McCOOL JUNCTION, NEBRASKA (August 18, 2015) – There certainly was no rest for the weary following the 55th Annual Knoxville Nationals as Jason and the JJR #41 team were back at the track on Tuesday night for another demanding night on the World of Outlaw (WoO) Sprint Car Series tour. The rain cleared out and the skies were filled with blue as the day went on welcoming the racers to Nebraska. On this night the beautifully prepared Dissolvalloy/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41 Maxim was at Junction Motor Speedway along with 18 other stout 410 competitors for some Tuesday night action.
After hot laps and the opening ceremonies concluded, it was time for Jason to saddle up and buckle into his Crow Enterprizes safety harness for his attempt at his two fastest laps in time trials. Each driver gets two laps with the quicker of those two laps setting that drivers qualifying time for the remainder of the evening. The difference is measured in tenths and hundredths of a second, so everything counts when racing against the stopwatch. The Eunice, Louisiana born racer fired up his Kistler Engine and went out and circled the 3/8 mile, semi-banked oval in 13.912 seconds. His second time around Junction Motor Speedway was very consistent time wise, but a little slower, at 13.916 seconds. When the engines silenced following the conclusion of time trials Jason’s time was 14th quick overall, just .384 seconds off Joey Saldana’s New Track Record (NTR) time of 13.528 seconds.
When the heat race lineups were posted on the pit board, the #41 was listed in heat two on the inside of row four with Billy Alley to his outside. After waiting to start the heats until the sun went down the racers were ready to get up to speed in the heat races. When the green flag waved on heat two, Paul McMahan and Jason Sides brought the field down the front straightaway as the engines came to a roar. Jason was in the cockpit of his Maxim Racing chassis wheeling the KSE Racing Products/MSD Performance machine around Junction Motor Speedway. The pace was rapid, but the running order didn’t change much throughout the heat race with McMahan taking the win and Jason bringing the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) entry home in the seventh position.
Next up were the two 8-lap qualifier races for those that did not transfer in heat races. They are lined up the way they finish in their heat race. Jason would start fifth in the second qualifier race with Donny Schatz, Jason Sides, David Gravel and Austen Wheatley in front of him. When the sprint to the finish was completed, he came home in the sixth position.
The 30-lap A-Main was the final competition for the night. Jason would line up on the outside of row seven in the Priority Aviation Services/Wilwood Disc Brakes #41 Maxim beside Matt Covington. Kerry Madsen and Donny Schatz made up the front row with Joey Saldana and Shane Stewart in row two. When the yellow lights were turned out and replaced by the illuminated green lights the crowd came to its feet as the awesome sights and sounds of these sprint cars filed the mid-western air. The Cajun Sensation went to work in his www.racediecast.com/Winters Performance Products mount and charged into the top ten early holding down the tenth position. He was chasing Austen Wheatley for the ninth position when the caution flew with 11 laps completed for Skylar Gee who rolled to a stop. On the two-by-two restart, the Rocky Mount, Missouri resident moved into ninth and was racing for position with Danny Lasoski only to get passed by Logan Schuchart who was on the move. Jason would hold on for a 12th place finish as Kerry Madsen took home the win ahead of Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz and Paul McMahan with Brad Sweet rounding out the top five. A good solid run for the forty one!