ADDISON, NY — Overcoming adversity. That was the 2016 season in summary for Addison, NY dirt track ace Stacey Jackson. Jackson has long been a racer in the Southern Tier of New York State, but truly had an up and down campaign last season. The veteran joined Turn 5 Live on the Performance Motorsports Network Tuesday night to announce he’s returning to Modifieds at Woodhull next season.
Before last season even started, Jackson suffered the loss of his father Steve which prompted Jackson and his brother to race on in memory of the man who was their biggest supporter. Jackson started the season at Woodhull without lady luck on his side, not qualifying on occasion and completely destroying a car that required a new frame from the cockpit forward.
But after all of the bad luck was finally out of the way, Jackson went on to have a great season. He went on to score wins at both of his home tracks of Woodhull and Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, NY. The Jackson team traveled the Grit Racing Series for Crate Sportsman Modifieds, finishing fifth in points just one marker behind fourth place Dustin Jordan.
But late in the season, Jackson’s friend Bill Hendershot entered the fold and helped the team take big steps forward in the equipment department. The team didn’t buy brand new, but purchased quality chassis with new parts and set themselves up well to compete at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week as well as the SDW satellite shows.
It was those races on Hoosier tires that has prompted Jackson to chase the DIRTcar Sportsman tour in 2017, in addition to his Modified schedule at Woodhull. In order to chase the DIRTcar Series though, Jackson will have to pick a DIRTcar Sportsman home track to accrue bonus points. Jackson revealed Tuesday night that he will travel to Freedom on Friday nights for DIRTcar points.
It will truly be a season of change for Stacey Jackson and team. A return to Modifieds is a return to Jackson’s roots in the sport, and he will be exciting to watch as he draws back on his past experiences in a Modified.
Listen in as Jackson spent two segments with the cast from Turn 5 Live Tuesday night.
Part 1 of our 2 part interview with Stacey Jackson
Part 2 of our 2 part interview with Stacey Jackson
About the Writer
Steven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday on the Performance Motorsports Network.
Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
The 30-year-old has a career in the growing health care business world, and is also entering his second season as the full-time announcer and media director for Woodhull Raceway in Woodhull, N.Y.
In addition, Ovens was formerly the announcer and media director for Outlaw Speedway (formerly Black Rock Speedway) in Dundee, N.Y., serving in that capacity in both 2015 and 2016.
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