Sponsors, supporters step up for “Run for 41” this Saturday at Southern New Mexico Speedway

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June 29, 2018

Sponsors and supporters of the Southern New Mexico Speedway are stepping up in a big way to reward the racers this Saturday, June 30, while honoring another great racer and friend.

This Saturday will be the “Run for 41” at the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces, N.M., which will honor the life and legacy of World of Outlaws competitor and 2016 Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson, who lost his life in a racing accident a week ago.

Although a native of Louisiana and residing in Missouri, the Johnson family’s connection to the Southern New Mexico Speedway run deep.

“Not only was Jason a great racer, but he was an even better friend and I will miss him dearly,” said the track’s general manager, Rue Stone. “I already miss the phone calls while he and his family traveled down the road. He coached me to be a better person and communicator. He was my motivational speaker.

Royal Jones, who operates the Southern New Mexico Speedway and is a principal owner of trucking giant Mesilla Valley Transportation, provides financial support for dozens of competitors from coast to coast, but Johnson was his star and carried the MVT name and logo into victory lane at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals less than two years ago.

So this Saturday is dedicated to Johnson—his racing career, friendship and the way he lived his life as a textbook example of how a man should conduct himself—and several sponsors have stepped up to provide extra incentives for the drivers on the track Saturday.

For starters, the winner of Saturday’s 41-lap Rancho Milagro USRA Modified main event will pocket a cool $4,141 for his or her efforts courtesy of G3 Fitness, Hacienda Mechanical, Anthony Sosa Roofing, Higgins Therapy Services, Grindell & Romero Insurance, Rancho Milagro and Mesilla Valley Transportation. The next 11 finishers will each earn a $100 bonus from Barnett Harley-Davidson, Twice the Ice and Toro Rock Products.

For drivers who compete in the Hacienda Carpet & Tile X-Mod division, Sun Valley Hardware has posted a $241 bonus to the highest-finishing legal X-Mod competing with the Modifieds on Saturday.

The feature race winner in the Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars will earn $441 courtesy of Rio Valley Bio Fuel Transport, the American Documents & Dent Works Super Trucks winner gets $441 courtesy of Kleine Towing and the main event winner in the Clayton Donnelly Roofing Claimers will also take home $441 thanks to Auto Pros.

“I want to personally thank all of our great business partners who have helped make this weekend’s show a special one,” Stone added. “Our sponsors are the best. You can bank on that.”

Those wishing to support the Johnson family can make a contribution at https://www.gofundme.com/JasonJohnsonForever41. This is the official GoFundMe campaign organized by the World of Outlaws. The money collected here will go directly to his wife Bobbi and son Jaxx.

This Saturday’s show will see gates open at 5 p.m. and racing 7:45. General admission is $12 with kids ages 10 and under free. Fans may also purchase a Family Pack for $30. Pit passes are $35.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west.

For more information, call (575) 524-7913 or (505) 524-7913 or visit www.SNMSpeedway.com online. You can also check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernNewMexicoSpeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SNMSpeedway.