SUN PRAIRIE, WISCONSIN (August 21, 2016) – As the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series competitors get back into full swing as the month of August churns through the days, Sunday found Jason and the JJR team at Angell Park Speedway for the Sun Prairie Sprint Car Classic. There were 37 cars in the pit area and the grandstands were filled with a sold-out crowd. They were eager to see some 410- sprint car racing against the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series competitors on the 1/3-mile oval that opened in June of 1903 and is still run today by the city’s fire department, the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Company.
With a high pill draw, Jason had to patiently wait for his turn to go out to turn his two time trial laps around Angell Park Speedway aboard his Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Waco Metal #41 Maxim. He would roll onto the track 36th out of 37 cars and turn his first lap in 12.020 seconds. It was a good lap, but he picked up the pace the next time around and improved his speed and time to 12.016 seconds, which was 7th quick overall on the night.
His fine qualifying effort put him on the outside front row in the third 10-lap heat race beside his friend and fellow competitor, Shane Stewart, in the Larson Marks #2. Stewart jumped into the lead at the green as the Ragin’ Cajun ran close behind. The front two were setting the pace as Logan Schuchart and Bill Balog and Mike Reinke gave chase. Jason wasn’t able to catch and pass Stewart, as Stewart took the win over the Eunice, Louisiana racer in his Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Wilwood #41 locking both of the drivers into the Craftsman Club Dash event.
With an inversion pill of six selected, Jason would start from the inside of row four in the Dash event, his 23rd Dash event of the year, with Jason Sides to his outside. It was an all KKR front row as Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet led the field to the green. Pittman was in the lead as Sweet and Schatz gave chase, Jason was in his office using his KSE Racing Products to steer his way at speed from his seventh starting position. A caution flew on lap three as Shane Stewart experienced a flat right rear tire. After changing his tire, he rejoined the field and they went back racing. Pittman went on to take the victory over Sweet, Schatz and David Gravel with Joey Saldana, Sides, Jason and Stewart rounding out the field to set the first four rows of the feature event.
The drivers did their job and the twenty four teams that did the best were locked into the 40-lap Sun Prairie Sprint Car Classic. The sold-out crowd was ready to see a terrific show as the talented field of racers went into their famous four-wide salute to the fans. Ironically, the four-wide salute that the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car series uses today has roots at Angell Park. Ted Johnson, the WoO’s original founder, was in awe over the formation during and early visit when he saw the Badger midgets do it at Angell Park Speedway and then incorporated it into the Outlaw format back in 1978 when they started racing across the United States. It was time to go racing!
Pole sitter, Daryn Pittman, put his Great Clips #9 out front early as Jason was running in the seventh position. The race was stopped twice early as the green was replaced by the yellow for Mike Kertscher and then went they went back green was again replaced by the red as Brando McMullen got upside down. When the racing finally resumed, the action was fast and furious. Your 2016 Knoxville Nationals champion was up on the wheel inside the cockpit of his Maxim and wheeled his way into the sixth position and was keeping pace with fifth running Joey Saldana. A red for Scotty Thiel stopped the action abruptly when he flipped. The restart order was Pittman, Schatz, Sweet, Gravel and Saldana with Jason restarting sixth. When they went green again Jason quickly moved into the top five and paced himself from that position until Logan Schuchart slipped by as he made the pass. He eventually would lose the sixth position late in the race to Shane Stewart to bring home the Fischer Body Shop/CCC #41 entry in the seventh spot to log another top ten finish, his 36th of the 2016 season for a 51.43% success rate. Another good run for the forty one!