It’s Jason Johnson At Willamette Speedway

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Jason Johnson, shown earlier this season, won Wednesday's World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature at Willamette Speedway. (Ken Berry photo)

LEBANON, Ore. — Jason Johnson took the lead from Daryn Pittman on lap 15 in lapped traffic and never looked back en route to winning Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at Willamette Speedway.

Pittman settled for second with his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet coming home third to complete the podium.

Shane Stewart won the Craftsman Club Dash and led the first 12 laps in search for his second consecutive victory. Stewart navigated the top of the three-tenths-mile oval masterfully and looked strong. Pittman began making the bottom work in second and closed in as lapped traffic thickened.

Pittman got underneath Stewart in turn three and led for two laps before getting hung up behind lapped traffic allowing both Stewart and Jason Johnson to close in. The three drivers waged war for the top spot with Johnson taking the position coming to the line on the 15th circuit.

Johnson took the lead and extended it quickly. He survived a trio of cautions in the final six laps, including one for early race leader Stewart, who had a flat tire, on the way to his fourth victory of the season.

“That was a lot of fun. I thought the track was great. I know it was a little wet early on but come Feature time it had two lanes,” an elated Johnson said.

Pittman settled for second, ahead of Sweet, fast qualifier Kraig Kinser and Donny Schatz.

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Willamette Speedway, Lebanon, Ore., Sept. 6, 2017

Qualifying: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.807; 2. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.83; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.856; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.867; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.953; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.968; 7. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 12; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.024; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.087; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.173; 11. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.177; 12. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.243; 13. 5-David Gravel, 12.271; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.272; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.284; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 12.295; 17. 18S-Jason Solwold, 12.319; 18. 7N-Roger Crockett, 12.359; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.377; 20. 35-Jamie Veal, 12.399; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.456; 22. 21W-Jake Wheeler, 12.52; 23. 5X-Brian Boswell, 12.661; 24. 55-Trey Starks, 14.458

First Heat (8 laps): Stewart, Kinser, S. Haudenschild, Marks, Knipp, Gravel, Wheeler.

Second Heat (8 laps): Johnson, Sides, McMahan, Schuchart, Solwold, Allen, Veal, Boswell.

Third Heat (8 laps): Pittman, Sweet, Schatz, Wheatley, Scelzi, Crockett, Wilson, Starks.

Craftsman Club Dash (6 laps): Stewart, Johnson, Pittman, Kinser, Sides, Sweet.

Feature (30 laps): 1. Johnson, $6,000; 2. Pittman, $3,500; 3. Sweet, $2,000; 4. Kinser, $1,800; 5. Schatz, $1,500; 6. S. Haudenschild, $1,400; 7. Marks, $1,350; 8. Schuchart, $1,300; 9. Gravel, $1,250; 10. Veal, $1,200; 13. Scelzi, $700; 14. Sides, $650; 15. Wheatley, $600; 16. Solwold, $550; 17. Starks, $500; 18. Wilson, $500; 19. J. Haudenschild, $500; 20. Crockett, $500; 21. Allen, $500; 22. Wheeler, $500; 23. Boswell, $500; 24. Knipp, $500.