FORT WORTH, TEXAS (September 12, 2014) – The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour invaded the state of Texas this weekend for the two night Port-a-Cool U.S. Dirt Track National Championship. Jason and the Stenhouse Jr. Racing had the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Waco Metal #41 Maxim ready to roll for the preliminary night of action. There were 39 cars in total at the beautiful facility ready to take on the quick oval for the first night of high speed action at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
The black, yellow and white Priority Aviation Services, LLC Maxim lined up in the sixth starting spot in heat number five. It was ‘gas-and-go’ time for the Rocky Mount, Missouri resident. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Johnny Herrera were on the front row as the field of seven cars idled around the track awaiting the green flag. Anxiously waiting to slam the loud pedal, Jason saw the green flag wave and dropped his right foot to the floor board. His Ford engine responded and he set sail as he started to move forward. While the front row fell in line nose-to-tail, the Ragin’ Cajun was putting on a show as he marched forward. When they completed the eight laps, Hafertepe would take the win followed by Herrera, Jason in third, Martin Edwards with Tim Crawley rounding out the top five. A good finish for Jason, which netted him enough finish and passing points in total to lock him into the top eight redraw for the feature event.
When the A-Main lineup was finalized, the Rocky Mount resident would start on the inside of row four in the Waco Metal/K&N Filter #41 Maxim for the twenty five lap event. Pole sitter Danny Jennings and outside front row starter Johnny Herrera paced the field. Jason flipped down the shield of his Arai Helmet and he was ready to get to work from the cockpit of his Maxim Chassis. 25 laps. 23 powerful sprint cars. 1 winner’s trophy. The race went green as the engines roared down the front straightaway. The sound of the engines reverberated through every one of the fans in the stands. These high speed pilots were putting on an ASCS National Tour style show for those in attendance. The Ragin’ Cajun was steering his way forward using his KSE Racing Products. On lap three, the engines of the field quieted when the red flag was thrown for Johnny Herrera who got upside down in turn four. When the racing resumed, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. was showing the way and when the black and white checkered flag flew he took the win. He was followed across the stripe by Danny Jennings, Matt Covington, Stevie Smith with Jason securing the final spot of the top five in the preliminary night feature. The Stenhouse Jr. Racing/JJR team will take the lessons learned during the preliminary night of action and apply them in the finale on Saturday night back at Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.