CHICO, CALIFORNIA (September 12, 2015) – There were 41 cars on hand for the second and final night of the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway. After rallying to a 15th place finish aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS) #41 on Friday night, Jason and the team were eager to get back at it on Saturday night.
With over 40 cars signed in the pit area, there once again would be two flights of time trial qualifying scheduled for the drivers to go out to attack the quarter mile, high banked oval individually. Jason pushed off in Flight One buckled tightly into his Waco Metal/ISC Racers Tape Maxim Racing hot rod. Wanting to improve on his qualifying efforts, he went out and got his elbows up and pounded the loud pedal. Lap one was just slightly off the pace of those that had already time trialed, but he improved his time on lap two and stopped the stopwatch at 11.706 seconds, which was 15th quick in Flight One and 26th quick overall on the night.
Starting deep in the pack in the first heat race, from the eighth starting spot, he had his work cut out for him and only ten laps to do it in. California natives, Bud Kaeding and Andy Gregg, paced the field and brought them to the green flag. The track was fast and passing was at a premium. Kaeding would go on to take the win with Jason holding his starting spot and finishing eighth, which was outside of the five transfer spots.
The 12 lap Last Chance Showdown (LCS) was the Rocky Mount, Missouri resident’s next stop and last opportunity to earn his way into the Gold Cup finale. He was starting ninth in the field, but was determined and focused to drive his Maxim into one of the four transfer positions to the feature event. The JJR boys made all of their last minute adjustments and Jason jumped into his office and flipped down the shield of his Shell Shock custom painted Arai Helmet. He rolled out into his starting spot and immediately went to work when the green flag waved. He was working the high side and taking advantage of anything and everything that presented itself on the track. His tenacity and persistence was showing as he cracked the top five and kept the right pedal down. Still not satisfied, he charged forward and eventually took the lead and the win in the Last Chance Showdown. A great driving effort by the pilot of the forty one.
The evening of competition did not get any easier in the 40 lap A-Main for the Cajun Sensation as he would start from the outside of row twelve aboard the Fischer Body Shop/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim. The bad thing was he was starting from the back of the pack. The good thing though was racing is about passing and the driver of the forty one likes to race and put on a show for the fans. Joey Saldana and Brad Sweet brought the field in The Greatest Show on Dirt up to speed. Jason wasted little time a little further back putting his Hoosier Racing Tires to work. He was digging each lap and stealing positions on the leaderboard whenever an opportunity presented itself around the quarter mile. He found himself inside the top twenty just after the midway point and was looking for more. He found more as he stayed focused and drove the wheels off his Priority Aviation entry. Donny Schatz would sneak under Saldana for the lead on lap 29 and Jason kept working hard now racing in the middle of the pack. Schatz would go on to collect his 29th victory of the year as Jason claimed another 15th place run after charging from the last starting spot in the field. A great recovery for Jason and the JJR team to earn a very respectable finish in a very competitive race and environment.
With the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions in the books, Jason and the JJR team will close out the final race of the West Coast swing in 2015 at Antioch Speedway on Sunday night. Stop out and say hello to Jason and the JJR team.