SARVER, PENNSYLVANIA (September 23, 2017) – After packing up the car and equipment following their fourth-place finish at Eldora Speedway, Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team continued their journey east to race at Lernerville Speedway, located just north of Pittsburgh which is best known for the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. There were 29 cars parked in the pit area off turns three and four awaiting the night of racing action at the 4/10-mile oval.
Jason would be the second to last car out on the track for his two time trial laps aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Valvoline #41 Maxim. With the push truck waiting behind him in the push off lane off turn four it was time to start flying when David Gravel took the checkers in front of him. The beautifully prepared car out of the JJR Marshall Racing stable got up to speed and took the green flag as it powered through the banking at Lernerville Speedway. It would only take 13.034 seconds to complete the first lap, and he was even quicker the second time around at 13.011 seconds. The faster of his two circuits would be 14th quick overall on the night.
When the heat race lineups were posted, Jason would start fifth in the second heat race behind David Gravel, Jacob Allen, Kraig Kinser and Jac Haudenschild with Greg Wilson sharing row three with him. Eight laps of high speed chaos awaited the fans as the engines came to life and the drivers aligned themselves in their starting spots. The green flag waved and the dirt was flying. When the engines calmed it was Kraig Kinser coming out on top just under a half second ahead of Gravel and Haudenschild with Jason coming home in the fourth position in the Kenny’s Components/FK Rod Ends #41 as A.J. Flick and Greg Wilson secured the final transfer positions to the A-Main.
With the 35-lap feature field set it was time for The Greatest Show on Dirt to entertain the fans of Western Pennsylvania. Jason would start the event from the 11th starting position in the Jonestown KOA/Winters Performance Products Maxim, as front row starters Brad Sweet and David Gravel brought the field to the green. It would be Gravel earning the top spot early, but Jason wasted little time get to work a little further back in the dirty air. He was up on his Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel and maneuvering around the racing surface. Lernerville is fast and there are no walls to keep the cars in the track around each of the turns. It didn’t take long as the red flag was displayed for a flipping Jason Sides who was uninjured. When racing resumed, Jason restarted from the tenth position and got to work again inside the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine. The racing again was slowed when A.J. Flick slowed and Daryn Pittman slid over the turn four banking. They restarted and slowed again for Brent Marks. They got back going and the red was again out, this time for Joe Lockhart. With 21 laps to go the engines came alive again and they were back racing with Gravel leading and now Sheldon Haudenschild putting on the pressure from the runner-up position. The leaders approached lapped traffic with Jason running in the top ten. A series of back-to-back yellow forced multiple green-white-checkers restarts extending the race to 37 laps. All worked out as Gravel took the win over Sweet, Donny Schatz, and Shane Stewart with Tim Shaffer rounding out the top five. Jason brought the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Schoenfeld Headers #41 home in the seventh position to earn his 50 top ten finish of the year – a 62.50% top ten success rate for the driver and team. Another good run for the forty-one!