STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (March 22, 2015) – There is never an easy night when you are racing with the World of Outlaws (WoO). Every night is a challenge, which means you have to be at the top of your game night-in and night-out. There is no time to celebrate. After a top ten run on Saturday night, Jason and the Priority Aviation #41 team were back at Stockton Dirt Track ready for night two of the FVP Western Spring Shootout.
There were 37 cars in the pit area and the first order of business was time trials. The Rocky Mount, Missouri resident, driving the Mesilla Valley Transportation/FK Rod Ends #41 Maxim, pushed off seventh for his turn to circle the fast 3/8 mile oval. He did not disappoint as he turned a quick lap of 13.547 seconds, which was the 10th quickest lap overall when the last driver took the checkers.
When the heat race lineups were set, the Ragin’ Cajun would pull to the outside of the front row in the second heat race. With California hot shoe, Carson Macedo, on the pole and Ian Madsen and Brad Sweet in row two it would be pedal down time from the get go for the driver of the Fischer Body Shop/www.racediecast.com machine. When the green lights illuminated around the track, Jason jumped on the fast pedal and set the pace with the field in tow. He was making tracks and not looking back as he led when the checkered flag flew over the field to advance onto the Dash for the second straight night.
For the six lap Dash, Jason would line up on the outside of row three in the sixth starting position after an inversion pill of four was pulled. The Dash finishing order sets the starting order for the top eight, so there is incentive to run well and improve your finishing position. Daryn Pittman would take the win, but Jason advanced one spot to earn the fifth starting spot in the feature event.
Eager to get going from his highest starting spot of the season, Jason climbed into the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine and pulled on his Shell Shock custom painted Arai Helmet. He then slid on his Oakley racing gloves as the four wheeler bumped up against his rear nerf bar to push him to the staging area. Pole sitter Daryn Pittman and fellow front row starter, Terry McCarl, brought the field of fast moving stars of speed down the front straightaway as they took the green. Jason surged into the third position as the field headed into the first turn. He held that position as he was locked into a fierce battle for the spot with Brad Sweet. The action was fast, furious and exciting as the laps clicked by. Sweet would eventually get by the Ragin’ Cajun and started his pursuit of race leader Terry McCarl. After a short caution on lap eleven, Jason made a move for the lead on the restart and seized the top spot. The orange, yellow and black number forty one would lead lap twelve and set the pace. It was good seeing the hard charger back at the front of the pack as he led laps thirteen and fourteen before another caution waved. Pacing the field on the restart, he jumped on the accelerator and brought the field up to speed. McCarl and California native Rico Abreu made their moves as they used the bottom lane on the restart as Jason got up on the high side coming off of two and lost a few positions. McCarl would take the lead, but Abreu eventually stole it from him and went on to take the victory over McCarl, Paul McMahan, David Gravel as Jason brought home an impressive fifth place finish. Two solid finishes in two consecutive nights. After the race Jason commented, “This was a good weekend of racing for our team.” He continued, “The guys worked really hard all week and I am proud of them. Our goal is to be in the top ten on a consistent basis and this weekend proved we can do it.”