LEBANON, OREGON (September 7, 2016) – On a beautiful night in the Mid-Willamette Valley in the state of Oregon, 19 competitors were registered in the pit area to race at Willamette Speedway. The World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series last visit to Jerry and Jimmy Schram’s 3/10-mile oval was back in 2014. The racers were eager to get started and the fans were just as excited to see the best in the business get after it at their home track.
Jason was the third car to push off for time trials aboard his Priority Aviation Services, LLC/K&N Filters #41. His first lap around this demanding and technical track came in at 11.868 seconds. Knowing there was more work left to do, he stayed on the loud pedal and his Kistler Engines motor produced the power and speed need to improve his second lap around Willamette Speedway. His time the second lap around came in better at 11.804 seconds, which ended the night seventh quick overall.
With the limited car count, the format for the night was two heat races with the top two advancing to the Dash, with the remaining cars relegated to the qualifier race where their finishing position would align the remaining starting spots in the grid. Jason would line up in the staging area with the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Valvoline Maxim for the first heat race. Quick timer, Brad Sweet, would start on the pole with Jason Sides to his outside. Jason would start outside row two with David Gravel to his inside. Each heat race was slated for 10 laps of high speed action. When the green flag waved, the sweet sound of sprint cars filled the Oregon air as Sweet set the pace from the front of the field followed by Sides, the Cajun Sensation and Paul McMahan. McMahan would work his way by Jason to claim the third spot as Sweet took the win over Sides at the finish. Jason came home fourth in heat race action.
The next event on the schedule was the 10-lap Qualifier race where Jason would start from the third position in the field. Paul McMahan and Logan Schuchart paced the field from the front row and when the green lights illuminated it was McMahan in the lead. The ten laps flew by as the action was fast and furious. McMahan would take the win over Shane Stewart, Joey Saldana, and Schuchart with David Gravel coming home fifth. Jason fell back and finished eighth.
With all of the qualifying events in the books, the 19 car field was set for the 30-lap feature event. Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz were in row one with Shane Stewart and Daryn Pittman in row two. Jason was back in row six with Austen Wheatley for the start of the show. The focused Rocky Mount, Missouri resident was determined to drive forward in his Fischer Body Shop/CCC Maxim. When the green flag was unfurled he pounded the gas and was making tracks and not looking back. The laps click by quickly here as the track takes its toll on even the fittest of racers as it is a demanding and the surface is fast. Sweet led the first two laps before Schatz took the lead on the high side of the track the third time around. Jason was hard at work in the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine. He fought his way into the top ten and kept working his way forward. The event ran non-stop in an unbelievable 7 minutes and 3 seconds with Schatz taking the win over Stewart, Sweet, and Pittman with David Gravel rounding out the top five. The Cajun Sensation battled his way all the way up to seventh at the finish to earn the KSE Hard Charger Award for his night of work, his sixth hard charger award of the 2016 season, in the Waco Metal/Jonestown KOA #41. Another strong run for the forty-one team in Oregon!