Jason Craig Johnson, 41, of Rocky Mount, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Aurora Summit Medical Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He was born on July 7, 1976, the son of Craig Joseph and Debra Theresa (Roger) Johnson in Eunice, Louisiana. On November 11, 2000, Jason married Bobbi Myers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Into this union, a son and the light of his life, Jaxx Hosea, was born on May 8, 2013.
Jason developed his interest in cars at an early age. He recorded 256 career victories and earned his name as the Ragin' Cajun and the Cajun Sensation. Jason captured his victories in various divisions of the racing world such as stock cars, mini sprints, outlaw winged modified, 360 sprint cars and 410 sprint cars. He competed in the World of Outlaws (WoO), All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), World Series of Sprintcars (WSS), Ultimate Sprintcar Championship (USC), Pennsylvania Posse (PA Posse), and the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA).
Beginning in 2000, Jason became a professional sprint car driver for the Shop Motorsports based out of Greenville, Texas. In 2010, Jason and Bobbi Johnson accomplished a milestone as they established Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) and started their own race team based out of Rocky Mount, Missouri. During their inaugural season, they won the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Championship and continued winning National Championships for four more years making Jason and JJR the only five time ASCS National Champion. In 2008, he won the Ollie Bargain Outlet Challenge at the historic Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and pocketed $56,000. For the past four years, Jason and his JJR #41 team have traveled full-time with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Jason has recorded 12 wins all time with the top sprint car series, including the Grand Daddy of them all the "2016 Knoxville Nationals" that paid a whopping $150,000. He also owns 27 victories in Australia with the World Sprintcar Series making Jason an international success.
Along with his wife: Bobbi; parents: Craig and Debra; and son, Jaxx; he is survived by his paternal grandmother: Pearlie Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana; parents-in-law: Morrell and Carolyn Myers of Thomasville, Pennsylvania; Godparents: Rhonda Dietz of Montgomery, Texas and James Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana; his pit crew family: Philip Dietz, Tyler Elliott, and Patrick Dudzinski; and numerous other family and friends.
Jason was preceded in death by his sister: Kayla Sue Johnson; paternal grandfather: Hosea Johnson and maternal grandparents: Earl and Ethel Roger.
The World of Outlaws Celebration of Jason's life will be held at the JJR family estate, 26733 Highway Y, Rocky Mount, Missouri, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Friends will be received from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Ardoin's Funeral Home, 1301 W. Laurel Avenue, Eunice, Louisiana 70535. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Ardoin's Funeral Home led by Deacon Gary Gaudin. Jason's last ride to Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Eunice, Louisiana will be in his race car transport that he was so proud of.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jaxx Johnson Educational Fund. Please send checks to the Jaxx Johnson Educational Fund, c/o Houser-Millard Funeral Home, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109.