LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (March 10, 2017) – This famous city is one where gamblers share stories of their winnings and riches, with very few every talking about being dealt a bad hand that results in losses. It Las Vegas and as the saying goes “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 crew were looking to continue their early season success on the second night of racing action in the FVP Outlaw Showdown at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Speedway under the lights of the glimmering desert city. There were 41 cars ready to roll the dice hoping their numbers came up putting them in victory lane at the end of the night.
The field was split into two flights for time trial qualifying. Jason would be in flight B and would be the 15th car pushed out aboard his Fischer Body Shop/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim Racing entry. The track was smooth, but a tad slower than Thursday night for all the competitors. The Louisianan who pilots this #41 Maxim rocket likes to go fast and did just that the first go ‘round circling the half mile speed plant in 14.792 seconds. He stayed on the loud pedal and crossed the timing light the second time around in 14.892 seconds. His first lap was the quicker of the two putting him eighth quick in his flight.
For the 8-lap heat race, the Cajun Sensation would line up on the outside of row two with Donny Schatz to his inside and Kraig Kinser and Jason Sides on the front row. The green lights to signify racing at top speed illuminated and the field was off. Jason was playing his cards as he settled into the fourth position in the running order as Kinser, Schatz and Sides were just ahead. Schatz would pass Kinser late to collect the win as Jason came home fourth locking himself and the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/FK Rod Ends entry into the 30-lap feature event.
When the staging horns sounded for the feature, Philip, Jeff and Jakob made some last-minute tweaks to the car as Jason buckled into his Crow Enterprises belts and snapped his Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel into place. He was ready to go. Starting from the sixteenth starting position as he shared row eight with Paul McMahan the field split into their traditional four-wide salute to the fans World of Outlaws style. They then regrouped into their two-by-two formation and the green flag dropped. Logan Schuchart seized the early lead as Jason was struggling with the handling of the forty-one from his cockpit. Jason dropped back in the running order early before hitting the wall resulting in a bent front axle that ended his night. Schatz would go on to collect his fifth win of the season as Jason was scored with a 23rd place finish. A tough night of racing for the team, but one they will rebound from as Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing team head to California for racing action next weekend tied for second with Brad Sweet in the season long point standings.