OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA (July 26, 2016) – Jason and the Priority Aviation Services, LLC #41 team headed north to Canada on Tuesday night for their only scheduled race in 2016. There were 30 powerful 410 sprint cars signed into the pit area at Ohsweken Speedway for the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown. It was a gorgeous night for racing in front of an enormous crowd, as the speedway explained that they sold more tickets for this single event than any other race in their recorded history to date.
The fans were ready for the World of Outlaw stars to put on a show and they would not disappoint. It all started with time trials in which each driver got the opportunity to circle the high banked, 3/8-mile oval two times to see how quick they can get around this speedway. Jason pulled the 58 pill, which meant he would go out 29th for his shot at speed. He climbed into the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine and readied himself for the high speed adventure. His Kistler Engines motor came to life and he pounded the loud pedal. His first lap came in at 13.956 seconds, which was good but not good enough. He continued to direct his speed around the fast line and improved the second time around with a time of 13.851 seconds, which was 8th quick overall. A good start to the evening of racing in Canada for the Ragin’ Cajun and the JJR crew.
Next up were the three heat races for the sprint cars. Jason would start third aboard the Waco Metal/FK Rod Ends #41 in the second heat race with NASCAR star Kasey Kahne to his outside. Logan Schuchart and Daryn Pittman were on the front row and everyone was gunning for one of the top two spots so they could advance onto the Dash. When the green flag waved, Schuchart sped into the lead with Pittman and Jason following. Pittman would make the pass for the lead and Jason would be right on his bumper as he seized the runner-up position. The front two drivers were putting on a show for the fans and Pittman just beat Jason to the finish line by 0.766 seconds. Jason Sides drove home third followed by Joey Saldana, and Logan Schuchart with Kasey Kahne securing the sixth and final transfer position.
It was onto the Dash for the 22nd time in 2016 – a 35.48% success rate – for the Louisiana-born driver. The pre-Dash lineup found him slotted in the fifth position. Looking for his luck to change for the better, he sure was hoping that a six pill was pulled. When it was he found himself starting on the outside of the front row, beside Craig Dollansky, for the Dash. Brad Sweet and Jacob Allen would be in row two with Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz in row three. When the green flag waved, Jason surged into the lead in his Fischer Body Shop/Kenny’s Components #41 Maxim and set the early pace. In the end, Brad Sweet would track him down to take the Dash victory just ahead of Jason, as Schatz, Dollansky and Allen crossed the line behind them with Pittman coming home sixth.
Jason and the JJR #41 team earned the right to start the 30-lap feature from the outside of the front row with Brad Sweet on the pole. After saluting the great fans from Canada, it was time to go racing at Ohsweken Speedway. Jason buckled his Crow Enterprizes safety belts and flipped the shield down on his Bell Racing Helmet as the competitors rolled out onto the speedway. When the green flag waved, the current World of Outlaws point leader, Donny Schatz, surged into the lead as Jason was in a fierce fight for position with Brad Sweet and Jacob Allen. Jason got shuffled back to fourth and was running consistent laps each time around as he kept the front three cars in sight. With 11 laps to go he would surrender the fourth position to Daryn Pittman. As the laps clicked by on the scoreboard the inside lane became the quickest way around the 3/8-mile track. A late caution with 4 laps to go for a spinning Dane Lorenc bunched the field up for a final sprint to the finish line. On the restart, Jason lost a spot to Logan Schuchart and raced hard to a well-deserved sixth place finish! Donny Schatz took the victory over Sweet, Allen and Schuchart with Pittman finishing one spot ahead of Jason in the fifth position. A solid run for the forty-one in Canada.