ALGER, Washington — A tremendous victory for Washington Sprint car driver, Travis Jacobson of Lake Stevens, WA, who raced the Mike Anderson #18 410 Sprint in the World of Outlaw Sprint Series "A" Feature event at Skagit Speedway's three tenths of a mile, clay oval, took the lead on the opening lap of this thirty-five lap race and held off all contenders to score his first win in a WoO Sprint Series race and the crowd went wild.
If you happened to be listening in and heard this WoO Sprint race on the Internet, ( provided free by WoO Dirt Vision), you may just have heard the screaming cheers that surrounded the race track, as Jacobson took the checkered flag and added a standing ovation to go along with their screams of glory.
"This feels great. It's awesome. We ran with the best in the world and won. Being in front and having clean air, was good for us. I just can't thank my car owner and all of my team, enough." said a very happy Jacobson, who had fans surrounding his hauler when he arrived after his infield interview. Jacobson won the $12,000. purse with his "A" Main victory, had qualified fifth fast, finished third in his heat race and also a third in the Dash.
When the first green flag was thrown to start the race, it was called back when Kerry Madsen (AUS), hit the throttle too soon, jumping the start. A caution flew out to signify that a loss of position of one row, was given to Madsen and they raced to the green, once more.
This time, Jacobson raced into the lead and never looked back. Kraig Kinser (IN) was racing in second, followed by Madsen, Chad Kemenah (OH), Joey Saldana (IN), Jason Sides and Donny Schatz. K. Kinser had a strong run in second but once again K. Kinser would find defeat, this time with a blown motor on the sixth lap.
On the eleventh lap, Schatz had powered into second with Sides taking over the third spot with fourteen laps to go.
Only two other cautions flew out in this race, with one on the ninth lap when Sam Hafertepe, Jr., (TX), was stopped, mid-way out of the second turn and the other caution flew out with five laps to go when Shane Stewart (OK), had stopped on the front stretch with problems that side lined him from the rest of the race.
Swindell had gone into the work center under this caution, but returned in time for the green flag that flew out for the final five laps, left to run.
Schatz of Fargo, ND, driving the Tony Stewart Racing, STP #15 sprint, was racing hard hoping to pass Jacobson, but the race ended with Schatz finishing in second.
"This was a decent run for us. He (Jacobson) didn't make any mistakes. We were good all night. We got up there (into second place). I was hoping for traffic but a caution flew out, so traffic was not an option. Jacobson was good. He was fast racing at the top (of the track) and also fast racing the bottom. He did an excellent job and deserved to win." said Schatz.
Later, Jacobson, said, "My car owner and I bought my first (sprint) car from Donny."
Amazing how. small the world is at times
Schatz qualified second fast, with a 11.193 second lap run, scored in second in his Heat Race and took an eighth place finish in the Dash.
Sides of Bartlett, TN, driving his #7s, took the checkered flag in third.
"Tonight was better than last night. We could run the top when it finally came in. The track was much better tonight. We made only a few adjustments today as we got the car ready to race. The car was good. I think we would have been even better racing through traffic, but we never really got into lap traffic. We had a good finish." said Sides, who had clocked in a 11.170 second lap for quick time of the night in qualifying. He went on to finish in fifth in his Heat Race and seventh in the Dash.
Fourth place was picked up by Madsen, followed by Craig Dollansky, (MN), Cody Darrah (PA), Jac Haudenschild (OH), Kemenah, Saldana, Kaeding, Steve Kinser (IN), Swindell, Jesse Whitney (WA), Hafertepe, Jr., Lucas Wolfe (PA), Trey Starks (WA), Travis Rilat (TX), Colton Heath (WA), Jonathan Jorgenson (WA), Stewart, Kevin Smith (WA), Toni Lutar (CAN), K. Kinser and Jonathan Allard (CA).
The LCS ("B" Main), the Dash and the Heat Race finishes, are as follows: (Please note, all finishes in any part of this article are unofficial)
LCS ("B" Main): Starks, Smith, Wolfe, Heath, Whitney, Jorgenson, Bill Rose (IN), Wheeler Boys, Daniel Anderson (WA), Jayme Barnes (WA)
DASH: Madsen, K. Kinser, Jacobson, Kemenah, Swindell, Saldana, Sides, Schatz, Dollanksy, Haudenschild.
Heat #1: Dollansky, Saldana, Stewart, Darrah, Sides, Allard, Whitney, Starks, Wolfe, Boys.
Heat #2: K. Kinser, Schatz, Jacobson, S. Kinser, Rilat, Hafertepe, Jr., Heath, Rose, Barnes.
Heat #3: Madsen, Haudenschild, Swindell, Kemenah, Kaeding, Lutar, Jorgenson, Smith, Anderson.