ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA (June 19, 2016) – It was Father’s Day and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invaded Brown County Speedway for the first time since 1985. There were 27 cars in the pit area eager to take on the reconfigured 1/3-mile, high-banked clay oval. The grandstands were filled and the skies overhead were brilliant blue with a few puffy clouds as accents. It was race day!
Fortunately for Jason and the team they went out relatively early in time trials and were able to circle Brown County Speedway on this night with two consistent and quick laps. The first time around in the Fischer Body Shop/Country Custom Creations (CCC) #41 he crossed through the timing light in 11.207 seconds. He stayed focused and again turned a quick lap, albeit slightly slower, at 11.309 seconds. His first lap time was good enough for ninth quick overall in time trials.
Jason found himself peering through the shield of his Bell Helmet at pole sitter Brad Sweet’s tail tank at the start of heat three. Sweet shared the front row with South Dakota native Dusty Zomer, while Jason shared row two with always quick Mark Dobmeier. When the green flag waved, Sweet rocketed into the lead with Zomer, Johnson and Dobmeier giving chase. They wouldn’t catch him as Sweet took the win after 8 laps ahead of Zomer as Dobmeier, Tim Kaeding and Jason rounded out the top five with Jacob Allen securing the sixth and final transfer spot.
After some track prep work was completed, the fans were ready to see the 35 lap feature event with the best in the business filling the 24 starting spots. Shane Stewart and Dusty Zomer made up row one with Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet in row two. Jason positioned the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/BMRS Maxim on the inside of row eight in the fifteenth starting position beside the #9N Wade Nygaard. When the green flag waved, Stewart checked out at the front of the pack as Jason rocketed forward on the high side. Carrying speed around the track he had already moved into the tenth running position within the first two laps before rolling to a stop of the front straightaway on lap three. He re-fired his Kistler Engines motor and joined the back of the pack before the green flag was displayed again to get them up to speed again. The Cajun Sensation continued to work hard getting around the competition as he maneuvered the tight and challenging little bullring. He was fast and smooth through the turns and before you knew it he was back into the top fifteen and looking for more. Staying focused and showing patience he methodically picked up positions on the track one-by-one. When the last lap was completed, with Stewart taking the win as he led wire-to-wire, Jason charged all the way back to gain a 12th place finish on the night. While not the finish they were looking for, the driver and team certainly showed their persistence and tenacity as they overcame an early setback to garner a respectable finish on this Father’s Day at Brown County Speedway.