the fourth spot. An exciting and great run for Jason and the entire JJR #41 team at River Cities Speedway!