OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA (July 28, 2015) – First experiences are always fun and adventurous for those who explore. For Jason and the JJR team their visit to Canada to race was a first. After the checkered flag flew at Lebanon Valley on Sunday night, the boys headed north and crossed the border into Canada on Monday. They made their way to Ohsweken Speedway on Tuesday night for World of Outlaw competition in the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown along with 29 other cars.
For time trials, Jason rolled out onto the 3/8th mile, semi banked oval for his two qualifying laps in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Arai Helmet #41 Maxim. His first time around the oval stopped the clock at 15.203 seconds. He kept the hammer down and got quicker the second time around at 15.139 seconds, which was 18th quick overall.
He rolled out in the third heat race and pulled into his sixth starting position aboard the Pro Powder Coating (PPC)/MSD Performance Maxim. When the cars got rolling Kraig Kinser seized the lead and showed the way. Jason was holding the sixth and final transfer spot until late in the race when he surrendered it and fell back to eighth where he would finish as Kinser took the win over Logan Schuchart, Mark Smith and Donny Schatz.
Forced to run in the Last Chance Showdown (LCS), the native Louisianan was bound and determined to put the forty one in the show. Philip, Cole and Jason worked together to make the necessary adjustments to get the car out for the 12 lap event. They were only transferring the top six in the LCS to the feature, so everyone would be on the loud pedal from the get go. He lined up on the outside of row one and when the green flag waved, he dropped his right foot and took the lead in the Waco Metal/Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) machine. He held that lead until late in the race when Jared Zimbardi tracked him down to take the lead and the win just ahead of Jason.
Transferring into the 30 lap A-Main, Jason and the team contemplated what to do to get more speed in the car before the feature event. This is a determined bunch of guys who want to be competitive and race up front. They have learned a lot during their first full-time season running with the talent group of drivers that travel with the World of Outlaws. After making their final adjustments and the horn sounded, they pushed the Winters Performance Products/FK Rod Ends hot rod out on the track. His Kistler Engine fired and he rolled into the 18th starting spot with Joey Saldana’s #71M to his inside. Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz made up the front row. The sound of sweet 410 engines filled the crisp and fresh Canadian air. The lights turned green and the noise added to the excitement of sprint car racing as Brad Sweet took the lead. The racing action was fast and exciting with the lead changing frequently. But, another performer who caught the attention of the fans was Jason as he was on the move from his ninth row starting spot. He stalked down each car in front of him and was making passes for better positions in the running order. He moved into the top ten just after the midway point and kept the pressure on. A late race caution was displayed and he was running eighth. When racing resumed he held his position as Stewart Friesen took the win over Donny Schatz. A great run for Jason and the forty one team as he passed ten cars from his 18th starting spot to finish with a very well deserved 8th place finish.