It’s Jason Johnson Again In Jackson Thriller

Jason Johnson lost his life after a crash earlier this year at Beaver Dam Raceway. (DB3 Imaging Photo)

JACKSON, Minn. – Jason Johnson posted his second-straight World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature victory on Saturday afternoon at Jackson Motorplex.

The victory came during the 40th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores preliminary program that was postponed from Thursday.

Johnson, who led the final 14 laps to capture Friday’s event at the recently reconfigured four-tenths-mile oval, slid polesitter Jacob Allen in turn four on Lap 15 while the duo duked it out in heavy traffic.

Allen kept Johnson within striking distance for the remainder of the 30-lap main event and he pulled within four tenths of a second with five laps remaining, but Johnson made the right decisions in the closing laps to hang onto his second triumph in an 18-hour span.

“Things are clicking,” Johnson said. “He’s tough. He did what he had to do to get (the lead on) the start. I was pacing myself. I was waiting for the rubber to come in. Daryn (Pittman) came sliding across in front of me. I started moving around and was fortunate to get by Jacob. From there I was pacing myself off lapped cars.”

Allen, who led the first 14 laps of the race, finished in the runner-up position to tie his career-best World of Outlaws result.

“He’s a great race car driver,” Allen said of Johnson. “He found a certain part of the rubber before I did. He’s not going to make mistakes. I’m trying to get that first win and it was close. Today was fun and I’m excited for later on today.”

Brad Sweet maneuvered from ninth to a third-place result, marking his second straight podium finish and fifth in a row at Jackson Motorplex counting all three nights of last year’s AGCO Jackson Nationals.

“I thought the track crew did a nice job to give us something to work with,” Sweet said. “I was able to come from ninth and pass a lot of cars and we were in the hunt.”

Logan Schuchart rallied from 12th to a fourth-place finish with Pittman rounding out the top five.

Lynton Jeffrey established a new track record during qualifying for the second-straight race. He and Tim Kaeding led qualifying in their respective groups. Jeffrey, Pittman, Terry McCarl and Kerry Madsen were the heat race winners. David Gravel won the Last Chance Showdown and Allen picked up the dash victory.

The 40th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals concludes on Saturday evening with hot laps set for 7 p.m. The AGCO Jackson Nationals presented by ASI Contracting will pay $40,000 to win and $3,000 to start the World of Outlaws feature.

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