MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (July 24, 2015) – The World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprint Car Series competitors invaded the famed 1/2 mile at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night for the first of two nights of racing in the Summer Nationals. There were 39 cars present in the front and backstretch pit areas and every single one of them had three goals: (1) get a good time trial time lap in; (2) get the car in the show through qualifying action; and, (3) end the night in victory lane. All challenging tasks for the drivers of these speed machines at his unique racing oval.
Jason climbed aboard the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Jonestown KOA #41 Maxim in Qualifying Flight B for his time trial laps. He accelerated down the back straightaway and came around turn four to take the green flag. He ran two very consistent laps, but the quicker of the two came in at 17.339 seconds, which was 12th quick in his group.
Starting from the outside of row three beside Williams Grove regular, Brian Montieth, he paced around in the Waco Metal/Priority Aviation Services, LLC entry readying himself for eight laps of high speed entertainment. When the yellow lights changed to green around the track, Daryn Pittman seized the top spot from the pole position as everyone was dicing for their space behind him. Jason was racing hard with Montieth for the fifth and final qualifying position, but came up just short with a sixth place finish when the checkered flag waved over the field.
Relegated to the second Last Chance Showdown, he rolled his Hoosier Racing Tires and Weld Racing wheels out on to the racing surface. There were only two transfer positions up for grabs and he was poised to start from the third starting spot in the 12 lap event. When the racing got up to speed, Shane Stewart and Brent Marks took the top two spaces on the scoreboard with Jason battling David Gravel and Cory Haas for the third position. The racing was tight and Gravel and Haas got together coming out of two which slowed Jason. The yellow did not come out, so Stewart and Marks puts some distance between themselves and the Ragin’ Cajun who was now solidly in the third position. The Eunice, Louisiana native focused and set his sights on chasing down Marks. Each lap the distance between the two narrowed, but Jason ran out of laps and missed the last transfer spot by six car lengths.
Electing to use a WoO provisional, Jason started from the twenty fifth starting position in a loaded field. Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana led the field from the front row with Saldana leading the first eight laps. Meanwhile, Jason was hard at work making his way forward from further back in the pack aboard the Waco Metal/ISC Racers Tape machine. He had made his way up to the 17th position when a red flag waved for Greg Hodnett who flipped on the exit of turn two after contact with Paul McMahan. When racing resumed, he continued his workmanlike effort and advanced up as high as 14th in the running order. Schatz took the lead on lap 9 and led through the middle stages of the race, but on lap 18 Danny Dietrich tracked him down on the low side of the track and made the pass for the lead coming out of turn four. Dietrich would go on to take the victory ahead of Schatz, Sammy Swindell, McMahan and Saldana with Jason battling hard to come home with a 16th place finish on night one of the Summer Nationals.