ANTIOCH, CALIFORNIA (March 29, 2015) – The journey through the northern part of California continued on Sunday evening for Jason and the JJR team as they made the 150 plus mile trek south to Antioch Speedway for some Sunday night mudslinging in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Kenny’s Components #41. There were 35 cars signed into the pit area that sits along the backstretch of this 3/8 mile, high banked clay oval on the grounds of the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds.
With the grandstands filled with fans anxious to see the stars of the World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprint Car Series race against California’s own hot shoes, it was time for the individual performance portion of the evening as the first car pushed off for time trials. Jason rolled out seventh in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Hepfner Racing Products (HRP) Maxim to take his shot at circling the oval in a few seconds of high speed madness attempting to lay down a really fast lap. He certainly was quick with a time of 11.889 seconds, which resulted in a season’s best fifth quick time overall when all was said and done in time trials.
With a heavy track and only eight laps to make some noise, the Ragin’ Cajun pulled to the inside of row two beside Brad Sweet in the first heat race. He flipped the shield down on his Shell Shock custom painted Arai Helmet and was ready to press the speed button to summon all the horsepower from his Kistler Engine. As the green lights illuminated around the speedway, Jason pedaled down as the outside row got the momentum on the first lap. The all California front row of Bud Kaeding and Colby Copeland led the pack of fast moving sprint cars around the wet and narrow surface. Kaeding would take the win ahead of Copeland, Sweet and the Ragin’ Cajun with Craig Dollansky securing the fifth and final transfer position.
For the 30 lap A-Main, the Louisiana born speed chauffeur, driving the MVT missile, would start from the ninth starting position beside Kraig Kinser in row five. The field was being paced by Paul McMahan and Daryn Pittman with Bud Kaeding and Kerry Madsen following closely behind in row two. After the Greatest Show on Dirt completed their four wide salute to the fans, it was “go” time at Antioch Speedway. The track was still very tacky, fast and narrow, so getting a good start was critical for positioning yourself on the track. Pittman took the early lead as the field settled in behind the race leader. Jason had the #41 moving in fast forward, but there was limited passing. Focusing on keeping your line with your right foot planted was the success formula on this night. Pittman would lead wire-to-wire and Jason would bring the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Waco Metal #41 Maxim home ninth for his fourth consecutive top ten finish in World of Outlaw competition. After the race he commented, “When we were in Florida, I said the challenge and goal for our team was consistent top ten finishes.” He continued, “Philip and the JJR team have been doing a really good job making this Maxim fast and fun for me to drive.” Staying focused on the big picture, he finished by stating, “While we are really pleased with our recent consistency and top ten finishes, we will continue to work hard all year for these type of results for all of our fans and sponsorship partners.”