LAWRENCEBURG, INDIANA (May 30, 2016) – When the sweet sound of sprint car engines silenced at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday night, Jason and the JJR #41 team along with all of the other World of Outlaw Craftsman sprint car teams headed 8 hours to the Northwest to Lawrenceburg, Indiana for their next race on Memorial Day.
Whenever you travel back to the Midwest, you know you are in for some tough competition. Making the field is an accomplishment and it would be no different on this night. There were 34 cars lining the pit area off of turns three and four at the 3/8 mile, high banked oval. Jason pushed off 26th to take his two time trial laps aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Valvoline #41 Maxim. His first lap came in at 13.085 seconds. He followed that up with a quicker lap of 12.750 seconds, which ended up 24th quick overall.
Situated on the outside of row three in the fourth heat race, the Louisiana-born racer had some work to do on the high banks at Lawrenceburg as his heat had names like Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart in row one and Brady Bacon and Hunter Schuerenberg in row two. Parker Price-Miller shared the third row with the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Waco Metal #41 of the Ragin’ Cajun. Stewart led the field screaming down the front straightaway into turn one where painted on the wall it says, “Welcome to the ‘Burg”. The speeds are high and it takes courage to get around this fast and racy oval. Jason was mired in a battle for position with Price-Miller. Jason had the final transfer spot and Price-Miller wanted the coveted transfer position. A slider in turn one gave it to Price-Miller, but the Cajun Sensation returned the favor as he turned his car and shot low entering turn three to retake the position. He would not look back as he came home in the fifth position as he crossed the finish line behind Stewart, Pittman, Schuerenberg and Bacon.
For the 35-lap feature, the Fischer Body Shop/FK Rod Ends Maxim would be on the outside of row ten in the twentieth spot. The track surface was rutty but very racy, which creates challenges of its own with the speeds you run around Lawrenceburg. Rico Abreu and Daryn Pittman brought the field up to speed in front of the large Memorial Day crowd. Pittman would lead early as the race was interrupted a number of times with cautions. On lap five he surrendered the lead to Stewart, who started third and was setting a torrid pace at the front of the pack. A lap six red flag for Paul McMahan quieted the action and when it resumed Jason restarted from the 18th position. Building speed but struggling to gain positions, he stayed up on the wheel and drove his Maxim Racing machine as hard as he could around the high banks. Stewart was still leading, but he was embroiled in a fierce battle with Rico Abreu for the top spot. Abreu would get it on lap 25, but Stewart seized it back on lap 27. The race for the lead continued as Abreu was back in front on lap 28, before Stewart slid back by to reclaim the lead once and for all on lap 29 as he went on to take the win over David Gravel, Abreu, and Kyle Larsen with Pittman rounding out the top five. Jason salvaged a 17th place finish on this night in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. While not the finish he and the team wanted, they will keep working hard at getting the forty one faster with more drive as they prepare for next weekend’s racing action at Fremont Speedway and I-96 Speedway.