Waters, who was still recovering from illness during the week prior, joined 22 other cars in pursuit of the checkered flag this past Saturday night during the track’s Race to Cure Cancer Night. The driver reported that the track was tacky, different from the previous week’s race, and that JCW Racing’s no. 10 machine was set up too tight for the night.
During the Pennsylvania Sprint Series’ RaceSaver 305 warm ups, due to a missed setup, Waters spun out while narrowly missing another spinning car. Heat 1 saw additional unexpected track conditions, with JCW Racing starting 5th, ultimately finishing 8th. Waters reported that he expected the track to “slick off” more, however the team worked hard to make needed adjustments while searching for progression as the night wore on.
The feature saw JCW Racing starting 22nd out of 23 cars, however Waters knew he had worked to do, and set out to do just that. By the end of lap 1, the driver already worked his way up to 16th, and was running in the 12th position by lap 8. Though Waters admits he made some errors on restarts that kept progress to a minimum during the feature, Jake considers the 10th place finish a very modest victory while finishing the night in the 7th position in the points standing.
“We were expecting the track to be a lot more slicked off than it was when we arrived, and failed to make the correct adjustments for the heat race,” said Waters. “I have a lot of faith in what my team and the car is capable of, and knew that even being under the weather we could still accomplish what we did.”
JCW Racing and driver Jake Waters would like to greatly thank fellow competitor Zach Newlin his hard work prior to Saturday night’s race, lending a hand in starting the car for motor starts and aiding in preparation of the team. Waters, and JCW Racing, would also like to congratulate friends Jeff Campbell and Kacie Myers on their recent marriage, and wish the best for Mr. and Mrs. Campbell as they start their new life together.
JCW Racing’s next race is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Port Royal Speedway for Free Student Night/Youth Baseball & Softball Uniform Night. On-track action starts at 7:00 p.m., with 410 sprints, late models and 305 sprints on tap. Friends and fans of the team are encouraged to come out and help celebrate team owner and driver Jake Waters’ birthday while cheering him on as he pursues victory.