PAIGE, TEXAS (February 26, 2016) – After an almost two week layoff following the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida, Jason and the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series competitors invaded the Lone Star State ready to tackle the three-eighths mile oval at Cotton Bowl Speedway in the ATX Rentals Outlaw Shootout for the first time in history. There were 32 cars at the track, which is located 35 mile east of Austin, Texas, but all came to race and put on a show for the fans.
After picking the number “37” pill at the draw, Jason pushed off 20th for the fastest two laps in dirt motorsports. He circled around Cotton Bowl Speedway the first time in 14.004 seconds. Not content, he stayed on the hammer in his Priority Aviation Services, LLC Maxim and improved his second lap time time to 13.852 seconds, which was 11th quick overall when the last qualifier took the checkered flag in time trials.
After a quick start, he would start from the third starting spot in heat race number three aboard the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Custom Country Creations #41. Bryan Clauson and Logan Schuchart were in row one and brought the field up to speed down the front straightaway. Jason used his Kistler Engines power plant to position himself in a three car battle with Clauson and Sammy Swindell for the runner-up spot. Racing wheel-to-wheel, Jason came out on top of the battle for position and set his sights on trying to chase down race leader Logan Schuchart who had distanced himself from the tussle. He would come up short gunning for the win, but finished second ahead of Swindell and Clauson with Brent Marks rounding out the top five. Jason commented, “That was an intense race, but we were able to race forward and secure the runner-up spot.” He continued, “The JJR guys are working really hard and we have a lot of great supporters that allow us to be out here to run with the World of Outlaws.”
The 2015 WoO Rookie of the Year, in the Priority Aviation/Waco Metal #41 JJR entry, advanced to the 6-lap Dash event where after the inversion pill of six was pulled put him on the inside of row four to start the race. The Dash finish would establish the starting lineup for the A-Main and the racers were ready to put on a great sprint car show for the fans. Joey Saldana and Logan Schuchart were on row one with David Gravel and Danny Lasoski in row two. Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet were in row three as Jason shared row four with Aaron Reutzel. Saldana seized the lead on lap one, but all eyes were focused a little further back as Sweet, Lasoski and Johnson locked horns in a fierce three car, three-wide battle for the fifth position. Jason used the high side, then the low side and the three cars were scrambling for position with Sweet securing it and Lasoski and Johnson falling in line as Saldana took the Dash victory. Jason settled for seventh.
For the 30-lap A-Main, Jason rolled out into his seventh starting position. As he flipped the shield down on his Bell Racing helmet, he was ready to get rolling in the Priority Aviation/Fischer Body Shop speed machine. With the grandstands packed to capacity with eager fans, the Greatest Show on Dirt rolled out the field of 24 and they presented themselves in the traditional four wide salute to the fans. Lining up two-by-two for the start, Joey Saldana brought the field to the green and the sweet sound of sprint car engines filled the air in Texas. Jason went to work inside the cockpit of his Maxim Racing chassis as the competition was fast and furious around Cotton Bowl Speedway. The racing action was tight, but the drivers were putting on a terrific show for the fans. Jason exchanged a few spots through the midpoint of the race and fell back to the eleventh position, but as the laps started to click down he mashed the power pedal and the car starting coming back to him as he marched forward. He moved back into the top ten and kept his sights set on moving up the scoring pylon. Daryn Pittman stole the lead but Brad Sweet was sneaking up there to make it interesting. Sweet would make a dramatic last lap pass of Pittman to take the win as Jason piloted the Priority Aviation Services, LLC #41 to a very respectable eighth place run in the ATX Rentals Outlaw Shootout.