TULARE, CALIFORNIA (March 18, 2017) – After not having any Irish luck on St. Patty’s Day, Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing team were back at the track ready to apply the lessons they learned on Friday night against the best in the business. When the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series treks to the West Coast it is never easy as there is a formidable group of local competitors who are on top of their game. There were once again 36 cars in the pit area and everyone wanted a shot at ending up holding the winner’s trophy and check.
The good fortunes for Jason and the team started to change early with a good pill draw sending him out on to the track fifth for his two qualifying laps around Thunderbowl Raceway at Tulare. The Ragin’ Cajun was hammer down on the first lap aboard the Pro Powder Coating/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim ending the lap in 13.512 seconds. He stayed on the gas and delivered another consistent, but slightly slower, lap coming in at 13.596 seconds. When the last car took the checkers on their lap, Jason’s time was fifth quick overall on the night.
Settled in on the outside of row one beside always fast Shane Stewart, Jason was looking to secure one of the two Craftsman Club Dash transfer positions to the top finishers. When the yellow lights dimmed and the green lights illuminated, the Ragin’ Cajun accelerated and drove hard into turn one in the Fischer Body Shop/CCC #41 to seize the lead on lap one. He was setting a torrid pace around this fast 1/3-mile oval as Stewart and Joey Saldana gave chase. Jason would go on to collect his second heat race win of the season to put himself in the Dash event. The Louisiana-born native crossed the line ahead of Stewart, Saldana and Jason Solwold with Brent Marks securing the fifth and final transfer position to the A-Main.
The Craftsman Club Dash is ever-so-important as it sets the top eight starting spots for the feature event in World of Outlaw competition. Starting from outside of row three, Jason had the forty-one poised for competition. When the green flag waved these talented chauffeurs were off to the races. Jason got shuffled back and ran in the seventh position where he would finish as Shane Stewart earned the Dash win over Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu and DJ Netto with Sheldon Haudenschild coming home eighth.
The lineup was set for the 35-lap feature event at Thunderbowl Raceway. The grandstands were filled with eager fans ready to see the best go at it on their home track. It was race day in sunny California. The Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Jonestown KOA #41 rolled into his starting spot and readied himself inside the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine. He pulled down one last time on his Crow Enterprizes safety harness and pulled one last tearoff from his shield to insure a clear view for the start of the feature. It was chaos when the green flag waved as car at speed were everywhere. Jason shuffled back to ninth place early, but a number of early cautions regrouped the field. He would patiently work his way back to his starting position as heat built up in his Hoosier Racing Tires. Early race leader, Daryn Pittman, led the first 32 laps before surrendering it to Donny Schatz who would go on to collect the victory over Pittman, Sweet and Sheldon Haudenschild with Rico Abreu rounding out the top five. Jason finished seventh just behind Shane Stewart. The JJR Marshall Racing team’s perseverance shined through on this night ending with another strong top ten run at Thunderbowl Raceway.