RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA (August 25, 2017) – Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing team started to head further west this week with a stop in beautiful Rapid City, South Dakota which is steeped in Native American history. In the shadow of Mount Rushmore, the etched former Presidents watched as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series stars populated Black Hills Speedway’s pit area. There were 25 entries on the night for the Rushmore Outlaw Showdown at the big, 5/8th-mile oval.
It doesn’t take these speedsters long to get around this big track, but Jason and the forty-one team would be afforded the opportunity to be patient as they were the second to the last car out for their two individual qualifying laps. He was secured in the cockpit of his Maxim Racing entry and when it was his turn his Kistler Engines power came to life and he headed for the green flag. The clock was started and the 2016 Knoxville Nationals champion was focused and flying in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/KSE Racing Products #41. When he crossed the timing line the stopwatch read 15.206 seconds. His second lap was a good one too, but slightly slower, at 15.255 seconds. The quickest of the Ragin’ Cajun’s two laps was 9 quick overall on the night.
The Louisiana-born racer would start on the inside of row two beside Paul McMahan in the third heat race. Daryn Pittman and Sheldon Haudenschild would be in row one, as Dominic Scelzi, Logan Schuchart, Ned Powers and Mike Sires rounded out the starting order. Pittman would seize the lead when they took the green as Jason used his MPI steering wheel to drive into the runner-up position. The determined driver of the Waco Metal/K&N Filters #41 Maxim was not content and was closing the gap on the leader. He was right there and on lap five waited no more as he took the lead from Pittman. The Ragin’ Cajun would go lead the last three laps to take the heat race victory over Sheldon Haudenschild as those two drivers locked themselves into the Craftsman Club Dash. Daryn Pittman came home in the show position as McMahan, Schuchart and Scelzi secured the final four transfer positions to the A-Main.
The Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Jonestown KOA #41 was third in the pre-dash inversion. The four pill was pulled putting Jason and the team on the outside of row one for the 6-lap Craftsman Club Dash. Pole sitter, Brad Sweet, would take the lead under green light racing conditions as Jason settled into the third position behind Sweet and Shane Stewart. Sweet would go on to take the win over Stewart and Johnson as Donny Schatz, David Gravel and Sheldon Haudenschild completed the finishing order.
The third starting spot was held for the Eunice, Louisiana driver of the Fischer Body Shop/CCC #41 in the 25-lap Rushmore Outlaw Showdown feature. The eight-minute horn sounded and the crew finished up their work as they pushed their driver and car to the staging area and onto the racing surface. It was race time in the Black Hills region of South Dakota! After the traditional four-wide salute to the packed house for the SLS Promotion event, Jason and 23 other competitors took their starting spots they earned throughout the night and got ready to get up to speed. Brad Sweet would lead them to the green with Shane Stewart in tow and Jason running close behind. Jason was running strong in the fourth position when he slowed to a stop with 19 laps to go with a flat right rear tire. The JJR Marshall Racing crew would change the tire in the work area and get him back out where the Ragin’ Cajun tagged the rear of the field. Sweet would lead the first seven laps before Stewart made a daring and successful slide job to take the lead. Jason was relentlessly working the wheel as he picked up positions on the track and drove forward as the lap clicked away. The determined drive forward netted him a 15th place finish on the night as Stewart took the win over Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, and Donny Schatz with Daryn Pittman rounding out the top five.
A strong, but slightly deflated, run for the forty-one team that impacted their overall finish, but they will be back at it on Saturday night at BMP Speedway in Montana for the Big Sky Brawl at Billings on Saturday night with the same fight and determination they bring to the track each and every night!