Had a long wait at Showtime and were rained out. We were looking forward to a good night, had a good field and we've done well there. We plan to be at Citrus on June 7th, come join us.
This past weekend started with a trip to Bethune Middle School in Folkston, GA to talk to 600 students and show the car. Jake’s speech lasted about 30 minutes and one of the teachers said that it was the most orderly and attentive assembly they ever had. Jake talked about his career, the D.A.R.E. program and the hazards of bad decisions. Afterwards, he showed the 59 car and signed autographs for about an hour and a half. It was a great day and we thank all associated with the school and Mrs. Sally Webb who ran the Solar Car race for their hospitality. We also want to thank Sheena Elliott of Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA for recommending Jake. After the event, the team went straight to Full Throttle Speedway in Bradenton for practice.
On Saturday, the car was plagued with mechanical problems but Crew Chief Jimmy Copy got the problems fixed JUST in time for qualifying. After meeting with a group from the Children’s Home Society, Jake started the race in fourth place, went immediately to third at the start but fell back to fourth for the next thirty or so laps. At that time, he was dueling with the 07 car and had the front end clipped, causing a spin and collision with oncoming traffic. That ended the night. Next race is at Showtime Speedway on June 1st.
1.Saturday night's race at Showtime Speedway was a bittersweet one. After starting from the pole for the 50 lap shootout, Jake got off to a great start. Every lap, Jake steadily pulled away from the field; It seemed as though it was our night, but a caution flew with only 12 laps to go after leading the first 38 laps of the race. Unfortunately, starting with the restart with 12 to go, the ignition box acted up severely for the remainder of the race which cost Jake significant time and speed lap after lap. After several difficult restarts, Jake finished the race in third. Overall we’re quite pleased with the night; just sorry we couldn’t hold on for another 12 laps. Our next race is May 18th at Full Throttle Speedway in Bradenton. This will be their inaugural super late model race and will be a good one. We invite all our fans to come out and support Jake and the new track owners.
On May 16th and 17th, Jake and some of the crew will be in Folkston, GA for the Solar Car Sprint, sponsored by the Okefenokee N.W. Refuge and Waste Management/Chesser Island Landfill. At the race, Jake will be showing the 59 car, signing autographs and meeting with the participants, all middle school students who built model sized solar cars. In addition, he has been invited to address the 600 student Bethune Middle School on his successes (and blips) as well as the D.A.R.E. program and family values. Jake is really excited about this opportunity and looking forward to meeting with the students. The visit was originally arranged and Jake was recommended by Sheena Elliott of Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA.
Long, rough night. Fought with poor handling on the car throughout the race. Salvaged 7th after surrendering 5th and having to come to the pits temporarily with about 15 laps to go in attempt to try and fix the problem. Proud of the hard work and effort the team put in today. Moving on and looking forward to the next race!
Great race Saturday at Showtime Speedway! The car was fast right out of the trailer, and the team was excited to see if we could improve on the 3rd place at Showtime earlier in the year. After qualifying 3rd, the team was confident going into the 50 lap feature. Jake took the lead soon after the green flag dropped, and led for 20 laps until losing the lead to a caution and restart half way through the race. The rest of the race went green as Jake fought hard to get the lead again but fell short on Scofield’s bumper and settled for second. The team is excited with a third and a second in the last two finishes and looking forward to the rest of the year and some firsts. Next race is Friday night (4/12) at Orlando Speedworld for the Bright House Challenge Series. Once again, thanks to all our fans, family and crew for the awesome support. See you all Friday.
Up and down night at Auburndale Speedway. Started the night in 8th, and the team was very excited that the car was capable of getting to the front by the end of the 100 lap feature. In a battle for 6th about 30 laps in, there was a stack up accident in which the front of the car was damaged. It appeared minor, but the car began to overheat as the race went on, and JPM had to call it a night and pull it in the pits while running 5th a little past half way. It was too much of a risk to hurt the engine. We are extremely proud of the performance of the team and race cars, and unfortunately, racing luck bit us last night. Thanks to all the fans and supporters. Already excited and ready for the next race!
Last Saturday at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park was a very productive day for Jake Perkins Motorsports. Everything was set up by three solid hours of practice and adjustments on Friday night, several debriefings and focus. Jimmy Cope had the car set great and the communications with Jake were never better. On Saturday, there were several more practice runs and film study which allowed Jake to find a good groove for the race. While qualifying wasn't as anticipated, sixth of 16 cars, Jake was lined up behind P2 Jeff Scofield and P4 Wayne Anderson, the two most aggressive drivers in the field. At the start, Jake immediately moved to fifth and then forth. After a caution and restart, at around lap 24 and behind Anderson, he gained third and held onto that spot solidly for the rest of the race. Scofield, followed by Anderson were clearly the cars to beat, with Scofield winning. It was a great race for Jake who is growing in confidence and skill each week. He is really loooking forward to this Saturday's FUPS 100 at Auburndale and hope his fans will make the trip to see the race.