SALINA, OKLAHOMA (May 1, 2015) – The JJR team, with Jamie Veal in the cockpit of the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Waco Metal #41 Maxim, was ready to get back up to speed at Salina Highbanks Speedway. There were 27 cars on hand vying for one of the 24 starting spots in the A-Main field.
The chauffeur from Warrnambool, Australia pushed out second in time trials and circle the speedway in 13.478 seconds. After the final car took the checkers, Veal’s time was 21st overall, which meant the driver and team had some work to do to secure one of the feature field positions.
Philip and the crew went to work and prepared the Valvoline/www.racediecast.com machine for heat race action. Jamie climbed aboard the Priority Aviation Services Maxim and buckled up his belts as he prepared for the third heat race where he would start from the seventh spot beside Kyle Hirst. There were six transfer positions available and nine cars in the heat race. Oklahoma native, Daryn Pittman, and Joey Saldana would bring the field up to speed as Veal went to work aboard his beautifully prepared forty one. He had his elbows up and was making some passes. When the checkered flag flew, Veal secured the fifth spot in the finishing order to advance to the feature event.
The A-Main was originally scheduled to be 30 laps, but deteriorating track conditions forced track officials to reduce it to a 25 lap event. The “Real Deal” had some more work to do as he was set to start the feature from the outside of row ten with a reduced number of laps to make progress in the Pro Powder Coating (PPC)/Wilwood Disc Brakes Maxim. Brad Sweet and Aaron Reutzel paced the field into turn one with Reutzel taking the lead for the first five laps. Meanwhile, Jamie was on the hammer hard making forward progress on a very tricky, rubber down surface. He was rolling around the 3/8 mile, high banked oval on his Hoosier Racing Tires. The racing surface was abusing the tires with each passing lap, but Jamie stayed on the gas and was in the top fifteen just after the halfway point of the race. He was gingerly racing forward and when Shane Stewart raced under the checkered flag for the win, Veal brought the JJR #41 entry home with a very respectable 12th place finish on the night.
After the race, the team packed up their equipment and made the 370 mile trek to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for the second of three nights of WoO racing action on Saturday night.