Inside Line Promotions - PAIGE, Texas (March 22, 2021) - Jason Sides showcased moments of strength last weekend during the Drydene Texas Two-Step Presented by American Lube Supply.
Sides was in contention for a top 10 during World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at Cotton Bowl Speedway before a similar problem plagued him in the second half of the feature on Friday.
Sides had qualified 18th quickest before he hustled from sixth to fourth place in a heat race. That lined him up on the inside of the sixth row for the A Main.
"We were pretty decent early, but late in the race it got really slick and we sucked," he said. "The last couple of restarts we lost a few spots. We got a couple back, but at the very end my car got so free. I'm not sure if I got the tires too hot and gooey, but I had no grip the last few laps."
Sides salvaged a 14th-place result, which marked his third straight top-15 showing.
Saturday was on pace to deliver better results as Sides timed in ninth quickest in qualifying. He narrowly lost out on a great battle for fourth place in a heat race, which started him 15th for the feature.
"It was a lot slicker," he said. "The track had a little rubber late in the third heat race off turn four. They watered it a few times trying to help it. We got going and weren't terrible to start the feature. Then we got to spinning the tires. Even when I'd get in the rubber it wasn't good. I stayed down on the bottom too long. I moved up, but it was a little too late. About the time Jacob (Allen) and Brad (Sweet) were racing for the lead they had just passed me. Then Jacob hit the wall the next lap and we were trapped a lap down. We got back by three or four cars, but we were a lap down so it wasn't for position."
Sides ended 18th.
U.S. 36 Raceway near Osborn, Mo., welcomes Sides and the Outlaws on Friday before the Jason Johnson Classic is Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. Sides' career-best result at U.S. 36 Raceway was eighth in 2009. He's also enjoyed success at Lake Ozark Speedway, where he established a new track record in 2019.
QUICK RESULTS -
March 19 - Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas - Qualifying: 18; Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 14 (11).
March 20 - Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas - Qualifying: 9; Heat race: 5 (3); Feature: 18 (15).
SEASON STATS -
9 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 7 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday at U.S. 36 Raceway near Osborn, Mo., and Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., for the Jason Johnson Classic with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
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Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., East Coast Logistics, BR Motorsports, 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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