World of Outlaws star Jason Johnson died recently from injuries sustained in a crash at Beaver Dam Speedway in Wisconsin on the weekend.
Johnson was racing for the lead on the 18th lap of a 40-lap main event with Daryn Pittman. The two made contact, sending Johnson flipping into the outside retaining wall and through the billboards outside of the racetrack.
A lengthy extrication period followed before he was airlifted to Aurora Summit Hospital in Summit, Wisconsin.
Johnson is the second driver in four years to die from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at the third-mile clay facility.
Scott Semmelmann, 47, was killed in an accident in practice at an Interstate Racing Association event in September 2014.
Johnson was a five-time Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series champion and was one of the most popular winners of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals. He also competed in Australia for many years.
He made his Outlaws debut in 1998, winning his first race at Texas Motor Speedway in 2003, but didn’t run full time until 2015. He won 12 times in the series and twice this season.
Johnson would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on July 7. He is survived by wife Bobbi and son Jaxx.