CALISTOGA, CALIFORNIA (September 16, 2017) – As the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series looked to wrap up the final race of the West Coast swing for this season, Jason and the JJR Marshall Racing #41 team were one of 28 teams registered for the finale of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at the beautiful Calistoga Speedway on Saturday night aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/K&N Filters Maxim.
The forty-one would be the 13th car out onto the track for their entry’s time trials laps and the Ragin’ Cajun wasted little time showing off his Kistler Engines/Engler Machine & Tool/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Inc. power as he mashed the accelerator. He had his Vortex Wing slicing through the air helping him get the downforce needed to maximize his speed on each of his two laps. His second lap would be the quicker of the two, and it was a good one at 12.059 seconds, which put him near the top of the leader board charting the speeds. When the final racer took the checkers on their individual performance, the Louisiana-born racer was second quick, just .002 seconds off the fast timer of the night, Brad Sweet, top lap of 12.057 seconds. A great start of the night for the team.
Jason kept truckin’ in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Weld Racing #41 Maxim in his heat race where he would start on the pole for the 8-lap qualifying race. When the green flag waved he jumped on the loud pedal and drove into the lead where he was making tracks and not looking back. The Wild Child, Jac Haudenschild, was giving it everything he had to try to track the leader down from the runner-up position, but it was Jason darting under the waving black and white cloth first as Haudenschild crossed in the second spot, 1.837 seconds behind, to claim the other Craftsman Club Dash spot. The remaining qualifiers from the second heat race were Dominic Scelzi, Kyle Hirst, Greg Wilson and DJ Netto.
In the pre-Dash inversion Jason was sitting in the second spot, but when the ‘4’ pill was pulled he would start his 44th Craftsman Club Dash event of the season from the third starting position. The 6-lap dash would set the 30-lap feature event’s starting order for the first three rows. Outside front row starter, Shane Stewart, would flex his muscles and make is presence known as he dominated the event to earn the victory over Brad Sweet, Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman and Jac Haudenschild with Jason coming home in sixth place.
The qualifying events were now all completed and it was time to race for the cash in the finale of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at the amazing Calistoga Speedway. Jason climbed into his Fibreworks Composites custom seat and strapped into his Crow Enterprizes safety belts. It was elbows up time in California! When the yellow lights dimmed and the green ones illuminated, the sweet sound of 410 engines filled the air. Brad Sweet was your leader as Jason drove the Fischer Body Shop/CCC #41 Maxim into the fourth position on the third lap. He was in the mix the whole time as the leaders approached lapped traffic. Sweet got held up a bit and second running Donny Schatz looked to the low side to try to make a pass as the Ragin’ Cajun went to the high side of Schatz to enter the tussle. Schatz would get by Sweet for the lead on lap 24, as Jason would continue to battle and secured the runner up position on laps 26 and 27 before an open red stopped the action with 3 laps to go. It was certainly an entertaining and competitive battle at the front of the pack between these talented racers. The teams refueled their entries for the final three laps and made some minor adjustments in an attempt to more build speed for their drivers when they got back to racing. Schatz would drive into the lead on the restart as Daryn Pittman slid underneath Jason and Brad Sweet for the runner-up position. Schatz would go on to collect the win over Pittman and Sweet with Jason coming home fourth ahead of David Gravel who rounded out the top five.
A great run for the forty-one to conclude the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown and a very successful West Coast swing. The team excelled on the West Coast with strong runs highlighted by their win at Willamette Speedway and five other top five finishes in the nine races that started at BMP Speedway in Billings, Montana and ended at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, California.