MESQUITE, TEXAS (April 15, 2017) – Perfection is almost impossible to replicate and repeat, but that was the challenge at hand for Jason Johnson and the JJR Marshall Racing team after turning in an absolutely perfect night that resulted in a victory on night one of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Jason along with 25 other talented racers, including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Christopher Bell, returned for night two to honor former track owner and sprint car visionary and aficionado Lanny Edwards who passed away in the latter part of 2016.
After hot laps and the opening ceremonies were completed it was time to get the racing started with each driver trying to conquer the track and the stopwatch during their two time trial qualifying laps. Usually being the first car out has its advantages, but not always especially if the track is heavy in the early stages of the night. But the team pulled the lowest pill which put the Waco Metal/FK Shocks #41 Maxim out on the track first to make his journey around this famous half-mile oval. He stabbed the accelerator and wheeled his Maxim Racing machine up to speed. He knows his way around this fast oval and stopped the clock at 14.123 seconds on lap one. Not satisfied, the Cajun Sensation kept digging looking for move speed and a faster line. He found it and turned in a quicker lap at 13.937 seconds. After the engines silenced, Jason Sides would collect the quick time with a lap of 13.706 seconds with Jason’s fastest lap coming in 16th quick.
When the time trial times for each driver were assigned to a heat race, Jason would be scheduled to start sixth in the first and fastest heat race with the top six finishers moving onto the feature finale. Jason Sides and Danny Lasoski would pace the field from the front row with Kraig Kinser and Greg Wilson following closely behind. Jason shared row three with Joey Saldana as Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Danny Wood rounded out the starting order. When the green flag waved, Lasoski took command of the top spot as Jason raced his way into the fifth position in his Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/CCC #41 speed machine. He now had his sights set on the fourth position that was currently being occupied by Kinser. The Rocky Mount, Missouri resident stayed focused inside the cockpit of the forty-one and made his way to the rear nerf bar of the #11k before making the pass for position. Now running in the fourth spot he kept his Hoosier Racing Tires digging through the Devil’s Bowl clay surface trying to track down polesitter Jason Sides who was running third. He ran out of laps as Lasoski took the win over Wilson with Sides, Johnson, Kinser and Saldana finalizing all the remaining transfer positions.
With the feature field now set and it was time to give the packed house the entertainment they were looking for at Devil’s Bowl Speedway – The Texas Outlaw Nationals finale. Twenty four (24) cars; Thirty (30) laps; and, one (1) big check awaiting the winner. David Gravel sat on the pole with Sheldon Haudenschild to his outside. Jason was back in row five aboard the Priority Aviation Service, LLC/Valvoline #41 on the outside with Jacob Allen’s #1a to his inside. Gravel would take the lead at the start as Jason charged into ninth at the drop of the green flag. He kept working and moved up one more position on lap three. Running in eighth he was on the move and on lap five he moved the forty-one into the seventh position. He stayed there, swapping the spot a few times at the line, but at the midway point of the race he moved into the sixth spot in the running order. Gravel was still leading, but the leaders were encroaching on lap traffic. Brad Sweet was right there and on lap 25 took the lead and went on to take the victory of Gravel, Danny Lasoski, Christopher Bell and Sheldon Haudenschild with Jason bring the Fischer Body Shop/Kenny’s Components #41 Maxim home with a hard earned sixth place finish to cap off the return to Texas. Another great run for the forty-one in the Lonestar state!