TULARE, CALIFORNIA (March 14, 2015) – This 1/3-mile oval in central California is a racy place that is very unforgiving. Add in 44 competitive sprint car drivers and teams and you are in for a good show. You certainly cannot be off on your setup or anything, not even a little, or you will be exposed either by the track or the competition. On Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway, Jason had the Waco Metal/Winters Performance Products #41 back at the track ready to apply the lessons learned from night one hoping for better results and outcomes.
The first order of business after hot laps was to turn two good qualifying laps to position himself well in the heat race lineups to lock down one of the five coveted transfer spots to the feature event. Slated to hit the track 27th for time trials, the Cajun had a little time to assess what some of the guys were doing who went out early. He climbed into his ButlerBuilt Professional Seat System and tightened down his Crow Enterprizes safety belts as he prepped to fire his Kistler Engine. He rolled into order in the staging area and was pushed off. The engine fired and he pounded the right pedal to get up to speed. His first circuit he turned in 13.267 seconds, while the second circuit was a little slower at 13.380 seconds. Improving on the night before, his quickest laps was 23rd quick overall.
In the third heat race, Jason pulled his Maxim Racing #41 to the outside of row three beside Cory Eliason’s #00JR machine. Cali native, DJ Netto, powered the field down the front stretch from the pole position and led the field through turns one and two. Jason powered his Fischer’s Body Shop/Schoenfeld Headers machine into the fifth spot at the start and was looking for more. Kerry Madsen was directly in front of him, but when the checkered cloth waved after the last lap it was Netto, Terry McCarl, Taylor Malsem, Madsen and Jason who locked into the Saturday night feature event from this qualifying event.
Constantly looking to learn and improve, the Louisiana born star that now resides in Rocky Mount, Missouri, was watching and working with Crew Chief Philip Dietz to make the car better for the 35 lap A-Main. After the feature field was set following the conclusion of the B-Main, there was a bit of a break while the other classes finished up. It was not too long though that the fans heard Johnny Gibson begin reading the starting lineup over the public address system. It was go time! Jason climbed into the cockpit of his Maxim chassis as his son Jaxx settled into his seat in the packed grandstands to cheer for his Daddy in the orange, yellow and black Priority Aviation Services, LLC World of Outlaw sprint car. It was an all native Californian front row as Rico Abreu and Brad Sweet paced the field. Jason was on the inside of row twelve to start the feature. When the green lights illuminated, the field filled the air with the sound of roaring 410 engines as they powered their way around the racing surface which had a huge cushion near the fence. The action was fast and furious . . . and, at times treacherous. On lap ten, the red flag came out as a bunch of competitors were collected in a mid-pack wreck that Jason was caught up in along with Brian Brown, Tim Kaeding, Carson Macedo, Trey Starks and Cory Eliason. In the work area, the crew looked over the car for any damage, made some minor repairs and the Cajun Sensation pushed back out to rejoin the field. Tagging the rear of the field again, he had some more work to do, but 25 laps to do it in. He tightened his belts and when racing resumed he got his elbows up and went back to work. When the final lap was scored, his hard work paid off as he climbed all the way back up to earn a 16th place finish behind race winner Rico Abreu.
Jason and the JJR team continue to have a positive attitude as they learn each and every time they hit the track. As they finish the chapter in the book related to Thunderbowl Raceway, they will take the lessons learned onto the Stockton Dirt Track where they will get back at it with the World of Outlaws and California sprint car stars in the FVP Western Spring Shootout next weekend.