HANFORD, CALIFORNIA (March 31, 2017) – On a beautiful and picturesque day in Hanford, California, 32 team lined the pit area at Keller Auto Speedway which is located on Kings Fairground. Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team were looking for a good night at this challenging oval against a strong field of competitive cars and drivers. The fans were packing into the covered grandstands and bustling out and about around the merchandise trailers grabbing their favorite driver’s t-shirts, hats and other goodies. The crews were making final preparations to their driver’s hot rods to test them out in warmups and hot lap. It was race day in California!
As is normal and customary, time trials for the drivers was the first competitive line on the evening’s agenda. Jason climbed into his custom fitted Fibreworks Composites seat and snapped his Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel into place. The Rocky Mount, Missouri resident would be the sixteenth car to hit the track and his first lap around this 4/10-mile oval was a good one coming in at 13.187 seconds. He stayed at speed the second time around with the lap coming in slightly slower at 13.382 seconds. The quicker of his two laps earned him the 6th fastest time overall on the night.
His strong qualifying effort earned him a front row stating spot in the second heat beside Shane Stewart in the Larson Marks Racing #2. Jason lined the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/FK Shocks #41 up on the outside and when the green flag waved followed Stewart into the first turn. Stewart was fast as Jason was giving chase. When the checkered flag flew over the 8-lap event, Stewart breezed to the win over Johnson as the remainder of the field followed with Paul McMahan, Carson Macedo and Brian Brown securing the final transfer positions.
Appearing in his eleventh Dash event in 2017, which is an 84.62% success rate, he would start from the third position as an inversion pill of eight was drawn before the race. An all-Australian front row of James McFadden and Ian Madsen paced the field from the front row as Jason shared row two with Parker Price-Miller with Rico Abreu and Joey Saldana right behind and Shane Stewart and Brad Sweet rounding out the starting grid. McFadden would jump into the early lead of the six-lap event and go on to take the Craftsman Club Dash victory over Madsen with Jason coming home in the show position. Rounding out the finishing order were Saldana, Stewart, Abreu, and Sweet with Parker Price-Miller coming home eighth.
Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing crew made some final changes to the Fischer Body Shop/K&N Filters #41 Maxim before the start of the 35-lap feature event. It was show time in Hanford, California! The field was set and when the green flag waved the sweet sound of 410 engines filled the air. Ian Madsen took the point position as Jason was running securely in the top five. Some early race stoppages kept regrouping the field where starting position was critical on each of the restarts. Madsen continued to lead until Californian Cory Eliason in his #00 passed Madsen to lead lap 19 only to spin to lose the lead on lap 21. The cushion was building around the track, but the race was not being kind to many of the drivers who started up front as some of them encountered issues on the track that sent them pit side or to the work area. Jason maintained a spot in the top ten running order through the first two-thirds of the race as some of the hard chargers from the back of the pack had made their way to the front. Logan Schuchart was one of those drivers and took the lead on lap 34 from Ian Madsen to take the $10,000 win over Madsen, Donny Schatz and David Gravel with James McFadden rounding out the top five. Jason endured and brought home a respectable 13th place finish for the JJR Marshall Racing team aboard their Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Valvoline Maxim.