CONCORD, NC – Shane Stewart has been tabbed to drive Jason Johnson Racing’s #41 car this weekend and keep their championship hopes alive while David Gravel competes with the NASCAR Truck Series.
Stewart, of Bixby, OK, will run the car for his late friend’s team at Lakeside Speedway (Oct. 16) and at Lake Ozark Speedway (Oct. 17) for the second annual Jason Johnson Classic – which will pay $15,000 to win. Gravel is still scheduled to finish the year in the car after this weekend.
“It’s an honor to drive the JJR car this weekend for many reasons,” Stewart said in a tweet.
Jason Johnson Racing is in the middle of a tight battle for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series team championship, currently sitting 12 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing for the title lead with five races remaining. The team has collected six wins, 28 top-fives and 42 top-10s so far this year with Gravel and Parker Price-Miller, who filled in for the absent Gravel twice.
Along with Stewart having been a good friend with Jason Johnson, he also has one of the better records among the available drivers. He’s a 35-time World of Outlaws winner, picking up his most recent win at Williams Grove Speedway this year in the Indy Racing Parts #71 car. None of those wins have come at Lakeside or Lake Ozark but he finished fourth at both Lake Ozark events in May and aside from an issue that forced him to take a 24th-place finish at Lakeside last year, he hadn’t finished worse than sixth at the track the four years prior.
Between the Jason Johnson Classic being this weekend and both races being close to home for the Missouri-based JJR team, it will field a rare second car this weekend with Price-Miller behind the wheel. The Kokomo, IN driver will pilot the #141 car for JJR, using the team’s traditional black and white livery, while Stewart will run the red throwback scheme Gravel ran at Knoxville Raceway in August.
After this weekend, Stewart and Price-Miller, who had run for Dietz Motorsports all season, will finish the year driving for the Indy Race Parts team.
If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both races live on DIRTVision.