I-30 Speedway 600 Nationals news 2008-09-10

Jason Johnson Eyes 600 Nationals; Pre-Entry Deadline on Friday LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 10, 2008) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson has enjoyed a near career year in the Sprint Car ranks. He opened the season with a $10,000 score in the "King...

Jason Johnson Eyes 600 Nationals; Pre-Entry Deadline on Friday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 10, 2008) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson has enjoyed a near career year in the Sprint Car ranks.

He opened the season with a $10,000 score in the "King of the 360's Nationals", won the ASCS Speedweek championship, earned a $50,000 bonus for posting a pair of wins in the Ollie's Challenge, won the Brodix Tournament of Champions and is in the driver's seat for the $50,000 O'Reilly ASCoT championship.

Now, Jason Johnson has his sights set on the $7,500 winner's share up for grabs in the Third Annual 600 Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires, which takes place September 19-20 at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway.

Johnson joins forces with car owner and Eagle chassis manufacturer Jerry Russell in his bid for 600 Nationals honors.

It will be "The Ragin' Cajun's" second attempt at the prestigious Micro Sprint Car racing event. And he can only hope for better results than the first time out, as his 2006 attempt ended with a memorable launch off the I-30 Speedway turn one banking, through the Arkansas air and into a catch fence.

"We've got those problems fixed, the car will turn now and everything," Johnson laughed as he recalled the incident.

In fact, Johnson has spent several nights aboard the 600-cc Micro getting tuned up, picking up a POWRi win in Pittsfield, IL, just a few days after his historic take of $56,000 at Williams Grove Speedway.

Johnson, and several other Sprint Car regulars, will take on a talent-laden field of Micro Sprint specialists in I-30 Speedway's Third Annual 600 Nationals. Leading the Micro charge will be the likes of defending race winner Jerrod Wilson and inaugural 600 Nationals champion Travis Senter, Jr., who captured his 100th career Micro feature win in a tune-up event this past weekend at I-30 Speedway.

Racers planning on competing in next weekend's Third Annual 600 Nationals are reminded that they can save $100 by submitting their entry by the Friday, September 12, deadline. Entries submitted prior to the deadline are just $150, with the entry fee after the September 12 deadline at $250.

The Third Annual 600 Nationals offers up a lucrative $7,500 winner's share, with a minimum of $500 just to start the Saturday night championship feature event. All Non-Qualifiers on Saturday will receive $275.

The Horizon Mini Sprints (Restricted "A" Class) will be in action on both Friday and Saturday night, with I-30 Speedway's Sprint Car division joining in on the Saturday night, September 20, action.

Pertinent 600 Nationals Information:

What: Third Annual 600 Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires & I-30 Speedway

Where: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR). I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road).

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 18-20, 2008; Thursday Test N' Tune practice session begins at 6:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday -- gates open at 5:00 p.m., with racing at 7:30 p.m.

Entry Info: Entries postmarked by September 12 are just $150. Entries submitted after the September 12 pre-entry deadline will be $250.JEntries received via mail at 2900 Old Jacksonville Highway, North Little Rock, AR, 72117, that are postmarked September 12 or earlier will be honored at the $150 pre-entry fee. Entry forms may be obtained at http://www.i-30speedway.com/pdfs/mni-sprint_flyer.pdf or by calling the track at 501-455-4567.

Admission: Thursday Test N' Tune is free at the front gate. Adult admission is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday (or a $20 ticket for both nights). Children ages 6-12 are just $1 on Friday and $2 on Saturday.Thursday Test N' Tune pit passes are $10. Pit passes are $25 on both Friday night and Saturday night.

heats and qualifying races will be in place for both nights of competition. Each night, Heat Races will be aligned according to the pre-race draw, with the passing points system in effect. A subsequent set of Last Chance Races followed by Qualifying Races, with passing points again in effect, will set each night's feature lineup.

The top six from Friday night's feature will be locked into the championship feature event and will run in Saturday night's "Sawyer Chassis Dash for Cash" to determine the alignment of the front three rows of the 600 Nationals championship feature event. For more information regarding the Third Annual 600 Nationals, check www.i-30speedway.com or contact the track at 501-455-4567.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jason Johnson
Teams Williams