After coming off of his first win of the 2016 Shenandoah Speedway season, Jason Alder got off to a great start on May 14, 2016 by winning his second pole by .2 of a second. The feature had more in store for Team 77, however. The temperature dropped about 20 degrees between the qualifying and the feature and the car’s handling changed. “I battled hard for the win tonight but came up short for a solid 2nd place finish. Not a win but a great night of racing none the less” said Jason. The AB Motorsports driver extended his points lead in the series.
Just two weeks later on May 28th, Jason qualified P3 out of 10 cars. The track was very loose in the heat of the day but as the sun went down the field shuffled. “Our team worked hard making changes in anticipation of the track changes and were pretty fast all day” said Crew Chief, James Alder. The feature race was caution filled and Jason got caught up in one of the incidents fairly early in the race that bent the right front spindle. The incident shattered any hopes of a win. “My steering was knocked out a bit and robbed me of straightaway speed. It was very frustrating”, said driver Jason Alder. With the crippled car, Jason was able to salvage a 3rd place podium finish by taking advantage of mistakes made by some of the other drivers late in the race. This podium finish further extends the teams points lead in the series.
Thanks and much appreciation to our sponsors Champion Spark Plugs and Federal-Mogul, Fortinet, Odyssey Battery, 2020 Teknology, Boca Bearing Company and Valvoline motor oils. We also appreciate all the work of our charity of choice, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.