Sprint car driver Jason Johnson died over the weekend after a crash Saturday night in the World of Outlaws feature at Beaver Dam (Wis.) Raceway.

The 41-year-old was a native of Eunice.

Johnson crashed on the 18th lap, after a restart, while vying for the lead with eventual winner Daryn Pitman. Johnson's car flipped and went through billboards outside one of the track's turns.

He was transported from the track to a local hospital then eventually airlifted to another hospital about 40 miles away where he succumbed to his injuries.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Bobbi, and a son, Jaxx.

Jason Johnson first burst onto the national scene in 2016 when he won the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, the biggest race of the year for winged sprint cars. Back in 2015, he was Outlaws Rookie of the Year.

SLS Promotions, which promoted the race over the weekend, issued the following statement:

Everyone at SLS Promotions offers our deepest, most sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to Bobbi Johnson, Jaxx Johnson and the entire Johnson family and JJR Racing team. Jason was a great competitor and true ambassador for the sport. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him during his time on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series trail. Jason will never be forgotten.


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