OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA (July 25, 2017) – An awesome crowd filled the grandstands to welcome the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competitors to Ohsweken Speedway’s 3/8th-mile oval for the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown. A good car count was on hand with 38 powerful 410 sprint cars registered in the pit area. The traditional native ‘Smoke Dancers’ performed as they always do to start the evening off as they always do at Ohsweken Speedway special events to honor the Six Native American cultures.
The qualifying field was split into two flights with 19 cars in each set. Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team, aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Valvoline Maxim would be the eleventh car out in Flight B. The track’s surface was dry and slick from the bottom to the top so getting the traction needed for speed was not going to be easy. Jason entered the oval and turned his first lap in 15.662 seconds. Needing more speed and a better lap he pulled out all the stops but when he crossed under the checkers the stopwatch read 15.977 seconds. The quicker of the Ragin’ Cajun’s two laps was only good enough for 18th quick in Flight B.
Relegated to the back of the fourth heat race on a surface that was getting more demanding each and every lap, which set the stage for an uphill challenge for the forty-one team. Starting ninth in the field in his Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Schoenfeld Headers #41, Jason pulled up to the back of the field. Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel made up row one with Donny Schatz and Greg Wilson right behind in row two. Sandwich in between the first two rows and Jason were Dylan Westbrook, Jacob Allen, Paul Colagiovanni and Ryan Turner. The track surfaced challenged everyone, but Greg Wilson was thriving as he took the lead and the heat race win over Schatz, Gravel, Westbrook and Haudenschild. Jason managed to gain one position over the eight laps but finished in the eighth position.
Starting near the back of the 12-lap Last Chance Showdown (LCS) in the 16th starting spot, Jason and the team had a long way to go to secure one of the four transfer positions. Never ones to give up, the team worked hard to make as many changes as they could in attempt to give the driver the best car to make progress. When the green flag waved he went to working inside the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine and throughout the race was as high as thirteenth before finishing in 14th place. Kraig Kinser were earn the LCS victory over Jared Zimbardi and Steve Lyons with Jacob Allen coming home in the final transfer position.
A tough night, but the team will be refocused and head to Hartford Speedway on Friday night eager to improve and perform at their best in the race billed as the Battle of Michigan.