World of Outlaws sprint auto driver Jason Johnson died Sunday morning after he was involved in a crash Saturday night. Known as the "Ragin' Cajun", the Louisiana native had two World of Outlaws wins this year.
Johnson was battling Kasey Kahne Racing's Daryn Pittman for the lead on Lap 18 on Saturday when Johnson's vehicle flipped violently heading into Turn 3, hitting billboards (there was no catch fence in that area) and possibly the wall before landing outside the dirt track.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi, and a son, Jaxx.
"We are heartbroken and saddened to tell you that we have lost our leader, friend, family member and our hero", Jason Johnson Racing announced.
"Won some races, and championships together".
The news of Johnson's death cut a wide swath in auto racing.
Johnson burst onto the national scene in 2016 by winning the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, the biggest race of the year for winged sprint cars.
In 2013, Jason Leffler died following a crash at a New Jersey sprint vehicle race.
Justin Wilson was killed when he was struck in the head by a piece of debris during an IndyCar race at Pocono in 2015.
Johnson is the second driver in four years to die from injuries suffered in a sprint-car crash at the third-mile clay track. The popular Clauson was widely considered the best dirt-track racer in the nation.