No matter the hour, TMS and Jason Johnson fit

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Jason Johnson keeps taking advantage of his chances at the Texas Motor Speedway dirt track, whenever they come.

Even at 4 a.m.

“This place has been very, very kind to me, and I’m thankful for these opportunities, and to win at Texas Motor Speedway is very special for the third time,” the Eunice, La., driver said after winning the Port-A-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship in the overnight hours Saturday night.

It was the second championship in a row at Texas for Johnson, also the defending American Sprint Car Series champion. He also won a World of Outlaws race at TMS in 2003.

Track activity did not end until just after 4 a.m. Sunday morning after a schedule that began at 9 a.m.

Saturday as organizers squeezed in two days’ worth of events following a rainout on Friday night.

Johnson, who drives for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s organization, said, “I’m sure he didn’t stay up for this one, but it was one of our goals last year, and one we achieved, and we’re very proud, and to come back and defend our title here, I’m proud to be back on the podium.”

Chris Brown of Spring also became a repeat champion at Texas. He won the Modified division, taking the lead on a restart after a wreck on the first lap, and keeping it for good.

“I really knew I had to get the jump on the start to make life a lot easier, trying to pass,” Brown said.

“The race track had a lot of character tonight, so it would make it a lot easier if I was out in front determining where I would need to go instead of having somebody else determine it for me.”

In Limited Modified, John Whittington of Vidor won for a second time at TMS.

He had the pole and never gave up the lead, winning by 10 lengths.

“I need to get me one in the modified,” Whittington said. “We’ve been real good in the modified and been real good here. We should have won several of these limited races. This place is real special to us, my favorite place to come and race. Even though we’re here this late, it’s still my favorite place to come and race.”

It was a late night, but naturally the winners were glad to be part of it.

“The racing at 3 is not that bad,” Brown said. “It’s the waiting since 9 this morning that’s been the worst part. But all in all, it worked out, so it’s been good. I just sat and watched. I’m a big racing fan, even if I’m not in the car.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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