CALISTOGA, CALIFORNIA (April 11, 2015) – Three days after being sidelined with injuries suffered in an accident at Placerville Speedway, Jason Johnson, along with his dedicated and supportive sponsorship partners, had the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Fischer Auto Body #41 Maxim back at the track. Since Jason will be sidelined for 12 weeks while his back mends, he put on his owners hat and secured the services of two-time World of Outlaw (WoO) champion, Jason Meyers, to run the JJR entry for the remaining four races on this West Coast swing.
After some late nights in the Walmart parking lot getting the equipment ready for their new but experienced hot shoe, a native of Clovis, California, Philip and the JJR team were in the pit area at the picturesque Calistoga Speedway along with 34 other teams ready for night one of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown. Meyers pushed out of the pits for time trials as his Kistler Engine fired in the Waco Metal/Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution machine. He sped around the half-mile oval in 16.379 seconds, which was 17th quick overall.
Just missing out on an inversion spot that would have put him on the pole, the driver and team had to settle for a fifth starting spot in the fastest overall heat of the night . . . heat one. Meyers pulled the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS) Maxim to the inside of row three for the 8-lap event. The racing action was fast on this early evening surface and when the final lap was completed and the checkered flag waved, Meyers brought home a seventh place finish.
Forced to run the Last Chance Showdown, Meyers climbed back into the cockpit and was ready to get to work starting from the outside of row one. Cody Darrah, substituting for the injured Daryn Pittman in the KKR #9 entry, was on the pole and took the lead when the green flag waved. Meyers was close behind in the JJR entry. The two front runners would lead the way the entire twelve laps followed across the finish line by Bud Kaeding and David Gravel to advance to the feature event on night one of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.
With 25 laps of work to do in the A-Main, Meyers and the JJR crew worked together to make the forty one faster and get the car more comfortable for the driver. Meyers would line up in the 17th starting position in the Jonestown KOA/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41. Front row starters, Joey Saldana and Rico Abreu, brought the crowd to their feet as they screamed down the front straightaway 410 style. Meyers let the field settle in and was working hard inside his Maxim Racing machine. Abreu would lead early before surrendering the lead to Joey Saldana. Meyers kept working in the #41 trying to make his way forward. Brad Sweet would take the lead and the win in the KKR #49 Razor-Back Tools cars, while Meyers brought the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) entry home with a sixteenth place finish. After the race, the owner, who definitely did not enjoy watching the race as much as he does driving in the race, commented, “Not a bad result on our first night together after such quick notice.” He continued, “Tomorrow is a new day and the JJR team will get back to work and work hard to make our driver more comfortable.” From Jason Meyers’ perspective he commented, “I had a positive first night in the Jason Johnson Racing entry. We made a lot of progress and we are looking forward to tomorrow night.”
Jason and the JJR #41 team will return to Calistoga Speedway on Sunday night for the second and final night of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.