NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (December 7, 2016) – The Clauson-Marshall
Racing team for next January’s Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa,
OK, continues to come together as it was announced that reigning
Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson will be among the
“Dream Team” that Bryan Clauson had envisioned.
This August, “The
Ragin’ Cajun” from Eunice, LA, denied Donny Schatz a sixth
consecutive Knoxville Nationals crown in a dramatic finish.
Schatz has already been announced as a Clauson-Marshall
rep for the Chili Bowl along with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and
“I am delighted
for this opportunity to be a part of the initial
Clauson-Marshall Racing Chili Bowl campaign with more
determination to represent Bryan Clauson in many fashions,
beyond just on the racetrack,” Johnson commented.
It’s a partnership
that was unknowingly triggered nearly three years ago when
Stenhouse, Jr., introduced Johnson to Richard and Jennifer
Marshall at the 2014 Chili Bowl.
dipped our toes in the water with sponsoring Jason’s ASCS Sprint
Car program,” Richard Marshall explained. “I
was immediately impressed with his diehard work ethic and
attention to detail.”
Johnson went on to
a fifth consecutive ASCS title that year including his fourth
overall as a driver and the decision was made.
“We agreed that the World of Outlaws was a logical next
step,” Marshall says.
Johnson broke his
back early in his rookie campaign, but that didn’t slow the
“Jason kept the
team running with an even more focused, diehard attitude,”
Marshall recalls. “Never ending improvement
was the daily goal. I suddenly realized I was
getting a front row seat to the how big races and championship
wins are earned.”
on in elation as Johnson carry the Priority Aviation colors to
victory lane at this year’s Knoxville Nationals.
back to contention as a driver/owner, building to his Knoxville
Nationals win this summer was the kind of stuff that book are
written about,” Marshall comments. “To say
that Jason has earned a seat on BC’s Dream Team is an
understatement. I am proud to call Jason a
friend and even more proud to see him continue his momentum in
Team co-owner Tim
Clauson has known Johnson casually for several years, but it
wasn’t until this year’s Knoxville Nationals that Tim, “Got to
know Jason the person as well as Jason the racer.”
Convinced by wife
Diana to get out of the house on Saturday night of the
Nationals, Tim agreed upon dinner with friends.
But only on one condition; they had to watch the
Knoxville Nationals, even if racing wasn’t really the friends’
“As we watched
driver intros, our friends made note of how one of the drivers
had a BC Forever hat and had the same sponsor on the car –
Priority Aviation,” Tim Clauson recalls.
That car piloted
by Jason Johnson went on to the memorable win.
“After the race I
called my friend and partner Richard who is also a partner in
the No. 41 JJR team to wish him congrats,” Clauson says.
“He immediately handed the phone to Jason, who in the
middle of his biggest moment and with pure chaos going on all
around him, stopped for just a minute and had one of the most
heartfelt conversations with me that will stay between him and
“Someone has a
picture of him leaning on the trophy and him on the phone while
pandemonium went on around him,” Clauson continues.
“I will never be able to thank him enough for that
moment, but if you see the picture, you can feel the emotion.”
Clauson goes on to
say that, “Since that night, I have learned we have a lot more
in common than just wanting to win races and we look so forward
to having him as a part of BC’s Dream Team.”
established Sprint Car ace, Johnson made his first Chili Bowl
start in 2014. It was then that Stenhouse,
Jr., introduced him to Richard and Jennifer Marshall, and all
was set in motion.
the Priority Aviation colors for specific ASCS races in 2014,
Richard and Jennifer along with Bobbi and I shared our dream and
goals where we all wanted to be in the years to come,” Johnson
explains of the burgeoning relationship.
inspiring individual to have as a friend, started the motion to
pursue our ultimate dream and proceed with stepping up to race
with the World of Outlaws,” Johnson relates.
“In the meantime, Jennifer was supportive of providing an
opportunity for myself to join their Priority Aviation Chili
Bowl venture of having a four-car team owned by Bryan Clauson
for the 2015 Chili Bowl.”
The magnitude of
the opportunity wasn’t lost on the Louisiana native.
“Boy, not only was
this a golden opportunity, it was an opportunity of a lifetime
to drive for one of the elite Midget teams,” Johnson recalls.
It also gave one
champion an opportunity to get to know another champion as
Johnson worked with Clauson throughout the week.
“Bryan was such a
class act to provide pointers all week long along with
encouraging words, even though I didn’t really set the world on
fire,” Johnson says.
Chili Bowl in 2014 offered up a moment that will be etched in
“Bryan won the
2014 Chili Bowl in dominating fashion, and, under the cautions,
I would provide him signals we had discussed beforehand,”
Johnson recalls. “After he pulled off the
popular victory, he came down the backstretch pointing up at us
standing in the VIP section.
“It’s a lifetime
memory that will always be close to the heart!” Johnson
It’s also a
connection that has led to his inevitable position among BC’s
“Thank you Tim
Clauson for the call to be a part of this elite team,” Johnson
says in appreciation. “And thank you to
Richard and Jennifer Marshall for another great Chili Bowl
opportunity along with their Priority Aviation Services
commitment to JJR.”
It’s yet another
piece of the puzzle that will make the Clauson-Marshall Racing
team a “must-see” part of next month’s Chili Bowl action at the
Tulsa Expo Raceway.
information regarding the Clauson-Marshall Racing team and
upcoming Chili Bowl plans will be available in the coming weeks.