BRANDON, SOUTH DAKOTA (July 3, 2016) – After getting checked out at the hospital following Saturday night’s accident, the tough Cajun-born driver was determined to bounce back aboard his Priority Aviation Services, LLC/WELD Racing #41 Maxim. The pit area was again packed with a formidable group of 410 sprint car competitors and the grandstands were brimming full with race fans. It was race day at Badlands Motor Speedway.
With 41 cars, the competitors would be split into two separate flights for time trials. Jason was the 26th car out overall, but the 6th in Flight B, and he showed his speed in his forty-one. He flew around Badlands Motor Speedway’s 3/8-mile high banks the first time around turning in a lap of 11.020 seconds. Staying on the throttle he railed around the cushion and ran a consistent, but just slightly faster lap the second time around, stopping the clock at 11.019 seconds. His time was quickest in Flight B and fourth quick overall on the night.
His quick time in the second flight of qualifying earned him the pole position in the third heat race where he would share the front row with Paul Nienhiser. Paul McMahan and Jason Sides were right behind in row two. When the flagman unfurled the green flag, Jason dropped his right foot and his Kistler Engines power came to life. An early caution regrouped the field, but there was no doubt the driver of the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Waco Metal Maxim was focused and fast. With an unimpeded view on the restart, Jason got up top speed and was cruising at the front of the pack in the clean air. When the checkered flag fell after 10 laps, Jason took the heat race victory over Nienhiser, McMahan, and Sides with Shane Stewart capturing the fifth and final transfer position.
Making his 19th Dash event in 2016, a 36.54% success rate, the Pre-Dash inversion had him sitting on the outside of the front row beside Rico Abreu. When the inversion draw revealed a ‘4’ it put the Ragin’ Cajun on the inside of row two for the start of the 8-lap Dash. Joey Saldana and Dusty Zomer would bring the field to the green and Jason would settle into the third spot in the running order. There was not a lot of passing throughout the event which was won by Saldana as he was followed across the line by Zomer as Jason came home in the show position with Abreu and Donny Schatz completing the top five as David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, and Nienhiser rounded out the field.
The field was set and it was now time to put on a show for the fans in attendance. Jason climbed into his Fibreworks Composites custom fitted seat and buckled up his red Crow Enterprizes safety belts. Some final words from crew chief, Philip Dietz, and the shield went down on his Shell Shock custom painted BELL Racing Helmet. The officials called for the field to move into their four-wide salute to the fans as Jason had a front row view. What an awesome sight and gesture to thank the fans in the stands who spend their hard earned money to see these drivers and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series’ The Greatest Show on Dirt. When the racing action got up to speed, Joey Saldana was showing the way in the Roth Motorsports #83 as Jason was racing from the fifth position. Saldana would lead the first 26 rounds before surrendering the lead to fifth starting Donny Schatz. Jason was struggling to maintain and race for positions as he bumped out of the top ten. A late race caution found him running in the twelfth position and when the checkered flags flew over Schatz who took the win, Jason toughed it out and brought his entry home with a 14th place finish.
Jason and the JJR team continue to build and show their speed in the Fischer Body Shop/www.racediecast.com Maxim Racing machine, but the results have not been reflective of the speed they have been generating. Jason, Philip, Jeff and Jakob will continue to work hard and soon those proverbial stars will align their results with their dedication, hard work and speed.
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