WEST MEMPHIS, ARKANSAS (April 20, 2018) – Eager to get back up to speed aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/K&N Filters #41 Maxim, Jason and the boys trucked down to West Memphis to make some rounds at what is affectionately referred to as “The Ditch”, Riverside International Speedway. There was a blend of locals and a few invaders to race against the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regular as 32 teams registered for the night of competition at the 1/4-mile bullring located just off Legion Road that is owned by Clayton and Sherry Allen.
Jason would have to exercise some patience as he would be the 30th car out for his two time trial laps. When Derek Hagar completed his circuits, Jason’s Kistler Engine came to life and the red MVT #41 was on the clock. He would pound the loud pedal and cruise around completing the first lap in 12.360 seconds. Staying on the hammer he carried his speed and momentum through the turns and when he crossed the timing stripe on the second lap the clock read 12.220 seconds, which ended up 11 quick overall for the night.
Perched on the inside of row two to start the third heat race, the Louisiana-born racer was ready to go as his Crow Enterprizes safety belts were tight and had his nestled down into his Fibreworks Composites custom fitted racing seat. When the green flag waved, polesitter Rico Abreu seized the top spot with fellow front row starter Jacob Allen sliding into second. Jason wheeled the Greber Racing Components/Fuel Safe Systems #41 into the show position and was trying to track down the leader. With Allen’s rear nerf bar in sight the laps expired as Abreu took the win over Allen, Johnson and Carson Short with Memphis native Howard Moore charging forward to capture the fifth and final transfer position.
The Ragin’ Cajun locked into the 40-lap feature event where he would start from the 11th starting position in his Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Auto Meter Maxim. The grandstands at Riverside were absolutely packed with sprint car fans ready to see these racers do what they do best – race fast and slide them through the corners. It would be outside front row starter, Daryn Pittman, who would lead the first seven laps before Sheldon Haudenschild roared around the top to lead at the stripe on the eighth circuit. Pittman was relentless and took the lead back on lap nine as Jason was maneuvering inside the cockpit racing just inside the top ten. He was able to work his way as far forward as eighth on lap 13, but cautions throughout the night would change the running order quite a bit. With track conditions dictating that the bottom lane was the preferred line, the tradition double file restarts certainly put the drivers on the outside of the row at a distinct disadvantage. Recognizing this difference, World of Outlaw and track officials made the decision that all restarts would be single file from that point forward. After Sheldon Haudenschild got on his side in turn one to bring out the red flag, an open red was called for the crews of each team to re-fuel and make some minor adjustments for their driver. When racing resumed, Pittman held the point position as Jason bucked the trend and tried out the high line to see if he could pick up some positions versus just following everyone else around the bottom. He eventually gravitated back to the low line as the laps dwindled and when Pittman raced under the checkers ahead of Brad Sweet, Paul McMahan, Rico Abreu and David Gravel, Jason came home in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/MAXIM Racing #41 with a solid ninth place finish on this night at Riverside International Speedway.
Cruisin’ Louisiana Style Around “The Ditch” Ends With Another Top Ten Finish for the JJR #41 Team!
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