When the green flag waved at New Richmond, Wisconsin on Thursday night, June 16, Jason Gross, who had started last in the heat, managed to work his way up prior to the final lap and earn the victory. Starting up front in the feature, he had possession of the lead early and never looked back. Racing at what they consider their home track, Jason and the crew were confident going into the race, and anticipated a win. That said, he performed even better than expected. Jason had begun lapping the competition by the eighth of the 20 lap race, and by the competition's end had a comfortable 3/4 lap lead on the second place driver.
GR Motorsports' Jason Gross had started last in the heat and managed to work his way up prior to the final lap and earn the victory.
Jason Gross had possession of the lead early in the race and never looked back.
Of course, the race was of great importance to Jason and his team, as every victory is a motivator and confidence builder. On the other hand, they were also aware that the weekend was a far cry from over.
With Thursday's victory behind them, Jason Gross and GR Motorsports were on the verge of competing in the race they had been waiting for since the beginning of the 2011 season. The USMTS drivers were scheduled to be at Cedar Lake. Jason and the crew knew that the cars would be fast and the race furious. This was the perfect opportunity for Gross to line up against the "Big Dawgs", and get a good indication of where he stacked up against the USMTS drivers.
Jason started fourth row in his heat and was up against drivers such as Ryan Gustin, Cory Dripps and Kelly Shyrock. Although he didn't make it into the top three during that particular heat, which was required to advance to the "A" Main, Jason performed well in the "B". Starting 12th, throughout the race, the driver muscled his way up to fourth, earning a spot in the show.
Starting 27th of twenty-eight cars, Jason and the GR Motorsports team were excited and anxious to get the 40 lap race underway. When the green flag waved, the competition was on, and Jason began making a showing. In fact, by the twentieth lap, Gross had already worked his way up to 14th place and reached tenth by lap 31.
With only nine laps to go, coolant began blowing from the overflow of Jason's car. Watching as the temperature gauge continued to climb, he finally opted to pull over and shut her down. Upon a closer investigation of the engine following the race, a hairline crack was discovered in the head.
Although disappointed that mechanical malfunction demanded that Jason call it quits early, the driver and his team were satisfied with the outcome and the performance of their car. When the dust settled it had been established that they were fast and had the ability to run with a very stiff caliber of competition.
When asked if they were happy with the overall performance of their car and their success throughout the season, GR Motorsports team member, Justin Gross, said, "Overall we're happy with where we're at, but will never be satisfied, as there's always room for improvement. You're never fast enough."
Obviously, each and every driver and their teams are going to be plagued with occasional mechanical problems as Jason was on Friday, June 17, due to the fact that engines are pushed to their limits during every outing on the track. Although such failures are inevitable, the GR Motorsports team is acutely aware of the importance of maintaining clean and well-lubed motors. In fact, according to Justin Gross, they are fans of, and have been using K&N products for the past five years, "I wouldn't use anything else,"
explained Justin. "I also use them in my personal vehicles; my parents use them in their vehicles, and my brothers use them in their vehicles. I think they're a superior product, and am confident that we wouldn't be where we're at today if not for K&N."
In closing, Justin said, "None of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors and fans, and we'll always go out there and do the best that we can."
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