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Driver dies from injuries in World of Outlaws race

Mon 6-25-2018

Jason Johnson holds his son, Jaxx, after winning the Saturday afternoon feature at the Jackson
Nationals June 9 at Jackson Motorplex.

BEAVER DAM, Wis. - Sprint car driver Jason Johnson died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, race officials said Sunday. He was 41.

Johnson was injured during a World of Outlaws race Saturday night at the 1/3-mile-long dirt oval, the series said. It said the driver from Eunice, Louisiana, crashed on lap 18 of a 40-lap race while racing for the lead and was taken to a hospital.

The series posted a message Sunday morning on Twitter saying that Johnson had died.

A message posted on the Twitter account for Jason Johnson Racing said the team was "heartbroken and saddened to tell you that we have lost our leader, friend, family member and our hero."

Johnson raced in Jackson earlier this month at the Jackson Nationals He won the Friday night and Saturday afternoon features, was second in the Saturday night A Main.

Johnson won five championships in the ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series as well as the 2016 Knoxville Nationals.