Jarrett - A Second Place Finish at Salem Salem, Indiana -- 9/13/03 For Jason Jarrett a second place finish at Salem Speedway this past weekend brought about a sense of satisfaction for a job well-done by both he and the ML Motorsports team, and...
Jarrett - A Second Place Finish at Salem
Salem, Indiana -- 9/13/03 For Jason Jarrett a second place finish at Salem Speedway this past weekend brought about a sense of satisfaction for a job well-done by both he and the ML Motorsports team, and a slight bit more breathing room in the race for second place in the point standings.
"You just have to run your own race at a track like Salem," said Jarrett. "We obviously had a good car - it was about the same as Winchester. Salem is just one of those survival places, and hopefully once you survive everything, your car is still capable of going fast at the end of the race."
At the start of the race Jarrett reported the car to be extremely loose in the throttle, with the car turning good in the corners, but coming off felt like there was no grip on the right side at all. However, when the first caution came out, they opted not to pit as there were still about 15-16 cars on the lead lap. They decided to stick to the original plan; one stop during the race.
When caution came out just a few laps shy of the half-way mark, the first pit stop was made and Jason pitted with the leaders. The ML Motorsports crew got him out second behind those that came in, but he was running in eighth or ninth place as there were a few cars that opted not to pit.
On the restart, one driver apparently missed a shift causing others to get stacked up behind with Todd Bowsher just getting into the back end of the #67. Jason did a 360 spin on the front stretch, barely missing the inside wall, but managed to bring it around and just kept going.
"I thought it was a pretty darn good save myself.I never really stopped," Jarrett said jokingly. "I pulled it down in second gear; I did a 360 and kept going. I saw the wall coming a few times, but just kept going."
During the last twenty laps or so of the race, Jarrett hung in third place behind Justin Allgaier, trying to make the pass while contending with Brian Ross running close behind in 4th place.
"Brian was really loose, but he still kept coming," remarked Jarrett. "He drives every lap like it's his last lap. I saw him get under me that next to last lap, but he was really loose. You have to give him credit for hanging onto it like he did."
Following a late race caution the race ended with "green-white-checkered" flag finish. On the final lap, Jarrett was able to duck under Allgaier coming off of turn two to make the pass and bring it home in second place behind Shelby Howard.
Jarrett hopes to keep the pace up as the ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to South Boston Speedway located in South Boston Virginia. The race is set to go off under the lights this Saturday, September 20th beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the .4 mile oval.
Jason Jarrett is the driver of the #67 ML Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo sponsored by Damon RV and Gladiator GarageWorks. Jason is also a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family.