"You can't go home again" wrote Thomas Wolfe, but then he never met Corona, California's Jason Patison. The 32-year old MAV-TV programming director recently dominated the featured 75-lap Lucas Oil Modified race, earning his first Irwindale Speedway main event career victory.
Returning after a four-year break from racing, Jason Patison confirmed he was back, by dominating the LoanMart Hot August 75 race at Irwindale Speedway
"It felt great to take the win at Irwindale, on top of everything, it was my grandfather's birthday," said Patison. "My grandpa has always supported me and been my biggest fan, I told him before the race I was going to try my best to get him the trophy for his birthday, and it felt amazing to do that for him."
Although it was his first main even win at the Irwindale Speedway, it was definitely not his first series win. The Lucas Oil Modified series began in 2006 and in that initial season Patison won five times and became the series' inaugural champion.
"After that I moved on and ran the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for a couple years and then I took time off to concentrate on my career and family," explains Patison. "It feels great to be back in the seat of racecar on a regular basis and even better to once again be running up front."
At the Irwindale Speedway, the sixth of this year's nine races, two-time series champion Jim Mardis led the first five laps of the feature event, but Patison got the nose of his Lucas Oil/MAVTV STR Chevrolet in front at start-finish on lap 6. After that Patison surrendered the lead only once, to Chris Gerchman on lap 22, as the field regained its rhythm following the last of the event's two yellow flags. Once he got back in front Patison was able to open a comfortable lead. Lapped traffic allowed Gerchman and Tim Morse to close up occasionally, but neither offered any serious challenge. Patison took the checkered flag 0.517 seconds ahead of Gerchman.
"I can honestly say that I took racing for granted before, I didn't appreciate how fortunate I was to have the opportunity, now that I have matured, I really appreciate the ability to race and all of the people that help make it happen."
Helping to insure that his car remains up to the task of winning, Patison is using a new K&N reusable oil filter by Pure Power. The filter housing, bypass valve, and call plate on this technology rich oil filter are CNC machined from Billet Aluminum.
"The new SS filter is just one more great product from a manufacturer whose filters were second to none already," comments Patison. "Going all the way back to my days of dirt racing, back in the late 90's, I have always used K&N products on my racecars and I will never use another brand of filter."
Last Saturday Jason Patison was back in action at I-10 speedway in Blythe, California. "We had another great run. We qualified 1st, finished 2nd and we move up to 3rd in the points," he adds. "We head out to Havasu 95 Speedway on October 19th for round 8 of the Lucas Oil Modified Series."