SARVER, PENNSYLVANIA (July 19, 2016) – Night in and night out these World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series competitors face the best everyone has to throw at them on their home tracks. It would be no different on Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway as 48 cars were entered and lining the pit area. It was an absolutely beautiful summer evening just north of Pittsburgh. In addition to the always tough World of Outlaws, there was a nice mix of competitors with some teams from the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), Lernerville regulars, and a few of the PA Posse. It was race day at Lernerville Speedway for the 25th Anniversary of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup!
The grandstands were absolutely packed again on this night for an opportunity to see their heroes of speed race around Lernerville Speedway’s 4/10-mile, high banked oval. There were enough cars to split into two separate flights for time trials. In Flight B, Jason would be the first car out in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Schoenfeld Headers #41 for his two qualifying laps. His first one was a good one at 13.490 seconds. Determined to do a little better his Hoosier Racing Tires kept rolling and digging through the clay as he sped through the turns and down the straightaways. His second lap was quicker at 13.420 seconds, which ended up being 5th quick in Flight B, and an impressive 9th quick overall on the night out of the 48 cars who qualified.
His good time trial effort would put him on the inside of row two in the third heat race with Joey Saldana’s #83 to his outside. Front row starters, David Gravel and Daryn Pittman would bring the field to the green flag as the cars in the outside row freight trained ahead of the inside row. Jason got shuffled back as far as sixth and got up on the wheel as he and Ian Madsen were entangled in a fierce battle for the final transfer position. Jason diamond off the corner in turns one and two and dove under Madsen to secure the fifth position. He kept his Waco Metal/Jonestown KOA #41 Maxim in that position as he held off the hard charging Madsen over the last two laps. Gravel secured the victory ahead of Pittman, Saldana and Kraig Kinser as Jason came home in the fifth and final transfer position.
After the dust settled following the Last Chance Showdown (LCS), the 24 cars that qualified and the 2 provisional starters were summoned to the track for the 40-lap Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup feature. The double horn sounded and the push trucks lined up behind each of the competitors as the engines fired. Jason would start from the 18th starting position in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Valvoline entry based off of his heat race finish. He shared that row with Chad Kemenah and had a lot of work to do on a hard, slicked off surface. David Gravel and Dale Blaney were in row one with Kerry Madsen and Donny Schatz in row two. After the pre-race festivities were completed it was time to go racing. Gravel led early as Jason was finding his way through the clouds of dust further back in the pack. On lap 4, Kerry Madsen brought of the first of many cautions on the night when he spun in turn two. Jason was running 21st at the time. When racing resumed, Jason used the high side to gain some positions, but green flag racing was again interrupted when Jac Haudenschild went over the banking in turns one and two on lap 8. Jason had picked up three positions and was now running 18th. The green flag waved again and the dust began to fly as these 410 sprint cars were going full throttle around this oval. Another yellow was displayed on lap 11 when both Bryan Clauson and Kerry Madsen spun in the first two turns at the east end of the track. Jason was now running in the 12th position and beginning to see the front of the pack. They went green again and the Ragin’ Cajun was using the high side as everyone else was bunched up on the bottom of the track. They finally were getting some laps in at speed as the small little cushion that had built up was quickly eroding in the turns. The cushion was important for Jason as he could lean up against it to get the car to turn and keep his speed up. When the small lip disappeared, so did Jason as he got up over the banking at the apex of turns one and two and re-entered on the backstretch. He blended in the field again, but relinquished all of the positions he had gained and was now running at the back of the pack. He continued to work hard and gain a few positions back before Gravel took the win over Schatz, Blaney and Kraig Kinser with Saldana rounding out the top five. Jason was officially recorded with a 23rd place finish on this night at Lernerville Speedway.