NEW RICHMOND, WISCONSIN (July 12, 2015) – Jason and the JJR team were back at it at the high-banked, 3/8 mile oval at Cedar Lake Speedway for another night of high speed racing action. There were 30 cars situated in the pit area ready to do battle. As the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Waco Metal #41 Maxim rolled out of the trailer, the team prepared for the night based on the lessons they learned the previous night at the track. Success is not always defined by the outcomes alone, but rather the journey and lessons learned along the way. The team was focused and ready to compete.
With 30 cars ready to go the JJR team pulled the highest pill upon entry, which meant they would go out dead last to take a shot at their time trial laps. No luck in the pill draw. The track slowed slightly throughout time trials, which is not uncommon, so Jason had an uphill battle in front of him. He bucked into his ButlerBuilt Professional Seat System and tightened up his Crow Enterprizes safety belts. With a bump on his rear nerf bar, his Kistler Engine fired and he pounded the accelerator. He turned a pretty good lap his first time around stopping the stopwatch at 11.980 seconds. Determined to do better the next time around, he stayed on the speed button and improved his time on lap two, this time stopping the clock at 11.881 seconds. The quicker of his two laps was 17th quickest overall.
Starting from the sixth position in heat two, the Louisiana native knew he had to lay down 10 good, clean laps to secure one of the top six transfer positions to this evening’s feature event. Rolling onto the speedway he maneuvered his Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Wilwood Maxim to the outside of row three beside one-time World of Outlaw champion Daryn Pittman. A pretty impressive field of competitors with names like Ian Madsen, Donny Schatz, David Gravel and Paul McMahan paced in front of them. Madsen jumped into the lead and set the race pace. The first six raced nose-to-tail in their starting order as they made their way around the track. When the heat race concluded in just under two minutes, Madsen would take the win with Jason cruising home in the final transfer position to earn a starting spot in the A-Main.
For the A-Main, Jason found himself on the outside of row eight in the Priority Aviation speed machine. He pulled on his Oakley gloves and prepared to take to the high banks at Cedar Lake for the 35 lap feature. After the traditional four-wide salute to the fans with fireworks filling the sky, the drivers aligned back in their side-by-side formation ready to take the green. When the green flag dropped there was three-wide racing throughout the field. Schatz, Balog, and Saldana were dicing it out up front as Jason moved his Fischer Body Shop #41 forward into the 14th position as he raced with Jason Sides and Craig Dollansky. Throughout the first half of the racing the Cajun Sensation was very fast and made his way up as far as the eleventh spot in the JJR race machine. As the laps clicked down the racing action continued to be exciting no matter where you looked around the track. A number of cautions slowed the paced and regrouped the field. Each time it seemed as though Jason was running in an odd numbered position when the yellow lights came on and he would restart from the inside row. And each time he would lose a position in the running order on the restarts when they went green. When the black and white cloth flew over race winner Joey Saldana, Jason crossed the finish line with a 17th place finish. While not the results the driver and team were looking for on this night or over the weekend, they will take the lessons learned on to the next track and be better for it the next time they return to Cedar Lake Speedway.