LEBANON, OREGON (September 6, 2017) – Jason and the #41 team headed 200 miles south down the West Coast on Interstate 5 for a mid-week show at Willamette Speedway in Oregon on Wednesday night. There was a full field of 24 cars registered for the event at the 3/10th-mile oval which was filled with moisture early in the night as the fans waited anxiously awaiting the stars of the sport to hit the track.
Jason rolled out tenth for time trials aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Fischer Body Shop #41 Maxim and let the good times fly as he mashed the accelerator and allowed his Kistler Engines power to take him for a ride. It was a fast ride as his first time around was in 11.978 seconds. He would improve on that the next time around turning in a faster lap at 11.830 seconds, which would end up second quick on the night behind only Kraig Kinser in his Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) #11k.
Once again earning a pole position starting spot for his heat race, the Cajun Sensation lined his Priority Aviation Services, LLC/FK Rod Ends Maxim up on the front row beside Jason Sides, with Logan Schuchart and Paul McMahan in row two. When the flagman unfurled the green flag, Jason went to work wheeling his speed machine around Willamette as Sides was in hot pursuit and giving chase. There was no catching the forty-one though as he took the win by 1.188 seconds over Sides as the two talented drivers clinched spots in the Craftsman Club Dash, while McMahan, Schuchart, Jason Solwold and Jacob Allen locked into the final four transfer positions.
Making his 42nd Craftsman Club Dash of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season, Jason climbed into his Composites Fibreworks custom safety seat and buckled into his Crow Enterprizes equipment for the six laps of speed with the finishing order setting the starting order for the first three rows for the feature event. An inversion pill of zero had the Eunice, Louisiana native on the front row in his Waco Metal/Bell Racing #41 with Shane Stewart who sat on the pole. The remainder of the field was comprised of hot shoes like Daryn Pittman, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides and Brad Sweet with everyone gunning for the best finishing position. It was Stewart to the lead when the green lights came on and Jason was in second trying his best to chase down the Bixby, Oklahoma driver. Stewart would capture the victory over Jason as Pittman, Kinser, Sides and Sweet completed the finishing order.
The starting lineup for the 24 car field was set and it was time to go four-wide at Willamette Speedway for the great fans of Oregon! With the World of Outlaws traditional salute to the fans behind them, the drivers now focused on the business at hand – the running of the 30-lap feature event. It was Shane Stewart to the lead out of the gate as Jason was running a close second with Pittman running third. Stewart would lead the first 12 laps of the race before things got interesting when the three drivers starting racing for the lead in dramatic fashion. Pittman would get the lead and hold the spot for the next two laps before getting slowed bit behind a lap car and the Ragin’ Cajun ripped by on the cushion to seize control of the top spot. He was moving and built up a lead before a late yellow flag regrouped the field late in the race. A single file restart was abruptly halted with a red flag for Jac Haudenschild who flipped his #17W in turn three and four but was ok. With three laps to go, racing resumed with Jason flying through the clean air in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Jonestown KOA #41 Maxim. He would lead the remainder of the event to grab his fourth full points event win of the year over Pittman, Sweet and Kinser with Donny Schatz completing the top five.
The Louisiana native climbed out of the car, picked up his son Jaxx who loves victory lane, and the two climbed up on the tail tank to celebrate the win while waving the checkered flag overhead. The smiling driver stated, “That was fun. I thought the track was great. I know it was a little wet early on but come feature time it had two lanes.” Always so appreciative for the crew members/team and everyone that helps them travel up and down the road “Living the Dream” he commented, “These Fischer Body Shop/MVT boys are working hard and doing a great job!” He then concluded with, “Everyone is having a lot of fun!” While winning is certainly fun for everyone, the diligent process of preparation for success before every race combined with paying attention to every detail and hard work that goes into creating those wins are also important rewards that are sometimes overlooked but a cause for celebration too. A wonderful group of people on this team with passion driving great results for the forty-one . . . all while having award winning smiles on their face!