One of the greatest Sprint Car races ever run. An Instant Classic.
That’s what the 2016 Knoxville Nationals Saturday night A-Main is being referred to after invincible Donny Schatz was passed for the lead – as in passed – by Jason Johnson.
When Johnson took the checkered flag, the packed grandstand went berserk. Johnson himself was emotional mix of humility, disbelief, and extreme confidence.
Make no mistake about this: Jason Johnson is among the top 410 Sprint drivers in the nation. But nobody would have bet on him and against Schatz to win when the chips were down.
It was a once-on-a-lifetime win, worth $150,000 big ones and it made Jason Johnson, nationwide, a Newsmaker.