BARBERVILLE, FLORIDA (February 13, 2016) – The competitive world of sprint car racing is a tough sport for even the best. After a tough night on Friday night, Jason and the JJR team were back and ready to roll in the Fischer Body Shop #41 Maxim Racing machine against the formidable competition with the Craftsman World of Outlaw series. On this night, there were 30 entries in the field and everyone wanted to prove their worth.
Jason, a native of Eunice, Louisiana, was eager to turn his fortunes around from the previous night, but when the pill rolled out for his alignment in the time trial order it was the highest pill meaning he would go out last for his individual performance. No worries, he buckled in and set his sights on laying down the best two laps he could at the time. He circled the fast half mile oval the first time around in 13.591 seconds. Hoping to carry his speed on la two, he stayed on the hammer but stopped the clock a little later at 13.637 seconds, which was good enough for 20th overall.
When the heat race lineups were posted, he found the Waco Metal/RACEDIECAST.COM #41 in the second of three 8-lap heat races where he would start from the inside of row four. They were only advancing six to the A-Main, so he needed to make up some ground to secure one of those spots. The car and driver wasted little time getting on the gas when the green flag waved. Brad Sweet jumped into the early lead over Donny Schatz as Jason was maneuvering for position a little further back. He was focused and stalked Lucas Wolfe for the sixth and final transfer spot and made the pass. He finished in the sixth position to advance to the feature event as Sweet tool the win over Schatz, Joey Saldana, Logan Schuchart, and Dave Blaney.
For the 30-lap feature event, Jason would start from the inside of row eight from the seventeenth starting position with Kerry Madsen to the outside. The Priority Aviation Services, LLC/FK Shocks Maxim was fast on the restarts and when the green waved Chad Kemenah led the field into turn one with Jason moving into the top 15 after the first lap. The racing action here is fast and furious and the drivers are busy inside the cockpit of these speed missiles. Kemenah relinquished the lead to Brad Sweet as Jason moved his way closer to a top ten spot. After a few cautions, he found himself perched right outside the top ten but on a restart he made his move and used his Kistler Engine to generate the power needed to make some passes. On lap 21, Schatz passed Sweet for the lead as Jason found himself running as high as the eighth position. When the black and white checkered cloth flew over the field, Jason earned a solid 12th place finish on this night.
Jason and the team will close out their visit to Florida on Sunday night in the fifth and final night of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. While they will be looking to continually improve on their results, they sure would love to see you at the track.