CONCORD, N.C.: A confident driver can mean the difference between finishing fifth and sitting in Victory Lane.
Speed and a good handling Sprint Car doesn’t hurt, either.
Jason Johnson seems to have the total package at this point in the season. His car is fast, and he is making the right moves at the right time on the speedway.
That formula won Johnson the Knoxville Nationals. On Friday, it gave him his fourth victory of the season in the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals A-Main at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Johnson carved his way through stout competition and passed Dale Blaney to earn a fat $12,000 payday in what was an entertaining 30-lap event.
“To race with these guys, you have to be aggressive,” Johnson said.
“The fact is, these guys are the best in the business, and you have to learn to position yourself where they can’t come back on you.
“It’s just good, hard racing. Over a year and a half of racing with the World of Outlaws, it’s made me a better race and a better person.”
Fierce battles were waged all over the track. And Johnson was at the center of the most important ones.
Blaney took the lead at the drop of the green over Sweet and Johnson, who raced inches apart in the corners through the first three circuits.
Johnson passed Sweet in Turn 2 on Lap 4. But before the lap could be scored, Sweet took second back entering Turn 3.
The two traded the spot again on Lap 6. Three laps later, the two drivers were dicing five car-lengths in back of Blaney, who was dealing with lapped traffic.
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Photos from last night in Charlotte
Category: World of Outlaws
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