TULARE, CALIFORNIA (March 17, 2017) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continued their trek to the West Coast as 36 teams were registered to race on the first of two nights of action at Thunderbowl Raceway, commonly referred to solely as Tulare by the racers. Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team rolled their Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Crow Enterprizes Maxim out of the trailer ready to take on this demanding, lightning fast 1/3-mile clay oval.
When Ian Madsen completed his two qualifying laps, Jason fired his Kistler Engine as he rolled out 14th for his time trial laps. He stopped the clock at 13.075 seconds the first time around and stayed on the loud pedal as he wheeled the Valvoline/Engler Machine & Tool #41 through the turns. His second lap was quicker at 13.030 seconds, but when all the engines quieted the quicker of his two laps was 22nd quick overall.
Lined up in the second heat race, the Rocky Mount, Missouri resident was starting sixth with five transfer spots up for grabs. California natives Brad Sweet and Tim Kaeding made up row one and would set the early place as David Gravel, Kyle Hirst, Terry McCarl and Jason gave chase. The laps click off the scoreboard quick here, so there is no time to lollygag. One mistake and you are behind the proverbial eight ball. Sweet would go on to take the heat race win as Gravel came home second followed by Kaeding, Hirst and McCarl with Jason just missing out on a transfer position in the Fischer Body Shop/FK Rod Ends #41.
Racing in his first Last Chance Showdown (LCS) of the season, the Cajun Sensation would start third in the 12-lap chase to the checkers to secure the final four transfer spots into Friday night’s feature event. When the green flag dropped, the California air was filled with the sound of sprint cars but only temporarily as the red flag was thrown for a three car incident. Jason was involved and upside down, along with Parker Price-Miller as Cory Eliason was also involved. The JJR Marshall Racing team were busy in the work area and got the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/K&N Filters #41 back out onto the track where he would race his way all the way back to a 10th place finish.
Forced to use his first provisional of the season for the 35-lap feature, Jason would start 25th on the grid. Polesitter Shane Stewart grabbed the lead at the green as led early as Jason was maneuvering through the traffic and dirty air aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Pro Powder Coating Maxim. He took advantage of every opportunity to pass, while staying out of trouble. Stewart would maintain the point position until late in the race when David Gravel would make the winning pass with three laps to go. After a tough night of racing for Jason and the team, they showed their perseverance and came home with an 18th place finish. They will be back at it on Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway looking to improve on their results.