Hot! Sixth Annual Jason Robbins Memorial THIS SATURDAY (9/7)

Sixth Annual Jason Robbins
Memorial is Biggest Modified Race of the Year for Mississippi

Byram, Mississippi– Jackson Motor Speedway will once again host the Jason Robbins Memorial Modified Race this Saturday night, September 7th at the quarter-mile dirt track
oval located off interstate 55 in Byram. This year’s memorial race will be the
6th one in Jason’s honor since he lost his life to a work accident in February
of 2008. Robbins had become a well-known racer throughout the state even though
he was still a young man at the time of his passing. He competed in just about
every division of race cars that run in Mississippi but found his best game was
in the Open Wheel Modified division driving car #4R. While Jason loved to
compete, he also loved helping others that he raced with. Turning wrenches for
other drivers, loaning out what he had and just being “one of the guys” was all
a big part of who he was and wanted to be. Jason Robbins will always be
remembered for the camaraderie he shared with others as well as being that
fierce competitor that they had to beat if they wanted to win. His best friend
Ryan Allday still competes in the Modified division and has carried Jason’s #4R
on the side of his car since 2008 along with the same type of “racer’s heart”
that Jason had.

Dirt track racing participants have always considered
themselves as one big family. Although safety within the sport is much better
today, there is still a risk there and unfortunately, fatalities still
occasionally happen on the track but the ones away from the track hurt that
whole family of racers just as much. A trend of memorial races has developed
over the years. One of the ways racers remember another racer, especially one as
well-liked as Jason was, is to get together and name a race after them. Then
“they” — the families, friends, track owners, sponsors, fans and everyone down
to the final entrant — go about the task of putting it all together to make the
event the best it can be and one their fellow fallen racer would be proud of
year-after-year.

Such is the case with the Jason Robbins Memorial and
without great sponsors, you don’t get to have an event this large. Special
thanks goes out to Decorative Center of Jackson, Excavating Specialty Company,
Hodge Sawdust, HMP Graphics and Roofing with Strength. The Jason Robbins
Memorial is also grateful to Don Cliburn and his staff at Jackson Motor Speedway
for hosting the event and to additional sponsors, Carey’s Construction, Tony
Barnett Heating and Cooling, Powell Skid Steer Services-Forestry Mulching,
Taylor Flying Services, Employment Express Services and South Central
Construction.

Thanks to folks like those mentioned above, the Jason
Robbins Memorial Race has grown bigger every year too. The 2013 edition boasts a
Modified purse alone of over $15,000 with a winner’s share of $4004 (the extra
“4″ also in Jason’s honor) which is outstanding money for the Modified class. In
fact, it’s the largest Modified purse in the state of Mississippi for 2013. This
purse includes a remarkable paydown that pays $3000 for second, $2000 for third,
$1000 for fourth, $800 for fifth and for the first time in JRM history, there
will be no entry fee for this race. Just bring the car in, buy a pit pass and go
racing. Twenty-two cars will qualify for the main event and each one will be
guaranteed a minimum of $200 to start. There will also be a special “Lucky Dog”
drawing where one racer who failed to make the top 22 can draw the 23rd starting
position which is also worth a minimum of $200 to that lucky driver as well. In
a change from the 2012 race format, time trials will return this year and be
part of the qualifying process. Frith Trucking will sponsor the Fast Time Award
with $100 and USA Tire & Automotive will sponsor a $100 Hard Charger Award
for the A-main feature event as well.

Other classes racing at this
year’s memorial event include a new class from west of the Mississippi. The
Limited Modified division (called Southern Sport Mods at some circles) has some
of the largest car counts of in the states of Louisiana and Texas. These cars
have a similar appearance to their older Modified cousins but utilize full pure
stock GM metric frames. They also have stricter engine rules but use softer
tires and larger spoilers. The bottom line is, they still go fast! Thanks to
Watson Quality Ford and Dugas Trading Post Wrecking Service (of Denham Springs,
Louisiana), the Limited Modified division will also be part of Jason’s race this
year and pay $1000 to win and $100 just to start the feature with just a $10
registration fee required. Also racing will be the Nesmith Late Model division
($1000 to win!) and the Nesmith Street Stocks.

While the biggest winner
of the night may be that Modified feature winner who gets the four thousand and
four dollars, it’s the fans who are also going to be the big winners at this
one. Grandstand adult admission is a bargain at just $10 to get in. Kids 7 to 12
years of age are $5 and 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. Kids from age
7 through 12 who are accompanied by an adult in the pits are just $15 and 6 and
under are again, free. You can’t beat those kind of prices for this
one-of-a-kind Mississippi special event. For more information, visit www.JacksonMotorSpeedway.net and be sure and circle Saturday
night, September 7th on your calenders.