(Special to worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars/)
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ return on October 19 to Lake Ozark Speedway will see close to a $10,000 increase to the overall purse for the Jason Johnson Classic.
FK Rod Ends is adding a $410 bonus to every position in the feature. The addition pushes the winner’s purse to $10,410 and makes it a $1,210-to-start race. That makes the overall purse of the race more than $57,000.
The event honors Jason Johnson, who was killed in a racing accident last year. Johnson and his wife, Bobbi, located Jason Johnson Racing in Rocky Mount, Missouri, which is just 15 minutes away from Lake Ozark Speedway.
“I am really excited to have a race in Jason’s name at the Lake,” Bobbi Johnson said. “Anyone who knew him recognized his love for Sprint Car racing, his family, the fans and he absolutely loved living near the lake here at Lake of the Ozark. To host the race at Lake Ozark Speedway brings all the things he loved together at one place again for the Jason Johnson Classic while we honor his passion and commitment for the sport and the area we called home together.
“We, Jaxx and I, along with his (Jason’s) parents Craig and Debra, miss him deeply every day, but we are very excited for everyone to make plans to come out to the lake to honor our beloved hero at the Jason Johnson Classic at Lake Ozark Speedway.”
The stars of the World of Outlaws put on a spectacular show at the 1/3-mile track in April, showing why the Series is The Greatest Show on Dirt.
Brad Sweet dueled with Jason Johnson Racing driver David Gravel in the late stages of the race. Gravel hunted Sweet down and passed him for the lead, but with four laps to go Sweet snuck underneath Gravel in turn one and charged back by him for the lead.
On the final lap, exiting turn four, Sweet slid up the track allowing Gravel to close back to him. But it wasn’t enough. Sweet claimed the win with Gravel second and 10-time Series champion in third close behind him.
The win was Sweet’s second of the year at the time. Now, he’s collected 12 wins, so far, and holds the points lead over Schatz in second-place and Gravel in third.