Bartlett, TN (June 3, 2008)- It was another trying week-end for Jason Sides when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Series visited the Buckeye State to race Friday night at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH, and the following evening at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. Sides’ battle with qualifying and motor trouble continued through the week-end forcing Jason to take a provisional to start the A-Feature on each night. The #7s Wetherington Tractor Service, Don Ott, Maxim finished 20th on Friday and 14th on Saturday.
One look through the pits on Friday and Jason knew that it would be a tough show. Sides had wished to avoid single-lap qualifying, but a car count of 40 or more warrants single-lap qualifying and there were 46 cars that had registered for the night. During his qualifying lap, Jason was coming off turn two and continued sliding high across the track. He exited the racing surface down the backstretch. Jason’s off-track excursion cost him considerably. His official lap time was 13.115 seconds, a 28th-place effort. Sides already had a long night ahead, but in addition, due to threats of weather in the area, Outlaw officials hustled through the program, leaving very little time to make even slight adjustments Sides was pulling off the track from the B-Main and cars were already headed out for the A-Main. Using his first provisional this season, Sides had barely enough time to get fuel in the car before heading back out for the 40-lap race.
“Qualifying put me in a hole at the start of the night,” Sides remarked. “They were rushing the program to avoid the rain and we didn’t get to make some adjustments that I would to have liked to have made before the A, but we still had to give it a shot.”
When Jason concluded the A-Main at Attica, he set his focus on the following night. Sides might have been hopeful when he showed up at Eldora, but after qualifying 30th, he found himself at the beginning of another rough night. In Jason’s heat race, it became apparent that the motor was going sour. A motor change following the heat made a world of difference, but it came just a little late. Sides was scheduled to start 10th for the B-Main. Jason was up to fifth and looked faster than the cars ahead of him, but ran out of laps before he could claim the final transfer position. Jason’s car felt so good during the B-Main that he felt he had no choice but to take his second provisional to start the 30-lap A-Feature. Jason made it worthwhile, as he had advanced up to 14th by the time the checkered fell. Sides needed an early race caution and he was confident that he would have finished even better, but the only caution that fell was on lap 27 when Jason was already one lap down and unable to benefit from it.
“I needed that transfer spot in the B-Main,” said Sides. “I was too good not to start the A-Main, so I had to take a provisional. We passed some good cars and finished 14th, but I would have loved to have seen what we could have done if a yellow had came out earlier in the race. We would have had a good shot at a few of those guys ahead of us.”
Jason was feeling pretty confident after his run at Eldora, and he had good reason to be. He looks to have found something that worked for him and he anticipates that he will be competitive this upcoming week-end when the Outlaws race Friday and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA. The Outlaws have already had one race at Knoxville this season and Sides finished 16th. There are no doubts that he will be looking to better that effort this time around. Follow up on Jason’s upcoming results, as well as all the latest Sides Motorsports news, by visiting www.sidesmotorsports.com.
Sides Motorsports would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Wetherington Tractor Services, Inc.
Don Ott Racing Engines
Arctic Cat Motorsports
Dancer Logistics, Inc.
Four Seasons Radiators
Joe Gibbs Driven Oil
Maxim Racing Chassis
Mercury Printing Co.
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