DODGE CITY, KANSAS (July 4, 2015) – Dodge City is a wild frontier town from the old west and the racing at Dodge City Raceway Park was certainly fast and furious like the good ol’ days. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was back at the 3/8 mile track for the second night of action in the “Boot Hill Showdown”. There were 22 cars signed into the pits and each and every one of them wanted to race hard for the top spot on the podium.
After a solid fifth place finish in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/E&K #41 Maxim on Friday night, Jason and the JJR team were eager to improve on their finish on this night. Jason was the seventh driver out on the track as he got his Hoosier Racing Tires rolling for time trials. He mashed the accelerator and got his high speed, Kistler Engine powered machine moving and turned in an impressive first lap at 12.877 seconds. His second time around was a little slower at 13.098 seconds, but his best of two laps was fifth quick overall when time trial qualifying was completed.
In the second heat race, the World of Outlaw Rookie of the Year contender from Rocky Mount, Missouri, lined up on the inside of row two beside Kerry Madsen. Pole sitter David Gravel led Brad Sweet, Madsen and the Ragin’ Cajun into turn one as the green lights lit up around the track. They were all digging and moving around the oval at a rapid pace. They stayed in that running order as Jason brought the KSE Racing Products/www.racediecast.com entry home in the fourth position to earn one of the eight coveted spots in the Dash event.
When the inversion pill of six was pulled it put the Eunice, Louisiana native on the outside of the front row for the all-important six lap event. With his Weld Racing wheels glistening under the early evening light, he pulled in his starting spot beside Friday night’s winner Jason Sides. Sides would get the jump as Schatz darted into the runner-up position with Jason holding down the third spot. The top three would put on a good show and cross under the checkers in that order followed by Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana, Kerry Madsen, Shane Stewart and David Gravel.
For the 30 lap “Boot Hill Showdown” finale, a third place starting spot meant another great view for the Cajun Sensation when they went into their four-wide salute to the fans on Independence Day. When the cars realigned in their two-by-two starting lineup order it was “go time” for the field. Jason peered through the visor of his Arai Helmet and readied himself to take flight in the Priority Aviation/Waco Metal #41 Maxim when the flagman gave them the signal. When the green flag dropped a familiar leader emerged as Schatz took the point position as Jason raced hard from third. An early caution for Saldana regrouped the field and when the racing action got back up to speed Schatz, McMahan and Johnson were all racing hard. The track took on some rubber so the top way around the track was the fast way. Schatz would go on to take the victory as McMahan claimed the runner-up spot and Jason had a season best third place finish. A great podium run for the forty one!
After a three month hiatus due to injury, the Cajun Sensation was back! Following his first podium run of the 2015 season, Jason said, “This run means a lot for the JJR team.” He continued, “Even though I was out, my guys worked their tails off and using different drivers throughout the time I was out, they capitalized on the good things that we’ve learned from each guy.” He then explained, “I am still the same driver I was three months ago, but these guys have advanced really far. I can’t say enough about Philip Dietz, Cole and Blaine. They’re doing a good job and the team is gelling and we’re surrounded by great people.” He concluded by stating how happy he is to be back and thanking all of his sponsorship partners for their support by highlighting the contributions from supporters like Priority Aviation Services, Fischer Body Shop, Dissolvalloy, Waco Metal, and Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT).