CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA (May 22, 2015) – The high speed flight itinerary continued for Jamie Veal and the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) team as they landed in Concord, North Carolina with the Priority Aviation Services/Valvoline #41 Maxim for the Circle K/NOS Energy Drink Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. There were 22 sprint cars in the pits ready to take to the high banks of the 4/10 mile oval.
The push truck bumped the rear nerf bar on Veal’s JJR Maxim as he was the sixth car out for time trials in the beautifully presented Waco Metal/Kenny’s Components speed machine. He ran two consistent laps, but the quicker of the two laps was 14.500 seconds which was ninth quick overall when all was said and done during the individual performance portion of the show.
When the heat race lineups were posted, the Australian racing star from Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia was rolling around on the outside of the front row in the third heat race. Pole Sitter Dave Blaney shared the front row with Veal as fellow Australian Kerry Madsen and six-time World of Outlaw champion Donny Schatz made up row two. When the green flag waved and the engines came to life, Dave Blaney led the first lap with Veal right behind. Jamie would steal the lead away from Blaney only to be tracked down with one to go by Schatz who took the heat race win with Jamie coming home in the runner-up spot in the Fischer Body Shop/K&N Filters #41.
For the 30-lap feature event, the Jason and Bobbi Johnson owned entry would be on the inside of row six in the eleventh starting position. Jamie climbed into his ButlerBuilt Professional Seat System and flipped down the shield on his Shell Shock custom painted helmet. It was race time! Donny Schatz and Kraig Kinser paced the field as fireworks exploded around the track. The fans were ready and so were the drivers. When the green flag waved, the air in Concord, North Carolina was filled with the fabulous sound of 900 horse powered sprint car engines. Kinser would lead early as Jamie was in the tenth spot. Just before the midway point of the race, Jamie and Kory Crabtree got together and spun in the turn bringing out the yellow caution flag. Veal tagged the rear of the field and when the green lights came back on got to work inside the cockpit of his Maxim Chassis. Up front, Schatz made the pass for the lead and the racing behind him was fast and furious. Veal was on the move and when the black and white checkered cloth flew over race winner Donny Schatz, his eleventh of the 2015 season, Veal fought back to a respectable 14th place finish.
Jamie and the JJR team will now head to Lawrenceburg, Indiana to celebrate Memorial Day at the high banked, Lawrenceburg Speedway on Monday night. Happy Memorial Day to everyone and a sincere thank you to all our veterans and service men and women who fight, and have fought, for our freedom! This day honors you and we appreciate you all at Jason Johnson Racing!