QUEEN CREEK, ARIZONA (April 7, 2018) – After a brief respite in the schedule to observe and celebrate the Easter holiday, Jason and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series stars were all back at Arizona Speedway, just outside of Mesa, for the Arizona Desert Shootout on Saturday night. It was a beautiful day under clear blue skies and the track crew had the speedway surface ready for the best in the business. The fans packed the stands to watch the 24 entrants do what they do best at the 1/3-mile oval.
Each team got to draw a number when they entered the pit area, the number which sets the time trial order for the night. Jason would be the 17th car out in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/MSD Performance #41 Maxim for his two laps around Arizona Speedway. After Logan Schuchart completed his laps, Jason got his Weld Racing wheel rolling on the forty-one and pounded the loud pedal. He entered turn one and whisked through turn two charging down the backstretch building speed and momentum. As he came off turn four he darted across the finish line stopping the clock at 13.103 seconds. He stayed on the gas and ran a clean second lap which was slightly slower at 13.162 seconds. The quicker of his two laps was eighth quick overall for the night.
The heat race lineups were posted and The Ragin’ Cajun would start third in the second of three heat race events. Jacob Allen and Shane Stewart were perched on the front row with Joey Saldana sharing row two with Jason as Brent Marks, Paul McMahan, Billy Chester and Clyde Knipp rounded out the starting lineup. Stewart seized the top spot when the green flag waved as both Saldana and Johnson passed Allen to lock into the top three positions in the running order. Stewart built up a good lead as Saldana and Johnson gave chase to take the heat race win. Saldana came home second, as Jason wheeled the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Fischer Body Shop #41 to a third place finish to earn a solid starting spot for the 30-lap feature.
The lineup for the A-Main was posted and the Louisiana native would start on the outside of four in the eighth starting position with Hunter Schuerenberg’s #19AZ to his inside. Polesitter Cory Eliason jumped into the early lead when the flagman unfurled the green flag as he led lap one before Sheldon Haudenschild charged by to lead lap two. Jason was wheeling the Jonestown KOA/Vortex Racing Products #41 through the dirty air holding his position within the top ten. Haudenschild would lead lap 16 before spinning on the exit of turn four and rejoining the back of the field. Shane Stewart was your new leader and would hold down the top spot before Donny Schatz wrestled it away on lap 21. The event was marred with cautions, some collecting competitors who had solid runs going, so the field would regroup in their two-by-two starting positions multiple times throughout the night. Jason stayed out of trouble and brought the MVT/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution #41 Maxim home with a solid and consistent top ten finish under the star lite desert skies. A good run for the forty-one!
A Top Ten Run Under The Clear Desert Skies for the Ragin’ Cajun and the JJR#41 Team!
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