CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA (October 29, 2016) – There is a lot of racing that goes on at The Dirt Track at Charlotte over the three days of the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals between the three series that compete. The competition on the track is intense as everyone wants to claim the winner’s trophy. This event is special and attracts fans from everywhere as there is not an empty seat in the house.
With time trial qualifying completed on Thursday night for both nights of competition, Jason went out 46th overall for his Saturday night qualifying runs, twenty first in Group B, in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Waco Metal #41 and was able to record two pretty good laps for such a late pill draw. He motored around The Dirt Track at Charlotte with his Kistler Engines motor the first time in 12.958 seconds. Trying to find a faster line the second time around he scrubbed off some of his speed as he ran a consistent, but slightly slower lap at 13.034 seconds. The faster of his two laps was seventh quick in Group B.
With a few cars sidelined during the previous night, officials consolidated down from the original six heat race format to four heat races on this night. Jason would start from the outside of row two in the third heat race. He paced around from his starting spot in his Valvoline/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Maxim with Logan Schuchart to his inside and Shane Stewart and Joey Saldana in row one and Danny Lasoski and Paige Polyak right behind in row three. With the drop of the green, the engines came to life on these powerful machines and the Ragin’ Cajun and Schuchart were tussling for the show position. The 2016 Knoxville Nationals champion got it, but Schuchart was wheeling his Shark Racing #1s and not giving up as he wanted it. Stewart was the rabbit at the front of the field with Saldana, Johnson, Schuchart and Jason Sides in pursuit. They would finish in that order sending all of them directly to the finale at Charlotte.
When the dust settled and the lineups were finalized and posted for the 30-lap Bad Boy Buggies World Final feature event, the Rocky Mount, Missouri resident would find himself sitting on the outside of the fifth row, in the tenth starting spot, to start the A-Main. The JJR crew made some final changes, adjusting stagger and bolting on the tires as the horn sounded to call the competitors to the staging area. The Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/BMRS #41 rolled onto the track in front of the capacity crowd. All roads led to Charlotte as this was the final stop on the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series 2016 schedule. David Gravel and Ian Madsen were on row one with Greg Hodnett and Shane Stewart in row two. Gravel jumped into the lead at the start as Jason got shuffled back to the 13th position as the dust began to fly. An early caution regrouped the field and on the restart the Eunice, Louisiana born driver got back to work in his office. At the midway point of the race another caution flag flew finding the Ragin’ Cajun running in the 11th position. Gravel just surrendered the lead to Donny Schatz before the caution flew, so the #15 would lead the field back to green flag racing. Jason again got shuffled back a few spots and when Schatz took the win ahead of Gravel, Hodnett, Saldana and Schuchart, Jason crossed the line with a 13th place finish. While not the run they were looking for on this night, the team worked hard and stayed focused throughout the course of the season collecting four WoO wins – including the 2016 Knoxville Nationals and a win at the World Finals, 19 Top 5’s, 46 Top 10’s and 4 quick times in WoO competition along the way to end a great season that exemplified that hard work, focus and dedication pays off.