ROCKY MOUNT, MISSOURI (June 26, 2018) – I will begin by saying I miss Jason so much. My heart hurts because of the loss of my husband and Jaxx’s daddy. I have cried. I have prayed. And, my heart has smiled as I think about all the good times I had with Jason and how blessed we were as a couple. And then I have cried some more, which is ok. I know he loved both me and Jaxx so much as he made sure we knew through the things he told us every day and the stuff he did with us as we travelled up and down the road together chasing our dreams . . . TOGETHER AS A FAMILY. We were together as a family all of the time. We spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week together as a FAMILY – A LOVING FAMILY. It was just the three of us until we arrived at the track and were surrounded by the racing community – OUR FRIENDS. I will miss sharing that for sure with Jason.
Jason loved sprint car racing from the day I met him. That is part of what I loved so much about him when we started dating. His passion for racing only grew through our time together. It was a common area of interest and passion for each of us. Racing is a sport we both love very much, and now Jaxx does too as he always wants to be at the track or racing his cars in the motorhome! We enjoy the friendships we have built with the other drivers and teams, as well as, their families. We were, and still are, a FAMILY. Over the past four years, Jason took a lot of pride racing against the best drivers in the business with the World of Outlaws every night. It certainly was not easy, but he worked hard to be competitive and get better behind the wheel. He was intense and always focused on his work as a race team owner away from the track to make sure he was doing everything needed to meet our sponsorship partners’ expectations. If he was not working with Phil (Dietz) and the crew on the car, he was on the phone talking to someone from his family, a friend we met through racing, or one of our manufacturers or sponsors. We have so many wonderful relationships with all of the teams and their families, as well as, all of our unwavering fans.
As I look back on the events of this past Saturday night, it is really hard to put in words for me. At least writing them down, as most of you know how I talk. I was so happy Jason set quick time and then he won his heat to earn a spot in the Dash where he finished third. As racers and owners know, none of those races pay anything to win, but they sure set you up better for the end of the night. The one race that pays. I was excited for the A-Main, as I knew we had a fast car and Jason and the team were confident. When he took the lead from Daryn Pittman we were cheering him on, but realized it was early in the race yet. That joy and excitement turned to deep sorrow quickly, not only for our family, but the whole racing community. As it turned out, we all lost Jason that night. It hurts for all of us. It was a racing accident. No one’s fault. Just two great drivers racing hard for the lead at Beaver Dam. My heart goes out to Daryn, Mandy and their beautiful daughters. Daryn has always raced us clean and did on this night for sure. No this or that, just clean hard racing. I will be forever grateful for their family and I will keep them in my prayers as I realize this is a difficult time for them too.
Let’s stay together as a racing family, the one Jason and I always loved together being a part of, so we can care for one another during not only this time, but all the time. Treat each other right no matter what. Let’s commit to pray for strength for each other and better days ahead for everyone. That is what Jason would want for all of us. I am heartbroken for sure, but so grateful for you all and the support you all have shown! Thank you! #FOREVER41