NEW EGYPT, NEW JERSEY (May 19, 2015) – The World of Outlaws were wrapping up their first swing through the northeast part of the country as the travelling crew of speed demons invaded New Egypt Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Jersey Outlaw Classic.
There were 25 cars ready to take to the 7/16th, slightly banked D-Shaped oval. Jamie Veal was in the pits preparing to take flight in the Priority Aviation Services/ISC Racers Tape #41 Maxim. After warmups, the Aussie driver was the first car to push off for time trial in the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) entry. His first of two laps was his quickest at 13.868 seconds. When the last car crossed the stripe, his time would be the 22nd quickest overall, which meant he and the team had some work to do to qualify for the feature event.
The evening did not get any easier as the forty one was slated to start on the outside of row four in the first heat race, which is the fastest overall qualifiers as an event. There were only six transfer spots to the A-Main, so Jamie would have to advance forward and pass some good cars in eight laps. He did just that as the green flag waved. He used the high side of the speedway to gain some momentum in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Valvoline entry. He gained a spot when he used the low side to pass Lucas Wolfe in turn one and then set his sights on Brent Marks who was holding down the final transfer spot. Jamie used his Kistler Engine to power his way into position to make the pass. When they entered turn three he entered on the high side and powered off the fourth turn in the sixth position after making the clean pass. When the checkers flew over the field, Jamie put the car in the show with his sixth place finish.
When the feature event lineup was set he would find himself back in row eleven on the outside to start the A-Main. Not deterred, the team worked with their driver to get the car race ready. Pole sitter Daryn Pittman, brought the field to the green and Veal was using the outside line to his advantage. He was making progress, but the field in front of him was getting bottled up coming out of two and slowing his progress. He remained patient and continued his charge forward. A few cautions interrupted the high speed action and on each restart he would move the Waco Metal/Fischer Body Shop machine into position to make another pass. When Pittman led Donny Schatz to the checkered flag, Jamie was able to advance six positions to finish in 16th place. Not the finish the JJR team wanted, but they will continue to dig as they head south to North Carolina for a race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday night to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.