JACKSON, MINNESOTA (June 1, 2017) – The calendar just flipped to June as Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team pulled into the Jackson Motorplex for the first of three nights of high speed action in the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals. The track at Jackson Motorplex is a big and fast half-mile oval that produces speed and high paced action. The activities outside the speedway pre-race were just as bustling as Jason took to the Motor Racing Network’s (MRN’s) radio broadcasting stage to talk on air with the host, Steve Post. Back in the pit area, there were 102 winged sprint cars filling the space including 41 410 sprint cars with the balance being 305 and 360 competitors.
The 410 field of competitors was split for time trial qualifying with Jason designated to go out 20th in the order, which was the last car out in Flight A. The track was fast and David Gravel set the bar high with his lap of 15.490 seconds, so Jason and his right foot were ready aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Inc. Maxim. He took to the track and got his Kistler Engine up to speed turning his first lap in 15.860 seconds. He stayed on the hammer inside the cockpit of his Maxim Racing chassis and improved his time to 15.730 seconds, which moved him up the speed chart to fifth overall in Flight A.
When the heat race lineups were finalized and posted, Jason was assigned to the first and fastest heat race where he would start from the inside of row two with Danny Lasoski to his outside. David Gravel and Donny Schatz sat on the front row and brought the field up to speed with Schatz seizing the top spot early. Lasoski used the outside lane to take the third position just ahead of Jason in the Fischer Body Shop/Vortex Wings #41. Only five drivers would transfer to the feature event from each heat so everyone was on their game. Schatz would go on to take the heat race win over Gravel and Lasoski with Jason coming home fourth ahead of fifth place finisher Paul McMahan.
Making his way into the 25-lap feature on night one of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals, the Ragin’ Cajun was looking to drive forward aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/CCC #41 Maxim entry. He would line up from the thirteenth starting position to take the green flag. Pole sitter, Ian Madsen, would lead lap one and set the pace for the field. Jason was in a scramble for position mid-pack and was working hard to improve his position. A number of red flags halted the racing action as one in the middle stages of the race gave Jason an opportunity to visit the work area so the JJR Marshall Racing team could make some adjustments to the forty-one. Jason rejoined the field before racing went back to green flag conditions as Ian Madsen continued to run at the front of the pack. The Rocky Mount, Missouri resident was persistent in his attempt to gain positions and when Ian Madsen took the checkers on night one at Jackson, Jason fought back to bring home a 13th place finish. Madsen beat his brother, Kerry Madsen to the finish line as Brad Sweet, Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski rounded out the top five.
Jason and the team will be back at it on Friday night for night two of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals trying to improve on their race results and overall point accumulation.