Jason Sides returns to Eldora Speedway Friday, July 14th to compete in the highly coveted “Knight Before the King‘s Royal“ and Saturday‘s “King’s Royal”, an event where he was crowned “King Jason XX” in 2004.
“I really enjoy racing at Eldora” said Sides. “The year (2004) we won the King‘s Royal we started way in the back and I never figured to be crowned. The cards fell in our favor that night though, and the $50,000 win still remains as one of my fondest memories of driving Sprint Cars.”
Sides is coming off consecutive five finishes at Hartford, Michigan’s World Of Outlaws event Wednesday evening and at Cedar Lake, Wisconsin Monday evening. Sides timed 8th quick at Hartford, took 5th in his qualifying heat race, then motored to a second place finish in his dash before finishing fifth, while Steve Kinser, who had greeted Sides with a big bear hug at his King’s Royal triumph in 2004, won the event.
“Steve came up and grabbed me and lifted me off my feet after I won the King’s Royal in 2004,” recalled Sides. “That, in itself made me realize the honor that accompanied winning one of the most prestigious races during the month of money. This should be a huge field at Eldora this weekend, and it will be tough just to make the field since this is basically the first time this season we are racing with the World of Outlaws guys, in addition to our World Of Outlaws regulars. Throw in some All Stars and other heavy hitters and it will not be as easy as it seems. Just to make the field is one of our goals.”
Sides raced to a fourth place finish at Cedar Lake with his Wetherington Tractor Service/Sides Motorsports Don Ott powered MAXIM chassis entry after starting way back in the 15th starting spot. Sides did pick up a heat race win at Cedar Lake after a dismal 15th place time trial effort, and more than made up for his bad time trial lap by charging through the field at Cedar Lake.
Sides has had other recent World Of Outlaws finishes of 13th and 10th at Grand Forks, North Dakota’s two-day World Of Outlaws event, and a 7th place finish at Winner, South Dakota