STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (March 21, 2015) – As can be expected on any rookie flight, there are a lot of first time experiences. This being Jason and the entire JJR team inaugural year on the road with the Outlaws, they pulled into the pit area for the first time at the Stockton Dirt Track, which is nestled in California’s San Joaquin Valley, to take a shot at the 3/8th mile oval. Tony and Carol Noceti have farmed this area all their lives, but their love of racing and the community brought them to the conclusion that sprint car racing was needed. So in 2013, they carved this racy oval inside a former one mile horse track on the San Joaquin Valley Fairgrounds and sent out an invitation to the big boys to bring their 410 sprint cars to race. The World of Outlaw (WoO) competitors arrived back at Stockton on Saturday night for the first of two nights in the FVP Western Spring Shootout.
After the 39 competitors wowed the fans as they slung the dirt in hot laps, it was time for individual qualifying in time trials. Laying down a good lap in time trials is one of the keys to a good night of racing outcomes. Jason pushed out in the beautifully prepared Priority Aviation Services, LLC/ISC Racers Tape #41 Maxim and made quick work around the oval in 12.896 seconds. Jason’s fast lap was 15th quickest overall, as Donny Schatz set a new track record at 12.566 seconds.
His qualifying time put the Cajun Sensation on the pole for heat race number three aboard the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Waco Metal speed machine. California native, Bud Kaeding, was on the outside of the front row alongside Jason with the always fast duo of Paul McMahan and Rico Abreu making up the second row. When the green flag was displayed, Jason pounded the loud pedal and summoned every ounce of horsepower from his Kistler Engine. He led the field into one and down the backstretch. He would lead all eight laps to bring home the heat race victory over Kaeding, McMahan, Abreu and David Gravel to advance to the Dash.
Starting from the seventh spot, he would roll home with an eighth place finish, which would place him on the outside of row four in the Fischer Body Shop/Crow Enterprizes mount for the 30 lap A-Main event.
The fans were packed in under the covered fairground’s grandstands as the teams prepped their equipment and strategies to insure they put on a good show for all of the avid Cali fans who showed up at the Stockton Dirt Track. The entire JJR Team – Philip, Cole and Ty – worked extremely hard all week to find some more speed in the forty one and they were anxious to see if all their hard work was going to pay off. So far, so good as the results in qualifying set them up for an evening of success. Jason climbed into his ButlerBuilt Professional Seat System and buckled up his Crow Enterprizes safety belts. Paul McMahan and Shane Stewart brought the field screaming down in front of the grandstands with Stewart in the lead. Jason was wheeling his machine at top speed and making progress around Stockton’s racy surface. Early action was interrupted with some yellow flags, but when they were standing on the gas the racing was very exciting. There were terrific battles for position happening throughout the field as each driver was gunning for the next spot. Jason kept his elbows up and was running in the seventh position. A late caution bunched up the field and while race leaders Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart were putting on a heck of a show under the green-white-checkered laps, swapping positions multiple times, Jason was securing an early season best finish coming home in the seventh position. Meanwhile, Schatz took the win over Stewart by one inch. What a track. What a show for the fans.
And, all the hard work paid dividends for Jason and the boys. They will be back at it on Sunday night for night two of the FVP Western Spring Shootout. Come out and catch up with the entire team and our sponsorship partners.