Evan Jackson seeks more trips to victory lane in 2003. Salem, IN (March 23, 2003) -- Nineteen-year-old Evan Jackson begins his third season with the Sunoco Super Series with the hopes of visiting victory lane more often after getting his first...
Evan Jackson seeks more trips to victory lane in 2003.
Salem, IN (March 23, 2003) -- Nineteen-year-old Evan Jackson begins his third season with the Sunoco Super Series with the hopes of visiting victory lane more often after getting his first taste of victory with the Sunoco Super Series in 2002. Jackson led one lap in 2002, and that lap was the last lap of the Winchester 100 Presented By Rev Up Sports Energy Drink, at Winchester Speedway on June 22. Matt Hagans had led the entire event until just after taking the white flag, Hagans slipped up the track going into turn one leaving just enough room for Jackson to slip by and take the lead. Hagans fought back, but could not catch Jackson in the race to the checkers.
"That was a great victory for my dad and me," remarked Jackson. "Our team for the last two years has basically been my dad and myself, with help and guidance from Bill Rievley. If Matt hadn't slipped, I wouldn't have got past him, but I managed to race myself into the right place at the right time to get my first Sunoco Super Series wins!"
Jackson did not lead another lap through out the rest of the season, but did post some good numbers for a very low budget team. Jackson finished the 2002 season in 8th place in Sunoco Super Series points, which included three top five finishes and a total of seven top ten finishes. Jackson claimed his first Sunoco Super Series Fast Qualifier award on September 1 at Plymouth Speedway.
"We had a pretty good season overall," remarked Jackson, "but our goal for 2003 is to be in position to lead laps and get some more victories. I feel if we focus on that, it will also lead to a good finish in points."
The Muncie, Indiana native successfully raced Baby Grand Stock Cars in 1999 and 2000 after gaining racing experience in go-carts and motorcycles. Jackson spent this past Speed Weeks in Daytona Beach, Florida helping South Carolina late model racer Randy Gentry at the World Series Of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. Veteran Crew Chief and fellow Muncie, Indiana native Jimmy King ask Jackson to come down to help out Gentry.
"It was a good idea to go down to Florida and work with Jimmy King on Randy's car, commented Jackson. "Jimmy has helped me learn a lot, he has so much experience with late models and racecars in general. I am trying to learn as much as I can from experienced people like Jimmy King and Bill Rievley so that I can learn to set-up my racecars to be competitive and win races."
Jackson will campaign a Port City Monte Carlo again in 2003. Jackson has secured sponsorship help for the 2003 season from Jim Mougeotte's Great Deals Coupon Magazine and Advanced Tool. In addition, Jackson will have the continued dedicated support of his family behind him.