WILMOT, WISONSIN (July 29, 2017) – After the conclusion of racing Hartford Speedway in Michigan on Friday night, Philip and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team loaded up the hauler and pointed their Volvo truck in the direction of Wilmot Raceway, which is located on the grounds of the Kenosha State Fair, where they would be racing in the Badger 40 event. There were 29 cars registered at the 3/8th-mile oval ready to get at it in front of a full spectrum of fans.
As luck would have it, the draw pill rolled out of the ping pong bingo cage resulting in the Ragin’ Cajun going out 15th for his two time trial laps. The crew made their final adjustments to their Maxim Racing entry and pushed their competitor up to the line in the staging area to prepare for his individual speed show aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads #41. He got his Kistler Engines power unleashed and turned in a pretty good first lap at 12.896 seconds. Not content he stayed on the loud pedal and wheeled the forty-one around Wilmot looking to shave off some time. He was successful as this time around he stopped in 12.624 seconds. That lap time would withstand the remaining speed demons and end up being second quick for the second night in a row behind Paul McMahan’s quick time of 12.570 seconds.
Earning the right to start from the pole position in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/K&N Filters #41 Maxim he would share the front row with the always fast David Gravel. Logan Schuchart and Scott Thiel would start in row two with Kraig Kinser, Blake Nimee, Carson Macedo, Jordan Goldesberry, Dave Uttech and Clyde Knipp rounding out the field. When the green flag waved, Gravel would use the outside lane to build up speed and take the lead with Jason driving close behind in the runner-up spot. The front of the field was legging it out throughout the ten laps with Gravel getting the win as Jason came home in the second spot while Thiel, Schuchart, Macedo and Kinser locked down the final transfer positions from this heat race.
Making his way into his 35th dash event of the 2017 season, an impressive 64.81% success rate, he awaited the inversion draw where when all was said and done he would start fifth. Only six drivers gained a coveted spot in the Craftsman Club Dash with the other drivers being Paul McMahan, David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart and Bill Balog. A pretty stout list of talented drivers to say the least. Paul McMahan would jump into the lead with third starting Sweet sliding into second on the initial start. That would be the extent of passing that would occur in the Dash as everyone else finished where they started.
Lining up on the inside of row three for the 40-lap feature, Jason added some tearoffs to his Shell Shock custom painted Bell Racing Helmet and climbed into his office where he buckled into his Crow Enterprizes safety restraints. It was time to go racing in The Badger state for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. When the yellow lights dimmed and the green lights illuminated it was Brad Sweet’s NAPA Auto Parts #49 taking the top spot. Meanwhile, Jason had his elbows up and was using his Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel to drive from the seventh position. A caution regrouped the field and on the ensuing restart chaos broke lose shuffling Jason back to the tenth position in the running order. Not deterred, the determined Louisiana native stayed focus and started to race his way forward again. As the laps were clicking down, Shane Stewart took the lead with Gravel close behind in the Muddy #5. Gravel would steal the lead and go onto win his third straight Wilmot race over Stewart, Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild and Donny Schatz, while Jason finished with a hard earned seventh place finish in the Badger 40. A good night and good run for the forty-one in the land of cheese!