After Breaking his Back in Crash at Placerville, Driver Emerges Outlaws Rookie of the Year

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 27, 2016 / comments

[By Steve Rogers]...Jason Johnson of Eunice, La., has five career ASCS victories at I-30, including the 2006 Short Track Nationals title...

Johnson said his chief memory of I-30 was that he never knew what the track was going to throw at him.

“Sometimes you got there and you had to be pretty aggressive and up on the wheel and running around on the top,” said Johnson, a five-time ASCS champion before joining the Outlaws circuit. “I’ve also been done there when you had to have a lot of patience and hit your marks on the very bottom. It’s that kind of place.”

Johnson was the Outlaws rookie of the year last season, despite missing nearly three months after breaking his back in crash at Placerville, Calif. He returned to Placerville last month and earned his third career Outlaws victory...

“It’s kind of got tight corners and fairly long straightaways for the size of it, and the configuration makes it tough,” he said. “As for the surface, I’ve seen it super wet and rough, slick to a big curve and also I’ve seen it dead on the bottom. I haven’t ever figured out any sort of consistency with it, so that makes it tough to figure out. But that can generally result in good racing.”...

“We see so many different sizes and shapes of tracks,” Pittman said, “and the guys we race with are so good at figuring out race tracks in a short amount of time.”

“These guys are definitely the best in the business, for sure,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t take them very long to adapt to any race track. There’s no doubt, these guys will catch on right where they need to be right at the beginning of the night. That’s why they race with the World of Outlaws.”...

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