SAUK RAPIDS, MINNESOTA (June 15, 2016) – After rain washed out the first attempt to run this show on Tuesday night, Jason and the JJR team were back at the track on Wednesday night eager to get their Weld Racing wheels turning at Granite City Speedway. There were 29 cars registered to race in the pit area on an overcast night in Minnesota. But the parking lot was brimming with cars and the fans were packed in the grandstands to see the best in the business go at it around the 3/8-mile, semi-banked oval.
When hot laps were completed, the time trial portion of the show was next on the agenda of action. Jason pushed off 19th to lay down his two quickest laps in the Waco Metal/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41.With the hammer down he flung the dirt his first time around stopping the clock at 11.460 seconds. Staying on the gas he turned another consistent lap at 11.609 seconds. When the final checkers fell over the track for time trials, his first lap time was 12th quick overall.
In the third heat race, the #41 driven by the Ragin’ Cajun was perched on the outside of row two. Shane Stewart and Paul McMahan had their white cars on the front row as Jason had his black, orange and yellow Priority Aviation Services, LLC/BMRS Maxim beside third starting Danny Lasoski. When the green flag waved, Jason made a bold move by McMahan who stumbled at the start of the race. Sitting in the second position, Jason was chasing Stewart lap after lap and followed him across the finish line to earn a coveted spot in the Dash. Lasoski came home in third with Brooke Tatnell, Jacob Allen and Paul McMahan securing the final transfer spots from the heat race.
With the assistance of a fan named Gracie, the zero pill was pulled which meant Jason would get started from the sixth starting spot in the Dash. It was an all-Outlaw Dash as Joey Saldana and Kerry Madsen were in row one with Shane Stewart and Daryn Pittman in row two. Sharing row three with Jason was Brad Sweet. When the green flag waved, Stewart and Pittman were racing tight and banging wheels. Keeping his distance Jason cruised behind them as Madsen would take the victory ahead of Stewart, Saldana, Sweet and Pittman with Jason rounding out the field.
In the 30-lap feature event, the front three rows were established with the Dash finish. The Eunice, Louisiana speedster had his new Shell Shock custom painted Bell Helmet on and was ready to battle for positions around Granite City Speedway’s racy little oval. After the four-wide salute to all the wonderful fans in Minnesota who came out to show their support, it was time to go racing. When the yellow lights were dimmed and the green flag waved, the sound of engines reverberated through the air and around the racing facility. Jason was in a tight battle for position as Kerry Madsen took the early lead with Shane Stewart stalking him close behind. Jason was maneuvering at speed and would climb up to fifth before surrendering a few positions and falling back to seventh just before the midway point of the race when a red flag was displayed for Greg Wilson who flipped after making contact with Donny Schatz who was slowing due to mechanical issues. When racing resumed, Shane Stewart was now your leader and the Cajun Sensation started his march forward moving into the sixth position. With ten laps to go he moved into the top five and was chasing down Pittman with a few to go. Stewart would go on to take the win ahead of Brad Sweet, Kerry Madsen and Pittman, as Jason brought the Fischer Body Shop/Maxim Racing #41 home in the fifth spot. It was his eleventh top five as we approach the half way point of the season. A great run for the forty one!