BARBERVILLE, FLORIDA (February 15, 2015) – Five straight nights of great racing action was coming to an end as the World of Outlaws (WoO) wrapped up the 2015 edition of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. During the first four nights, Jason and the entire JJR team were learning at speed as they made each of the A-Mains in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) #41 Maxim. The driver and team were looking to do the same on the final night, but with 29 cars all vying for the 24 starting spots you had to be on top of your game the whole night.
Jason pushed out thirteenth for time trials and got his Weld Racing wheels rolling around the fast half-mile oval. He turn the first lap in 13.502 seconds, but stayed on the gas and improved his time on the second circuit to 13.405 seconds, which was 27th quick overall.
Starting out in a bit of a hole, the Cajun born racer did what he does best . . . he pulled on his Shell Shocked custom painted Arai Helmet and Oakley gloves and went out to compete from the ninth starting spot in the third heat race. The heat race lineup was loaded with name like Paul McMahan, Brad Sweet, Greg Hodnett, Danny Lasoski, Craig Dollansky, Dale Blaney, David Gravel, Steve Kinser and Jason Johnson. All pretty impressive name by themselves, but put them all in the same heat race and you got a great one. After eight fast laps around Volusia Jason was able to advance one position to finish eighth, but that would relegate him to the Last Chance Showdown for a final chance to make the feature event.
Starting from the eighth position, he would need to pass two cars as the top six advanced on to the A-Main. When the green flag waved, Jason used his Kistler Engine to power his way forward as he dove to the middle and weaved his way through the field picking up some spots. He kept his right foot planted, he took over the fifth spot and held it until the finish as he followed Cody Darrah, Steve Kinser, Chad Kemenah and Greg Hodnett across the stripe to advance to the 30-lap main event.
Starting deep in the field, from the 23rd starting spot, in the MSD Performance/BMRS Maxim, Jason was ready to roll. He climbed into his ButlerBuilt Professional Seat System and buckled up. As the field went to the famous four-wide salute to the fans fireworks exploded over turn three. The field sped up to align two-by-two behind the pace car for some green flag action. Pole sitter Paul McMahan brought the incredibly talented field of competitors to the green flag and set a rapid pace at the front of the pack along with Brad Sweet. Meanwhile, Jason was very hard at work in his cockpit steering his way forward using the high line in three and four while diving low in one and two. He was making progress, but with eight laps to go relinquished some of the positions he had gained as he crossed under the checkered flags with a 22nd place finish. While not the finish he was looking for, there were a lot of positives to build on and learn from to take down the road for the Cajun Sensation and the entire JJR team.