BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN (June 24, 2017) – Beaver Dam Raceway is an exciting 1/3-mile oval that everyone, well most everyone, enjoys racing at when it comes around on the schedule. There were 38 cars packed into the pit area and one coveted trophy they were all gunning for – the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial trophy. Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing team pulled into the pits coming off back-to-back podium runs and were looking to keep their momentum going on this night at Beaver Dam Raceway.
Based on the number of cars entered, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series field was split into two qualifying flights with 19 cars assigned to each flight. Jason would roll off 12th in Flight A aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Engler Machine & Tool #41 Maxim. When Joe B. Miller completed his two laps in the #51B, the Cajun Sensation flipped down the shield of his Shell Shock custom painted Bell Racing Helmet and fired his Kistler Engine under the hood. He was hammer down and turned in two quick laps, with the second one being the quicker of the two coming in at 11.415 seconds. His fast lap was 3rd quick overall in Flight A.
Jason would be slated to start from the second position beside Flight A quick timer, Jason Sides, in the first of four heat races. But before the heat races cold push off, Mother Nature moved in and dropped some rain over Beaver Dam. The track crews waited patiently for the precipitation to end and then spent a considerable amount of time getting the track back in shape for the racing to begin. When their work was completed it was time to go racing at Beaver Dam Raceway! Sides and Johnson would bring the field to the green flag as second row starters Logan Schuchart and Justin Henderson were right behind. Sides was in the lead as Schuchart got by Johnson on the outside to take over the runner-up spot. The track was fast and narrow at this point of the night. Sides would go on to take the win ahead of Schuchart with Johnson coming home third as Justin Henderson and Tim Kaeding locked down the final two transfer positions for the first heat race.
Locking himself into the 40-lap Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial race, the Cajun Sensation sat patiently for the remainder of the evening to unfold as he worked with Philip, Jeff and Jakob to ready the Maxim Racing entry for the #41 team. The Louisiana-born racer would start from the inside of row five from the ninth starting position with David Gravel’s Muddy #5 to his outside. Front row starters, Donny Schatz and Greg Wilson, would bring the field around as they split for the traditional four-wide salute to the fans. After rearranging in their two-by-two starting order the green flag waved and it was Wilson jumping into the early lead before the red flag was thrown for a flipping Jac Haudenschild. When racing resumed, Wilson took the lead as Schatz and Stewart were embroiled in a battle for position and Jason was methodically working his way forward in the Fischer Body Shop/CCC #41 as he was running in the seventh position. With 7 laps in, Schatz and Stewart made contact sending Schatz into a series of wild flips down the back straightaway to bring out the red again. The track was fast, narrow and rough in places making for very demanding conditions for all the drivers. When racing went back to green, the Ragin’ Cajun moved into fourth in the running order as Wilson led Stewart, Brad Sweet and Johnson around Beaver Dam. Wilson would surrender the lead to Stewart on lap 25. Jason kept trucking in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) #41 Maxim and when Stewart raced under the checkered flag ahead of 21st starting Kerry Madsen they were followed by Jason who captured his third podium finish in a row for the JJR Marshall Racing team. Another great run for the forty-one to cap off the Jim “JB” Memorial!