Sprint Car Insider: VISALIA, Calif. (March 26, 2019) – > Jett Barnes finished his second weekend back in the Jr Sprint on the top step of the podium for the the second time in three races.
With his second place finish on Friday Night followed by the win on Saturday Jett Barnes was crowned the 2019 Budweiser Outlaw Nationals Champion at Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park.
“We definitely got the car dialed in for the dry slick surface,” said Jett’s father, Nick. “I’m really happy we got Saturday. I totally missed the setup for Friday Night and it cost the driver, but we’re still learning, and you can’t give any advantage to the drivers out here, they’re too good.”
The Outlaw Nationals began Friday night at Keller Auto Raceway introducing a new format for the Jr. Sprint class. For the first time the class competed in single car qualifying. Other tracks in the region practice this, so it wasn’t brand new, but new for Plaza Park. Barnes was able to come away with 2nd Quick on the night.
Second was the theme for Barnes on night one. He brought the number 55 TEN-J Chassis home second in the heat and found the runner up bid in the main as well. However his finish kept him in close contention for the overall Outlaw National Championship everyone was gunning for on Saturday nights finale.
Saturday was a whole new outing for Jett Barnes. Although qualifying saw the 55 land the runner up bid once again things evolved from there.
Things could have gone drastically down hill after the heat race but the young man rebounded swiftly. According to Nick Barnes the incident in the heat had a dramatic impact on Jett.
“The kid didn’t even want to race the rest of the night. He felt terrible,” said Nick. “You couldn’t force him to drive dirty, and he felt like he could have hurt his friend, no win means more to Jett than his friends safety.”
According to Nick, Jett transitioning back to the Jr Sprint from the Outlaw Kart played a key role in the incident. JB Motorsports, Nick, and Jett Barnes wanted to again let everyone know the incident was not intentional, and they look forward to an entire season of close, clean racing, with the entire field of Jr. Sprint standouts.
Coming into the main event Barnes had his work cut out for him starting in the 5th spot and the heavy hitters in front of him. As the green flag waved it didn’t take long for Barnes to start making moves. By the end of the first lap he found himself in third with the leaders in sight.
By lap six Jett Barnes drove his way into the second position. From there it only took one lap for Barnes to seize the lead. Lap seven came around and Barnes made the move to take over the top spot.
He never looked back.
At the end of 20 long laps Jett Barnes crossed the finish line 2.258 seconds ahead of the field. Saturday Nights victory at Keller Auto Raceway was the second win in just three Jr Sprint races in 2019. With his Saturday Night victory Barnes accumulated enough points to top the field and earn the Budweiser Outlaw Nationals title.
The Budweiser Outlaw Nationals were once the marquee race at Plaza Park. Everyone involved with the track has intentions of the race garnering that kind of attention again in the future. With that in mind, this trophy will be one that Barnes may forever cherish. The Outlaw Nationals carries a lot of weight and Jett Barnes now sits on the list of champions.
The Jr Sprint season is now off and running for JBMotorsports, Jett Barnes, and his #55 TEN-J Chassis. The team expects to run up front and be in contention for titles at Keller Auto Raceway, Lemoore Raceway, and Delta Speedway. So far, with wins at two of the three tracks, things are looking good. Barnes will be back in action April 5-6, at Lemoore Raceway for the 2nd Annual Jet Bowl Classic.
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Quick Results: Jett Barnes #55
Budweiser Outlaw Nationals
Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park
Night 1 – March 22, 2019
Heat Race: 2nd
Main Event: 2nd
Night 2 – March 23, 2019
Heat Race: 7th
Main Event: 1st
Jett Barnes and all of JBMotorsports would like to cordially thank all of their sponsors for their continued support, and belief in the program.
Special Thanks to: Chads Auto Glass, Flyers Gas Stations, Total Works Visalia, Reen Electric, Auto Oil Changers Visalia, Jones Collision Center Lemoore, Exeter Ivanhoe Citrus, Crown Cleaners, TEN-J Chassis, Carbon Copies, DRC Plumbing, CSI Shocks, Keizer Wheels, JF George Enterprises, JS Designs, El Rosal, Miclette Family, and Truck Tub
Jet Bowl Classic
April 5-6, 2019
Season Stats: Jett Barnes
Top 5: 3
Top 10: 3
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