PEVELY, MISSOURI (April 21, 2018) – Most racers will tell you that racing at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, or as they more commonly refer to it as simply just Pevely, is a lot of fun. The 1/3-mile, high banked oval typically produces some good racing that is entertaining for both the racers and the fans. The grandstands were once again packed to see the stars of the sport race at Kenny Schrader’s speed plant nestled just off Interstate 55 south of St. Louis on Herky Horine Road. There were 43 sprint cars down in the pit area over the banking of turn two along with a host of POWRi midget competitors.
Jason would push out 20th for his time trial qualifying laps at I-55. When James Moughan completed his laps, Jason powered up his beautifully prepared Fischer Body Shop/Waco Metal #41 Maxim and hit the accelerator. He took the green and he was on the clock. His first lap was a good one at 11.032 seconds, but he needed more speed to improve his time if he wanted to move further up the scoring charts. His Kistler Engine/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Engler Machine & Tool powerplant did its job, along with the driver, as the second lap was quicker at 10.828 seconds which catapulted him up the third quick overall. That is where he would end up as Jason Sides set quick time with a lap of 10.764 seconds, followed by David Gravel at 10.809 seconds, and then Jason with his fast lap of 10.828 seconds.
Starting from the outside front row in the first and fastest heat race by time trial results, Jason was looking to get a good start on the top side of row one with the #7s of Jason Sides on the pole. It was a loaded field though with both Madsen brothers, Ian and Kerry, in the lineup along with Sammy Swindell, Rico Abreu, Derek Hagar and Hunter Schuerenberg. When the green flag waved, Sides drove into the lead as Kerry Madsen followed him in second with Jason running third. Sides would control the point position, but it was Ian Madsen stealing the runner-up position from Kerry as Jason was relegated to fourth. There were five transfer spots up for grabs and when the checkers waved it was Sides over Ian Madsen and Kerry Madsen and Jason came home fourth aboard the Greber Racing Components/FK Rod Ends #41 Maxim Racing entry with Rico Abreu locking down the fifth and final transfer position.
It was now time for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series to present the 40-lap finale at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for all the fans who packed the stands. The Louisianan, who now resides in Rocky Mount, Missouri, zipped up his P1 Performance Racewear (#P1Posse) race suit and was prepared for competition. Jason would start from the inside of row seven, the 13th starting position, aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41 with Donny Schatz and Ian Madsen leading the field from the front row. When the initial green flag waved over the field, Jason got his Hoosier Racing Tires rolling as he picked up one spot in the running order after the first lap. He continued to move forward as he grabbed the tenth position on the third lap before getting shuffled back a few spots in the tight racing action to the 14th position. Ian Madsen was showing the way at the front of the pack for the first seven laps before surrendering the lead to Sheldon Haudenschild who would lead through lap 30. Jason was using his MPI Innovations steering wheel to carefully maneuver around the hard and slick 1/3-mile oval through the race. With a number of cautions for blown tires, World of Outlaws officials made the call for all restarts to be single file. The Cajun chauffeur was gently working the accelerator and the brake to navigate the increasingly tricky racing surface. Daryn Pittman, who was methodically using the bottom of the track, made his way up to Haudenschild and eventually took the lead on lap 31 as he raced to the victory over Schatz, Haudenschild and David Gravel with Brad Sweet rounding out the top five. Jason would bring the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) #41 with a 14th place finish as the JJR #41 team turned their attention to Sunday night’s race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana that was postponed by weather last week.
RACING AROUND THE BANKING AT I-55 IN THE FISCHER BODY SHOP #41!
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