It was a night of near perfection for Jason Johnson in the ASCS Lucas Oil National Series at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas. The three-time and defending series champion started on the front row, waited patiently for an opening and attacked when the time was right to win Round 8 of the sprint car series and take a commanding lead in the points standings. It was Johnson’s third win of the season.
Jason Johnson gains third win of the season at ASCS Lucas Oil National Series at I-30 Speedway
“Anytime you can win an ASCS National tour event, it is a big night,” Johnson said. “We always look forward to coming to I-30, and the management changed the surface up this time, so we had some work to do. The team did a great job dialing in the Maxim Chassis to perfection.”
Johnson used the cushion to make the pass for the lead and then took advantage of lapped traffic to hold off Johnny Herrera in the final laps. Johnson currently leads Herrera by 43 points heading in to the April 27th event at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Johnson’s Stenhouse Jr. racing team is on a tear lately. The team dominated the weekend at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona., in early March.
“The team put together a picture perfect weekend by sweeping both events,” Johnson said. “Cocopah Speedway has promised a bonus if any driver can sweep the four ASCS events at the track, so we are definitely looking forward to that challenge.”
The only hiccup in Johnson’s season came the night before his win at I-30. The ASCS National Tour race at Golden Triangle Speedway in Beaumont, Texas, was set to be a good race, but Johnson spun himself out in turn one on the first lap. After restarting in 24th, he managed to work his way back to fourth before the checkered flag flew.
“No doubt, if it was not for our first lap incident, I feel we had a car good enough to add to our victories,” Johnson said.
Johnson said continuity is the biggest reason his team has carried over its success from last season.
“Philip Dietz, Tim Courmier and Jamie Martin have been working together for a few years now, and they work well together,” Johnson said. “That continued relationship plus the relationship with all of our marketing partners and product partners give us confidence to represent all of those brands well both on and off the track.”
Of course, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the most prestigious event in dirt track racing, the Knoxville Nationals.
“We’ve won championships and races at Knoxville, but it’s always our goal to win the 360 Nationals and have a strong showing in the 410 Nationals,” Johnson said. “We are confident that our Roush Yates Racing Engines will give us that opportunity come Knoxville time.”
One constant in those engines is the protection provided by K&N Filters.
“K&N Filters have become an important ingredient in the success of our team year in and year out,” Johnson said. “K&N has kept our Roush Yates engines at peak performance while filtering out all the dirty environments we race in. From air filtration to oil filtration, we have had no engine troubles related to our K&N Filters.
“K&N Filters give us the opportunity to compete for championship.”
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