ALGER, WASHINGTON (September 3, 2016) – After a podium run in the opening night of the Outlaw Energy Showdown at Steve Beitler’s Skagit Speedway, Jason and the JJR boys were excited to be back at the 3/10-mile oval for night two. It was a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest and Beitler and his track crew worked their tails off to give the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series stars and the local competitors a great track to race on in front of the fans in the grandstands.
Unlike Friday night where the Ragin’ Cajun got to go out early for his time trial laps, the team pulled a high draw pill and would go out late, 21st out of 22 cars, on this night. When Jason’s time came to bring life to his Kistler Engines power plant for his individual two lap performance, with a nudge of a push truck the 410 bullet fired in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/ISC Racers Tape #41 Maxim. When he entered the track’s racing surface he pounded the loud pedal and set all of the horses free. When all was said and done, the quicker of his two laps came in at 11.281 seconds, which was 12th quick overall on the night.
The 10-lap heat race lineups were posted and the #41 was scribed on the chalkboard under heat race three. Jason would share row two with Shane Stewart, as Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman made up row one with Dominic Scelzi and Greg Wilson in row three. When the green flag was unfurled, Sweet charged into the lead as Pittman, Stewart and Johnson followed close behind. These guys were wheeling these sprint cars at high speed and the fans appreciated their talent and speed show. Sweet would go on to take the heat race win as Jason came home fourth in the Fischer Body Shop/Country Custom Creations (CCC) #41 behind Pittman and Stewart as Scelzi and Wilson rounded out the top six who all transferred to the feature event.
Jason worked with Philip, Jeff and Jakob to discuss and make the necessary adjustments to the setup of the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Valvoline Maxim to prep the equipment for the 35-lap feature. The Louisiana-born native would start on the outside of row six beside Jason Sides on this demanding and fun oval. Pole sitter Joey Saldana jumped into the early lead and was showing the way. Jason wasted no time in the early going as he powered his way into the ninth position and was eager for more. He had a fast race car and was bound and determined to earn a quality finish aboard the forty-one. It did not take long for the front runners to encounter lapped traffic, which made for some difficult and challenging racing for the drivers, but some equally exciting action for the fans to watch. Jason was battling for position with some strong local competitors, Austen Wheatley and Jason Solwold, during the middle stages of the event. He would make some impressive moves to steal the positions from both as he moved into the seventh spot. Now setting his sights on tracking down sixth running Daryn Pittman was the next task at hand for the Cajun Sensation. A little further up front, David Gravel took the lead from Saldana on lap 30 as the five to go signal was given. Jason stayed up on the wheel and was making progress in his pursuit of Pittman when the red was thrown with two to go. There were two different on track incidents with one catching Stewart who got up over Saldana’s right rear and flipped as the cars slowed stopping the action and competitors completely in their tracks. The Ragin’ Cajun would restart sixth when the yellow lights came on and the officials set the lineup for the green-white-checkered restart behind Gravel, Sweet, Saldana, Logan Schuchart and Pittman. He flipped the shield down on his Shell Shock custom painted Bell Racing helmet and prepared to execute his late race strategy. Green, green, green! Jason was hammer down and made the pass to get by Pittman for fifth. He was on the move and closed in Schuchart quickly and made another strong move to get by him for the fourth position as they headed for the checkered flag. A fourth place run for the forty-one as he crossed the finish line behind race winner David Gravel, runner-up Brad Sweet and show position placer Joey Saldana. The fourth place run was Jason’s 18th top five run of the season – a 24.32% top five success rate. A great run for the forty-one on night two at Skagit Speedway in the Outlaw Energy Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
Next up for Jason and the JJR #41 team is the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series race on Labor Day at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington. If you plan to come out to the races, be sure to stop by to say hello to Jason and the team. Also, be sure to stop by the JJR merchandise trailer to get some of the new 2016 Knoxville Nationals Champion gear, along with a limited edition 1/64 scale diecast car, from Bobbi and Jaxx!