World of Outlaws driver Jason Johnson dies after crash

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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Johnson was airlifted to a hospital after crashing on the 18th lap.

Johnson was a five-time Lucas Oil ASCS National Champion before moving to the World of Outlaws full time in 2015.

World of Outlaws sprint auto driver Jason Johnson, 41, died Sunday morning after he was involved in a crash Saturday night in a sprint vehicle race at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. NASCAR drivers woke up to news of Johnson's death hours before their race in California.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. noted that Johnson "went about things his own way and was really fun to watch".

"While fierce competitors on-track, the racing family has a bond that's unbreakable", the team wrote.

World of Outlaws announced Johnson's passing at 8:36 a.m. local time.

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"There are no words".

The racing community has seen several drivers die in crashes in recent years.

Johnson earned 256 victories throughout his career in the 410 sprints, 360 sprints, winged modifieds, stock cars and mini sprints racing classes.

"Everyone at SLS Promotions offers our deepest, most honest thoughts, prayers and condolences to Bobbi Johnson (Jason's wife), Jaxx Johnson (the couple's son) and the entire Johnson family and JJR Racing team".

He won the 2016 Knoxville Nationals in an epic battle with Donny Schatz that will be forever remembered by Sprint Car fans everywhere. The popular Clauson was widely considered the best dirt-track racer in the nation.

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