Jason Johnson Racing Wins ASCS Gulf South Region Double at Battleground Speedway

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The JJR/Stenhouse Jr. Racing has their sights set on winning a record breaking fifth ASCS Championship this year.

The JJR/Stenhouse Jr. Racing has their sights set on winning a record breaking fifth ASCS Championship this year.

All things being relative, the start of the 2014 season hasn't been Jason Johnson's favorite. "To start the season off at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona, is the place to be in the spring time. It was nice to escape the cold in Missouri and get in some nice warm weather," Johnson commented, finding the silver lining in his disappointment.

With his recent win at Battleground Speedway Jason Johnson now has a total of 240 combined race victories.

With his recent win at Battleground Speedway Jason Johnson now has a total of 240 combined race victories.

"After sweeping all four events at Cocopah in 2013, we felt we had a great package for this event. Obviously, we made a few changes over the winter time, and our first weekend for the ASCS National Tour opener was just an average result with two top-10 finishes. We definitely expected a much better result to start the season off strong."

Placed into the context of the lofty heights where he's etched his personal achievement watermark, that sentiment becomes understandable. Born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana, and nicknamed the Ragin' Cajun and the Cajun Sensation because of his youthful fascination with fast cars, Johnson has collected a combined total of 240 career victories since 1993, driving stock cars, mini sprints, outlaw winged modifieds, 360 sprint cars, and 410 sprint cars. And since 2010 alone, the JJR/Stenhouse Jr. Racing team has produced five ASCS Owners Championships and four Drivers Championships, and it's the latter of those accomplishments that Johnson now holds squarely in his crosshairs.

"Entering the 2014 season, I am mentally ready to strive for our fifth ASCS Championship," he confirmed. "I believe three drivers, including myself, have won four Championships, and we would like to be the first to win five."

"Physically, I feel to be in the best condition to start a season off due to the fact of being in the gym all winter long. This winter has been unique, because the last 10 years we have traveled down to Australia to race in our off season. This winter though we stayed back in the USA and worked alongside the guys on our equipment in getting prepared for 2014."

The most significant change for Johnson in 2014 is his switch to Don Ott Engines.

The most significant change for Johnson in 2014 is his switch to Don Ott Engines.

During their off season Jason Johnson Racing made a number of other significant changes to their program too. The most noteworthy of those changes being that they have decided to utilize Don Ott Engines, whereas the last couple seasons they ran the Ford power plants built by Roush Yates.

Internally, Philip Dietz is still the crew chief for Jason Johnson Racing, but he's now working along with Travis Marsch for this season. "They have been working together all winter long," Johnson adds, "and they have been focused on finding more speed to stay ahead of our competition."

It appears that they have indeed found that elusive needed speed, as Johnson recently returned to his winning ways at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas. This was a particularly special win as Josh Baughman and the entire JJR/Stenhouse Jr. Racing team donned their Los Angeles Dodgers hats backwards, as Patrick Silva always did, in a salute to their fallen friend and team member who passed away recently. Johnson dedicated the win to Patrick Silva, his family, and his friends.


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