WHEATLAND, MISSOURI (September 26, 2014) – Anyone who knew both Jesse Hockett and Daniel McMillin respected them tremendously. That is why the pit area and grandstands were packed to capacity for the preliminary night at the 4th Annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial event being held at Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday night. There were 49 cars ready to compete for one of the four available lock-in positions into Saturday night’s finale. Jason and the Stenhouse Jr. Racing boys were one of those team and they had the Fischer Body Shop/Waco Metal #41 Maxim ready to go.
After getting heat in the engine and completing warm-ups it was time for the qualifying heat events. There were six heat races slated for the night and the Louisiana native and his forty one were starting on the front row in heat four to the outside of his JJR teammate Josh Baughman. The two teammates paced the field around the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” for the eight lap event. When the green lights illuminated, it was the Ragin’ Cajun taking the top spot in the AccuDoc Solutions/FK Rod Ends speed machine. He would not surrender the point position throughout the event to take the win and advance on to the feature event with Baughman following him across the stripe in the runner-up spot.
When the feature line-up was finalized, Jason would be starting on the outside of row three, from the sixth starting spot, in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Hoosier Racing Tire #41 beside Jeff Swindell. After the three-wide salute to the fans, it was pedal down time. Pole sitter Tim Crawley jumped out into the early lead followed by Wayne Johnson. Jason moved into the fifth position early on. The racing was fast and furious around the beautiful 3/8 mile semi-banked oval. On lap 13, Jason’s pace was slowed as he rolled to a stop with a flat right rear tire. After making repairs in the work area he tagged the rear of the field and cinched up his Crow Enterprizes safety belts for the remaining 12 laps. He had some work to do. When the green was back out the Ragin’ Cajun unleashed everything he had to work his way back through the field. He was racing hard and stealing positions as his momentum took him forward one position at a time. When race winner Tim Crawley raced under the checkers, Jason had made his way all the way back to a hard earned eleventh place finish.
The team will regroup and prepare for another exciting night of racing action at Lucas Oil Speedway for the finale of the 4th Annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin on Saturday night. Come out and see some great racing action.