JACKSONVILLE, ILLINOIS (May 4, 2016) – From one short track in Little Rock to another in Jacksonville, Jason and the JJR #41 team were in the pit area at Jacksonville Speedway on Wednesday night along with 45 other competitive drivers and teams preparing to do battle on the small little quarter mile bullring in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Maxim Racing #41. With a total of 46 cars in the pits it was the largest field of the year so far for World of Outlaw (WoO) competition.
It was a full field in the pit area with the grandstands brimming with excitement to see The Greatest Show on Dirt. There would be two qualifying flights for time trials with 23 cars in each set. Jason was slated to go out ninth in the second set aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BMRS Maxim. It sure doesn’t take long to twist these 410 sprint cars around this semi-banked oval and in his first attempt he stopped the clock at 11.008 seconds. His second lap wasn’t as fast at 11.243 seconds, but he was seventh quick in his flight and twelfth quick overall on the night.
The heat race lineups were scribed on the whiteboard with the always impressive looking Fischer Body Shop/Pro Powder Coating #41 competitor written in to start on the outside of row two in the third heat race beside Bret Tripplett. It was an all Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) front row with Daryn Pittman on the pole and Brad Sweet in the second starting spot. When the green flag was displayed, Jason jumped on the loud pedal and got his Hoosier Racing Tires spinning as he vaulted into the third spot in the running order behind Sweet and Pittman. The top three racers were on the move and completed the 10 laps in no time with Sweet taking the victory over Pittman, Johnson and Tripplett with Paul Nienhiser securing the final transfer position to the A-Main.
When all of the qualifying was completed for the night it was time for the 40 lap World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature at Jacksonville Speedway. The JJR crew was finalizing their last minute preparations as Jason climbed aboard his Priority Aviation entry. He would pull to the outside of row five beside Dusty Zomer. Joey Saldana and Aaron Reutzel brought the field to the green with Saldana leading the way. Jason was maneuvering from the cockpit as there was a log jam in the area he was racing. The bottom was the fast way around for some, but for other drivers they were looking for grip and searching for the fastest line around higher on the track in order to make passes. An early caution regrouped the field and then a red for a flipping Spencer Bayston halted the field. When racing resumed, Reutzel, Saldana and Shane Stewart were making it interesting up front as Jason continued to race mid-pack. With 11 laps to go, the forty one spun bringing out the yellow and putting the MSD Performance/FK Shocks #41 Maxim to the rear of the field. On the restart, Saldana would lead the field to the checkers as he took the win over Stewart, Sweet and Schatz with Reutzel rounding out the top five. Jason brought home a 16th place finish for the JJR team as they turn their attention ahead to the double at Eldora Speedway this weekend as they race at the fast, high-banked half mile on both Friday and Saturday night.