Starting the night’s action by pulling pill no. 5, Waters started in the third heat on pole, winning the race with minimal challenges. The driver noticed the track to be a bit “choppy” in the turns, but as racing progressed, the team watched the track to anticipate changing conditions. In turn, the crew made significant adjustments to the No. 10 sprint before the feature.
In anticipation of the feature, JCW Racing earned pole from the redraw, putting him in position to lead the field to the green flag. As the race began, Waters drag raced in to turn 1, but couldn’t maintain position as he raced down the backstretch out of turn 2. Crossing the start/finish line after the first lap, JCW Racing dropped to 3rd. Struggling to keep the car driving through the turns, Waters started losing ground, especially coming out of turn 4. Due to several cautions though, as well as burning off fuel, Waters was able to maintain position throughout the feature, crossing the line at the checkered flag in 4th.
"It's a blessing to start on the front row of any race, but at the same time, there is a significant pressure since you must work hard to capitalize on it. We were able to do so in the heat race, however after adjustments, we were bit off in the feature. I cannot thank my team and sponsors enough for getting us in the position we were in for the evening. In addition, thank you to the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series and Hesston Speedway for being such hospitable hosts." – Jake Waters
The team returns to racing after a short break, competing with the PA Sprint Series (PASS) at home track Port Royal Speedway, Saturday, August 22. Racing at the half-mile begins at 7:00 p.m.