BARBERVILLE, FLORIDA (February 12, 2016) – Jason and the JJR team have found some early season speed in their Priority Aviation/Mesilla Valley Transportation #41 Maxim. With a quick time already in the books, the Ragin’ Cajun and the team were back at Volusia Speedway Park to open the Craftsman World of Outlaw season against some of the best in the business. With 32 total sprint cars in the pit area off turns one and two, there would be no time to lollygag around on this night at the super quick half-mile oval.
The Rocky Mount, Missouri resident climbed into the cockpit of his Maxim Racing chassis and buckled into his Crow Enterprizes safety harness. He rolled over into the time trial line and with a tap of the rear near bar his Kistler Engine came to life with a roar. He brought all of the horses under the hood up to speed and took the green. His first lap was a good one at 13.242 seconds, but the last one was even better at 13.231 seconds. When the last qualifier stopped the clock, the quicker of Jason’s times was good enough for 4th quick overall.
Situated on the pole for the fourth heat race, the team made their final tweaks to the car and the beautifully prepared Fischer Body Shop/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41 rolled out into its spot on the front row for the 8-lap sprint to the checkers. When the green flag waved, Jason dropped his right foot and sped into the lead setting a torrid pace with Lucas Wolfe giving chase. He was making tracks and not looking back as he had found some speed before mechanical issues forced him off the pace as he coasted to a stop in turn two. Engine issues would send him to the pit area giving him a recorded 6th place finish.
After changing the engine, Philip and the boys had the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Weld Racing entry ready to go for the 12-lap Last Chance Showdown (LCS). After flipping the shield down on his Shell Shock custom painted Bell Helmet, the Louisiana-born native focused on the job at hand. When the green lights illuminated around the track he pedaled down with his right foot and took off. Paul McMahan was running in second, but it was the forty one that was in clean air. He was showing the way around Volusia’s half-mile when he encountered troubles again. This time a steering arm broke sending them pit side for the night as they were unable to continue.
After a tough night that slowed their fast start, Jason and the JJR team will regroup and prepare for the second night of Craftsman World of Outlaw competition for the 2016 season on Saturday night. It is a long season and Patience, perseverance and resiliency are three required character traits you need to endure this rugged schedule. Be sure to come out and catch up with the JJR team and their sponsorship partners at Volusia Speedway Park.