PUTNAMVILLE, INDIANA (June 8, 2016) – On a gorgeous afternoon in central Indiana, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series made their return to Lincoln Park Speedway for the first time since 1988. Lincoln Park is a fun, but demanding 5/16-mile, high banked oval located in Putnamville, which is between Indianapolis and Terre Haute. There were 30 drivers set to take on the cushion at Lincoln Park.
The track was soggy early, so they had to run a few extra hot lap sessions to bring the track in and make it race ready. When qualifying began, Kyle Larson set the bar high with an early lap of 11.291 seconds. With each winged warrior the cushion began to build up in the turns. When Jason took to the track in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Valvoline #41 Maxim he scooted around the first lap in 12.033 seconds. While the track had slowed down a bit, he stayed on the gas and used his Kistler Engines powerplant to improve his second lap to 11.997 seconds, which at the end of time trials was the 13th quickest lap overall.
After a little over an hour of track preparation, the drivers and teams were summoned to start aligning for their heat races. Jason was scheduled to start fifth in the first and fastest heat race by qualifying times. He would start beside Brad Sweet, the WoO point leader coming into the night, in row three. With the top six to advance to the A-Main it was time to fill the air with the sweet sound of WoO sprint car engines. A formidable front row comprised of Kyle Larson and Donny Schatz brought the field under the green flag with Paul McMahan, Greg Wilson and the Cajun Sensation giving chase. Jason was getting around this cool little joint and when the checkered flag closed out the heat race he came home in the fourth position as he followed Larson, Schatz and McMahan across the finish line. Sweet finished fifth as Kraig Kinser secured the final transfer position.
As the sun was replaced by the crescent shaped moon, it was soon time for the 40-lap feature event. Jason would start the event from the tenth starting position aboard the Pro Powder Coating/Jonestown KOA #41 hot rod. When Donny Schatz and David Gravel brought the field up to speed, Jason got to work inside the cockpit of his Maxim Racing chassis. This track certainly highlights the driver as things happen quickly. Jason was up to the task and moved into the eighth position early and stayed on the loud pedal as he moved up one more spot as the race progressed to the midpoint. Not satisfied, the Eunice, Louisiana born racer kept his elbows up and raced hard into the sixth position before grabbing the fifth spot on a late race restart. When the leaders took the white flag, the flagman quickly replaced it with a red flag when Paul McMahan flipped. When the racing resumed Donny Schatz collected the win, tying Sweet atop the season long point standings, as he crossed under the checkers ahead of Gravel, Daryn Pittman, and Jason Sides with Jason coming across the finish line in fifth place. It was his 10th top five of the 2016 season, which is a 24.39% top five success rate. A great run for the forty one!