Barre, VT – After what has been a tough start to the season, DJ Shaw and the #60 Precision JLM Racing team dominated in the Memorial Day Classic at the newly repaved Thunder Road International Speedbowl. Driving around the famous short track in record breaking times threw a few different issues at the teams in the Pro All Stars Series, tires being the most important one as the new surface was tearing apart their Hoosier rubber. Shaw’s team was able to figure it out though, as they outlasted the field for their first win in what has been a slow start for the defending champion and ended a year long drought from Victory Lane.
“A win at Thunder Road feels awesome. My track record is not great here and the new pavement helped me I guess,” Shaw said after the race, “That’s a bonus and it was a lot of fun to drive on. We came out of here without a mark on the car and didn’t hit the wall. I’m happy.”
In his heat race, Shaw started at the front and had a great run into the first corner to take the lead. He drove away from the field handily and brought home the heat win. In doing so, he set the fastest lap around Thunder Road with a lap time of 11.571 seconds. The heat win gave Shaw the outside of the front row for the 125 lap feature event.
On the start, Shaw was able to get the jump around the outside of Travis Benjamin. After just two laps, the field was slowed for the first yellow of the race. Shaw was able to get ahead of Nick Sweet on the restart, and drive away with the lead once again. The race saw two more quick cautions in the first 30 laps, with Shaw and Sweet putting on a show for the fans during each restart. After a yellow flag on lap 26, the field stayed green until the competition caution on lap 50 to check the tires that were being put to the test with the new surface at Thunder Road.
After the short break, the race resumed and Shaw drove out to the lead once again, but the field slowed again after a caution on lap 54 after another competitor hit the frontstretch wall. The race went clean again until another yellow at lap 86 while Shaw had extended his lead over the field. Shaw got ahead of Tracy Gordon on the restart, and held the lead again to continue his dominating performance. After getting through two more restarts in the races final laps, Shaw was drive away at the finish to claim his first Memorial Day Classic victory!
With his victory, Shaw closes the gap between him and the points leaders in search for his third PASS North Championship. The next race for the Precision JLM Racing team will be next weekend on Saturday, June 3rd
at Speedway 660 in New Brunswick. The racing will begin at 6:30PM and the team is looking forward to another trip to Canada and are hopeful to continue with their strong momentum.