CHICO, CALIFORNIA (September 8, 2017) – After their win at Willamette Speedway on Wednesday night, Jason and the #41 team pointed their hauler south and headed to the Golden State for the 64th Annual running of the Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway. The pit area was filled with 40 powerful teams to have the opportunity to race around the demanding quarter mile oval.
The qualifying field was split into two groups, Flight A and Flight B, with Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team scheduled to be the tenth car if the first group. The Rocky Mount, Missouri resident rolled out onto track and took the green for his first lap around Silver Dollar Speedway. Something was amiss and when he stopped the clock it was slightly off the pace at 11.845 seconds. He was able to improve his time to 11.722 seconds, but that was only good enough for 15th quick in Flight A in the Pro Powder Coating (PPC)/Schoenfeld Headers #41 Maxim.
Mired back in row four of the first and fastest heat race in the eighth starting spot with Brad Sweet on his inside, Jason was hoping for a forward run in the ISC Racers Tape/Shell Shock Maxim to lock into one of the five transfer positions. Shane Stewart and Paul McMahan set the pace from the front row setting a torrid pace around the California oval. McMahan would take the heat race win after 10 laps over Stewart, Bud Kaeding, Mason Moore and Jason Sides. Jason would finish in 9th place and head to the Last Chance Showdown (LCS).
This was no ordinary Last Chance Showdown (LCS) with names like Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Jason Johnson, Logan Schuchart, Willie Croft, Carson Macedo, Brent Marks, Greg Wilson and Andy Forsberg just to name a few. Promoters around the country would love to have those guys in their A-Main event. There were only four transfer positions remaining in the feature field and a lot of powerful speed chauffeurs gunning for them with 12 laps between them and securing one of these spots. The green flag flew and Jason went to work with what he had on this night in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Hoosier Racing Tires #41. Unfortunately, with four laps in his mechanical issues that hindered him throughout the night caught up to him as he rolled to a stop on the front straightaway ending his night.
Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing team will be back at it, focused and ready, on Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway for the finale of the 64th Annual Gold Cup event.