BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN (June 25, 2016) – The driver who hails from Eunice, Louisiana has been fast the last few nights and was looking to carry that speed into Beaver Dam Raceway for the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial event. There were 28 sprint cars ready to race for the honor of being the 2016 winner at this 1/3-mile racing oval.
You can get around this place quick. Beaver Dam Raceway is a fun and demanding track that requires both the car from a setup perspective and the driver from a focus perspective to be at the top of their game. Plus you always can use a little luck. It all starts with the individual portion of the show – time trials. Jason and the JJR team have been fast lately and on this night it would be no different. The Cajun Sensation went out in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/MSD Performance #41 Maxim and turned in a really quick lap at 11.947 seconds. Staying on the hammer he rolled through the tight turns and darted down the straightaways. The clocked stopped at 12.053 seconds on the last lap. Jason’s first lap would be second quick overall behind Joey Saldana’s quick time lap at 11.895 seconds.
He continued his display of speed in the second heat race where he started from the pole beside Kerry Madsen. When the green flag waved, the Ragin’ Cajun took off and set the pace from the front of the pack. He was leading and they were chasing. He was methodical and fast in the front aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Valvoline/Maxim Racing entry. Jason Sides was running in the runner-up spot as he passed Madsen in the early part of the race. But no one could catch the Cajun as he took the heat race victory ahead of Sides, Madsen and Paul Nienhiser as Donny Schatz and Mike Reinke secured the final two transfer positions to the feature from this heat race.
Earning his way into the Dash for the second night in a row, his 17th Dash of the 2016 season – a 34.69% Dash qualifying success rate, he was ready to race for his starting spot in the feature event. He was on the outside of the front row before the inversion pill was drawn. While he was hoping for a ‘0’ pill to be drawn a ‘6’ pill was pulled, meaning he would start the Dash from the 5th position with Joey Saldana to his outside. When the six lap event got up to speed, Daryn Pittman powered his way to the front from his third starting position and led Bill Balog throughout the event. Pittman would take the win ahead of Balog, David Gravel, and Saldana with Jason coming home fifth ahead of Jason Sides.
The 40-lap, Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial event was up next. Jason pushed the Waco Metal/Winters Performance Products #41 off and lined up on the inside of row three for the start of the race. When racing went green, Pittman took the lead the first two times around Beaver Dam as Jason held his position. Bill Balog would take command of the lead on lap three and sprint out to a big lead. Jason was running solidly in the sixth position as the front runners approached and navigated through lapped traffic. Balog held the point position and just after the midway point of the race Brad Sweet hooked the curb and got sideway forcing Jason to hit the brakes to avoid contact. He did avoid Sweet but Paul McMahan got into him in the back as he slowed causing irreparable damage sending Jason back to his hauler early. A great night of speed and results early were negated just like that as he was scored with an 18th place finish. Balog would go on to take the win over Pittman, Schatz, Saldana and Gravel. Jason and the team will keep digging as the month of June ends and they kick off July.