Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (June 28, 2021) - Jason Sides missed nearly seven weeks of action from the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series trail after his racing trailer was damaged during a freeway accident.
Sides and his team repaired the trailer at their shop in Tennessee before rejoining 'The Greatest Show on Dirt' during one of the busiest stretches of the season.
Sides returned on June 17 and competed in seven races during the last 11 days.
"It took me a bit to get back going," he said. "Being off for a couple of months, it felt like Volusia starting the season back over again."
Sides' best run during the recent stretch was a season-best seventh-place showing on Friday night during the second preliminary night of the AGCO Jackson Nationals hosted by Jackson Motorplex.
"I banged the wall going down the front straightaway, which really screwed me up into turn one and I jumped the cushion," he said. "A couple of cars got by me and we fell to ninth. Toward the end I got back going. I slowed down a few laps after getting into the wall trying to figure out if anything was hurt on the car. Once I felt everything was okay we gained a couple of positions back to finish seventh."
The top 10 combined with a 20th-place result during Thursday's event opener put Sides in a good position entering Saturday's finale. The event was postponed one day because of wet weather and Sides finished where he started in both a qualifier - third - and the main event - 13 th - on Sunday.
"If I got off the bottom I got tight from the middle of the track to the cushion," he said. "We got a few spots and lost a few spots."
Next up is the Independence Day Spectacular this Friday and Saturday at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
QUICK RESULTS -
June 17 - 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa - Qualifying: 17; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 17 (14).
June 18 - Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway in Dubuque, Iowa - Qualifying: 18; Heat race: 7 (6); Feature: 12 (21).
June 19 - Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wis. - Qualifying: 14; Heat race: 7 (5); B Main: 2 (1); Feature: 18 (19).
June 21 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying: 14; Heat race: 8 (7); B Main: 11 (12).
June 24 - Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. - Qualifying: 27; Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 20 (12).
June 25 - Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. - Qualifying: 17; Heat race: 3 (4); Dash: 4 (4); Feature: 7 (4).
June 27 - Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. - Qualifier: 3 (3); Feature: 13 (13).
SEASON STATS -
28 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 20 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for the Independence Day Spectacular with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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"King Racing Products has been a big supporter of Sides Motorsports and we wouldn't be able to travel up and down the road with the World of Outlaws without their partnership," Sides said. "King Racing Products builds a great selection of parts for racers so I would encourage every driver to give them a shot."
Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., BR Motorsports, East Coast Logistics, VRP Shocks, Dancer Logistics, Inc., R.E. Enterprises, Jim Schuhknecht, TORA TORA, FSR Radiators, Mid-States Equipment, Brad, Driven Racing Oil, Ingles Racing Engines, Wings Unlimited and All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads for their continued support.
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