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06/24 2018

World of Outlaws star seriously injured in crash at Beaver Dam Raceway BY:  Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

(Photo: Dave Kallmann / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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Sprint-car racer Jason Johnson, 41, of Eunice, La., was airlifted to a Waukesha County hospital after a serious accident Saturday night in the World of Outlaws feature at Beaver Dam Raceway.

Johnson crashed on the 18th lap, after a restart, while racing for the lead with eventual winner Daryn Pitman, and his car went through the Turn 3 billboards, according to witnesses at the track and watching the webcast.

A woman works near a billboard broken when Jason Johnson’s World of Outlaws sprint car flipped out of the track at Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday night. (Photo: Shari Prag)

After 10 to 15 minutes, Johnson was transported from the track and fans were told he was being taken to a local hospital, witnesses said. He was being treated Aurora Summit Hospital, about 40 miles away in the village of Summit, the World of Outlaws said in a news release.

A late-night post on the Facebook page associated with his team’s website said he was breathing and his heart rate was good, news attributed to Johnson’s wife, Bobbi.

Beaver Dam Raceway is a one-third-mile clay oval.

Johnson burst onto the national scene in 2016 by winning the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, the biggest race of the year for winged sprint cars. He was Outlaws rookie of the year in 2015.

Before joining the tour full time, Johnson raced with the Outlaws occasionally, making his first start in 1998 and collecting his first victory in 2003, according to his biography on the series’ website. His 12 victories include two this season.