Sides Makes Strong Recovery at Mini Gold Cup
March 17, 2008
By: Stevie Kinser
Jason Sides has been on a roll in the early stages of the 2009 World of Outlaws race season, and after struggling throughout Friday night of the Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway, Saturday was a crucial race that would show the strength of Jason’s team this year. Jason made a strong recovery on the frustrations of the prior night and was able to finish in sixth. Sides was pleased that they were able to turn the week-end around, and still feels confident in stronger future results for the team.
Sides spent last year as a prisoner of one-lap qualifying, and has done his best to move past it coming into this season. Sides pulled a late number for qualifying on Friday, and felt that he was on the better side of the draw. Unfortunately, he made a mistake on his qualifying lap and ended up 33rd quick. Jason struggled to regain his momentum and was unable to capitalize on a transfer spot during his heat race. Sides looked great during the B-Main, but ran out of laps, finishing one spot out of the final transfer position. Sides took a provisional to start the night’s A-Feature, and continuously worked his way up through the field until he made contact with another competitor and stopped on the track, bringing out the caution on lap 20. Sides went to the work area to repair damage to the front wing of his #7s Wetherington Tractor Services Maxim, but did not make it back out before the race went back green. Jason was credited with 20th, but did his best to let it go and focus on the next night.
“Some nights are going to be like that,” said Sides. “Some nights just aren’t going to go well and you just have to go on to the next race and try and improve on that. I believe we should always have two laps to qualify, but we don’t and I’m going to have to live with that.”
Jason knew he had to make things work on Saturday. He rebounded back in qualifying setting third quick time. Jason started the A-Feature in seventh. The track laid rubber and although there was little passing, Sides was able to finish sixth. It would have been nice to have a track that allowed for more passing. Jason would have liked to have seen where he would have been able to get up to, but the most important thing was that he was able to put Friday’s night show behind him and focus on having a strong night on Saturday.
“Overall, to come back with a top ten from a night like Friday is a really good thing,” said Sides. “After a night like that [Friday], it’s easy to let the next night get away too. When you race as many nights as we do, you’re going to have bad nights, but being able to rebound from those nights is what makes the difference out here.”
With his bout of bad luck hopefully behind him for awhile, Jason plans to keep his strong momentum going as long as he can, especially through the rest of the California swing and on to the last ever World of Outlaws race at Manzanita Raceway. Jason will race next Friday and Saturday in Tulare, CA, before concluding the month at Manzanita, in Phoenix, AZ, on March 28. Manzanita Speedway has sold and will be closing after the Outlaws visit and all drivers there will want to claim that win, and Sides is certainly no different.
Check Jason’s upcoming results from both Thunderbowl Raceway and Manzanita Speedway at www.sidesmotorsports.com.
Sides Motorsports would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Wetherington Tractor Services, Inc.
Arctic Cat Motorsports
Dancer Logistics, Inc.
Don Ott Racing Engines
Four Seasons Radiators
Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil
Maxim Racing Chassis
VRP Racing Shocks
WRT Web Designs