PLYMOUTH, INDIANA (April 29, 2017) – When you travel with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series every night is a challenging one as you are racing against the best racers in the business. Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing team headed north to Plymouth, Indiana on Friday night to kick off a two-race weekend in The Hoosier State competing in the race to honor Hoosier Racing Tires founder Bob Newton.
With precipitation all around the area on the radar, except fortunately at Plymouth Speedway where they were racing, the 29 cars registered to race on this night prepared for their two laps around Plymouth’s 3/8 mile oval in time trials. Jason climbed aboard his Maxim Racing machine and buckled into his Crow Enterprizes safety harness while pulling on the chin strap of his Shell Shock painted Bell Racing helmet. Jason had to wait patiently as he was the last driver scheduled to take to the track and when he did he hammered the loud pedal to get his Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Valvoline #41 in forward motion. He laid down two consistent laps with the faster of the two coming in at 11.478 seconds, which was 15th quick overall.
The heat race lineups were posted and arranged based on qualifying times and the #41 would be spotted in the third heat race where the Rocky Mount, Missouri resident would start from the inside of row three with Logan Schuchart to his outside. Paul McMahan would be on the pole with Donny Schatz flanking him on the right side. Paul Nienhiser and Shane Stewart were in row two as Daryn Pittman and Danny Smith paced behind from row four. Eight laps around this racy oval goes fast and when the green flag waved Jason settled into the sixth position when they competed the first lap. He kept digging each and every lap and when the checkered flag flew he finished in that position as Schatz took the win over Stewart, McMahan and Pittman with Schuchart rounding out the top five. Jason’s sixth place finish secured the final transfer position to advance the Fischer Body Shop/Kenny’s Components #41 to the a-Main event.
The qualifying events were completed and the only thing left for the teams that made their way into the 35-lap feature was to race in the money race. There were 24 cars side-by-side on Plymouth Speedway’s surface with Jason aligned in his 18th starting spot aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS) Maxim. After their traditional four-wide salute to the fans, the green flag was waving in the air as polesitter Jason Sides led the field. On the first lap, the red flag flew silencing the engines as the Ragin’ Cajun tumbled between turns three and four stopping the action. They rolled the car to the work area were the JJR Marshall Racing crew went to work making repairs in attempt to get him back out onto the track. They were successful as he tagged the rear of the field prepared to get back to work inside the cockpit. Racing went green again and the action was fast and furious. Jason was able to move forward throughout the event as Sides, Schatz and eventually David Gravel traded turns leading the race. Gravel would go on to take the win over Sides, Aaron Reutzel and Schatz with Brad Sweet rounding out the top five. Jason was scored with an 18th place finish on the night. A tough night, but one the team will use to learn and get better from as the continue on with the competitive season.