Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson commits to Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

BACK: 2016 Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson, pictured in Warrnambool four years ago, will compete in next year's Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

BACK: 2016 Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson, pictured in Warrnambool four years ago, will compete in next year's Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

REIGNING Knoxville Nationals champion Jason Johnson will return to Warrnambool for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic when the famed event celebrates its 45th running in January.

The American driver claimed a famous victory in August at the Knoxville Nationals when he dethroned defending champion and nine-time winner Donny Schatz after an epic 50-lap battle.

Johnson has enjoyed success on Australian tracks in the past.

He has 24 career World Series Sprintcars A-Main victories to his credit – third in the all-time standings behind only Brooke Tatnell and Max Dumesny. He finished second in the Classic in 2008 and third in 2011

Up and coming Queenslander Mitchell Gee has also nominated for the Classic as entries build.

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