PEVELY, MISSOURI (May 2, 2015) – Jason, Jamie and the JJR team head back home to the “Show Me” state to race in the Spring Classic at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, just outside of St. Louis, on Saturday night. It is always great to race close to home with sponsorship partners like Fischer Body Shop, who has operations in both Jefferson City and Eldon, Missouri, and Pro Powder Coating (PPC) in Russellville, Missouri to name a few.
There were 33 cars and drivers prepared to take time trials around the impressive 1/3 mile, high banked clay oval. Jamie pushed out sixth and circle the track quickly in 11.159 seconds. His time would be 11th quick overall when the engine silenced after the last qualifier.
The star from Down Under pulled the Fischer Body Shop/Jonestown KOA #41 on to the outside of the front row for heat three. Bill Balog was the pole sitter and Brad Sweet and Kerry Madsen made up row two. It was hammer down time. When the green flag waved, Balog jumped out into the lead. Veal got shuffled back as Sweet made his way forward. At the end of ten laps, Veal would follow Balog, Sweet and Paul McMahan across the finish line to earn one of the five transfer positions to the feature event.
When all the qualifying was completed and the field was set, it was ‘go time’ for the 40 lap A-Main event. Jamie rolled to his 13th starting spot in the Pro Powder Coating (PPC)/FK Rod Ends Maxim. Fellow Australian, Kerry Madsen, grabbed the early lead as The Real Deal, Jamie Veal, was moving forward trying to break into the top ten. He was fast and was using his skills to keep the JJR/Priority Aviation Services entry moving fast forward. At the front of the pack, Christopher Bell too the lead on lap fifteen from Madsen. At the same time, Veal was off the pace as he headed for the pit area with mechanical issues later to be determined to be with his engine. Bell would go on to collect his second career World of Outlaw victory aboard the Keith Kunz #67.
While never happy with a DNF, the JJR team had a good top ten car on this night before the gremlins set in under the hood. Jason commented after the race, “We had a really good car tonight and Jamie did a fantastic job.” He continued, “The JJR boys will continue to work hard . . . we will keep digging.” When all the dust settled at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Philip and the JJR crew loaded up the hauler and started the 190 mile journey for the third of three nights of racing on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.