LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (March 9, 2017) – The JJR Marshall Racing #41 boys were back at the track, this time at The Dirt Track at as Vegas Motor Speedway for the popular two night FVP Outlaw Showdown. The pit area was loaded with talent as 42 teams were present and ready to race for the gold. Philip, Jeff and Jakob rolled the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Maxim out of the trailer and were ready to compete. They work tirelessly not only to make the forty-one fast, but also make sure it looks good every time they arrive at the track.
The Ragin’ Cajun readied himself for his two individual laps around the big half mile due north of the Las Vegas strip’s lights. He pushed out fourth for his qualifying effort and with the wind sailing over his Vortex Wing he laid down a good first lap as the stopwatch read 13.914 seconds. He kept the hammer down and his Kistler Engine powered him forward as he cruised down the backstretch and into turn three. He looked fast, and was fast, as his second lap was quicker at 13.875 seconds. It was early, but the Louisiana hot shoe was at the top of the scoring pylon with 38 more guys who were going to try to bump him down. All of them attempted but were unsuccessful as Jason collected his first quick time of the 2017 season in the Fischer Body Shop/K&N Filters #41.
Securing the pole position on the first heat race, Jason paced the field with Donny Schatz to his outside. Kraig Kinser and Aaron Reutzel would follow close behind, with Californian’s Rico Abreu and Carson Macedo making up row three. With the field set, the green flag was waved and Jason set sail in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Valvoline #41 Maxim. He was making his way around as the track surface started to breakdown a bit. Schatz was giving chase, but when the black and white cloth flew overhead is was Johnson coming home first followed by Schatz, Kinser, Reutzel and Macedo securing the five transfer positions.
Making his fifth consecutive Craftsman Club Dash in 2017, a 100% success rate, Jason climbed into the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine and buckled up his Shell Shock custom painted Bell Racing helmet for the six-lap speed race. After the inversion pill of four was pulled, it put the quick timer on the outside of row two to start the dash. Every position counts in this event as your finishing position dictates your starting spot in the feature event. Shane Stewart would drive to the win over Brian Brown, Ian Madsen and Donny Schatz, with Jason coming home fifth and Joey Saldana, Logan Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild round out the finishing order.
The top four rows were set for the 25-lap feature event. Jason rolled out onto the track and made his way to the inside of row three to start the event in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/K&N Filters #41 Maxim. The track surface was a bit rough by feature time, but these dare devils were ready to roll to put on a great show for the fans. Shane Stewart jumped out into the early lead and set the pace for the first six laps before contacting Mark Dobmeier’s #13 heading into turn one and relinquishing the top spot. Jason was fast and was sitting pretty in the top five. Brian Brown inherited the lead and when the green flag waved he led a lap before Donny Schatz roared by. Jason was maneuvering for the show position with Ian Madsen. The racing was fast and furious and at times tight on the track. The Ragin’ Cajun was fast on the bottom and made the pass on Madsen as he held the third position. With the laps winding down it was Schatz followed by Brown and Johnson as the yellow flag was displayed with one to go. It would be a green-white-checkered restart. When racing got back up to speed, Schatz took the lead but as the crossed under the white flag Brian Brown stormed to the front. Jason was right there in the mix, but Rico Abreu charged from his 21st starting spot to steal the third position from the Louisiana driver on the last restart as Schatz dove low under Brown to beat him to the finish line by a nose. Abreu would come home third with Jason collecting the fourth position and Logan Schuchart rounding out the top five on the first night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at the The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Another great run by the driver and team of the JJR Marshall Racing forty-one!