ROSSBURG, OHIO (May 9, 2015) – Rain was falling throughout the afternoon, but the precipitation stopped and the Eldora Speedway track crew went to work to get the racing surface ready for night two of World of Outlaw (WoO) and USAC sprint car action. The Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia speed pilot, Jamie Veal, was eager to apply the lessons he learned on Friday night in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Fischer Body Shop #41 to see if he could improve his results in the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) entry. On this night, there were 34 winged sprint cars in the pit area ready to get their cars up to speed on the big half mile.
Veal was the eleventh car to push out of the pits to take his two time trial laps. He powered up his Kistler Engine and rode the cushion on lap one with a time of 13.287 seconds. He kept his foot planted in the accelerator and turned a very smooth second lap with a quicker time of 13.136 seconds, which was an average speed of 137.028 mph. His hard work paid off as his time held up when qualifying was completed and was 10th quick overall.
When the heat race lineups were posted, there was a lot of talented names in heat two with “The Real Deal”. Names like Daryn Pittman, Christopher Bell, Brad Sweet, Craig Dollansky and Logan Schuchart to name a few. Jamie pulled the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Momentum Racing Suspensions #41 to the outside of row one with Bell to his inside on the pole. When the yellow lights were replaced by the illuminated green lights, Veal powered up to speed and took off on the outside. Using the cushion he would sail around turns one and two and lead the field down the backstretch. Bell was in hot pursuit, but Veal was up to the task and held onto the lead for the entire eight laps to take the heat race victory and lock in to the Dash and A-Main.
Next up was the Dash. There was an inversion pill of six pulled in the draw, which put Donny Schatz on the pole and Jamie Veal in the second spot on the outside of the front row. When the green flag waved, Schatz and Veal powered down the front straightaway with Schatz going into turn one low with Veal riding the cushion. The two were side-by-side going down the backstretch as Schatz drifted just in front of the forty one in turn three. Veal stayed on his bumper early and followed Schatz across the finish line in the runner-up position when the checkered flag waved with Dale Blaney crossing the stripe third.
For the 30-lap World of Outlaw’s main event, Veal was on the front row in the Waco Metal/MSD Performance #41 Maxim with Donny Schatz on the pole. After the four-wide salute to the fans, the Aussie gunned it and wheeled his mount into his second starting position poised for solid night of racing action. The caution lights were turned out. The green flag was waving and Veal followed Schatz on lap one across the line. He held the runner-up spot as Gary Taylor was in hot pursuit. The two raced side-by side before Taylor slid up to take Jamie’s racing line away to relegate him to the third spot.
A caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Shane Stewart and Joey Saldana snuck underneath Veal as he stayed on the gas and kept the forty one moving forward around the historic half mile. Veal had his elbows up but unfortunately was not able to hold off some of the fierce competition. A late caution gave him one last chance to improve his position. He restarted from the ninth spot and when Schatz took the win, Jamie brought the Jonestown KOA/Valvoline/Winters Performance Products #41 home in the ninth position. A very respectable top ten run for Jamie and the JJR team at Eldora Speedway.