Jason Johnson and the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) Team recently rolled into Little Rock, Arkansas to compete in the Lucas Oil ASCS Short Track Nationals. After a rain delay midway into the first night, Johnson and his crew returned the next day prepared to compete with 100 of the best drivers in the country for one of the twenty spots in the championship race.
Jason Johnson is looking forward to competing in his last four schedued races of the 2011 season. (photo By Corbet Deary)
Jason Johnson Recently finished in twelfth place in the USCS Lucas Oil Short Track Nationals at I-30Sppedway in Little Rock, Arkansas.(photo by Corbet Deary)
Starting second in his heat, Johnson held his own and finished behind the first place driver. Lining up third in the qualifier round, Jason ended the run in fourth, and was still not guaranteed a spot in the finale.
Starting on the outside of the first row in the "B" Main, Johnson took the checkered flag and was advanced into the "A" Main. Beginning the race toward the back of the pack, the driver worked his way forward throughout the twenty-five lap event and was in seventh place upon crossing the finish line, finally earning a guaranteed spot in the Short Track Championship.
Lining up nineteenth in the 40-lap event, Jason Johnson began strategically working his way around the one-quarter-mile dirt oval track.
Although passing on the track was not an easy task, Johnson began overtaking one driver at a time, and by the race's end had managed to move forward seven spots, placing twelfth.
When asked what would have been the key to success on the final night of the event, Jason Johnson said, "position is everything. We didn't leave a very good road last night, and it made for a long night tonight. We're lucky we came from ninth to seventh in the "B", because there wasn't very much passing going on," he continued. "In the "A" we actually did pretty good, until we broke a shock mount and limped to the checkered."
Referring to I-30 Speedway, the driver said, "I like the place. I've been here before and had a lot of success and have also had some chokes here. All in all, it's generally a pretty good racy track. They had 100 cars here tonight, and I think they did a great job."
When asked about the remainder of the season Johnson said, "we have four national races left, two out in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the final two in Tucson, Arizona. JJR is leading the car owner's side of the points race, and we hope to cap it off with an owner's championship."
When asked the key to success throughout the remainder of the season, Johnson said, "I think consistency. We need to have some good draws and get through the heat races and get ourselves in the right position and capitalize on it. We've previously raced well at Las Cruces and Tucson and are excited to get out there."
When asked about the importance of his crew, Johnson said, "They're very important, it's good to have good communication, and guys who believe in you, keep you motivated and enjoy being part of the organization. I'm surrounded by a great group of guys right now, and we're having a lot of fun. That's the key to success."
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Referring to his fans, Jason Johnson said, "We appreciate all of the fan support across the country. We travel from one side to the other, and even down in Australia. We have great support, and with the social networking of today it keeps us in touch. It's amazing how much support we
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