Jamie Ball

Ball Records First Podium Finish of Season at I-80 Speedway, Knoxville Opener Looms
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4/11/2017

4/11/2017

Inside Line Promotions


Ball Records First Podium Finish of Season at I-80 Speedway, Knoxville Opener Looms

Inside Line Promotions – GREENWOOD, Neb. (April 11, 2017) – Jamie Ball capped the Bug Eater Bash by earning his first podium finish of the season last Saturday at I-80 Speedway.

The Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprints doubleheader began on Friday, when Ball finished second in a heat race after starting on the pole.

“We started off the night great with a low pill draw,” he said. “We were fast and led every lap of the heat race except the last two corners. That caused us to miss the redraw and start midpack for the feature.”

The White Lightning Motorsports driver lined up on the outside of the sixth row in the A Main. Ball maneuvered his way into the top 10 before a driver error caused him to almost spin out and make contact with the guardrail, which ultimately sent him to the rear of the field. With several laps remaining, Ball rallied to salvage a 15th-place finish.

“We made some changes and the car was rolling the bottom nice,” he said. “My driver error and spin made for a disappointing night, but we learned a lot going forward for the second night.”

Ball rounded out the event on Saturday by winning a heat race to earn enough points to make the feature redraw.

“Again, we were able to draw a front row starting spot,” he said. “We got out front and led every lap of the heat race and earned a spot in the redraw. We were very confident going into the feature.”

Ball drew the third starting spot, which is where he remained throughout the feature to score his first podium finish of the season.

“We were running the bottom and maintaining our position,” he said. “I saw (Thomas) Kennedy Jr. pass us on the top and I knew I needed to move up and find a faster line. The cushion was right at the wall, so we were able to utilize that and a couple other line combinations to get past (Clint) Garner and cruise to a podium.

“That’s the best finish we have ever had at I-80 Speedway. It really boosted our team morale and gives us a lot of confidence heading into the season opener at Knoxville Raceway.”

Both White Lightning Motorsports drivers, Ball and Devin Kline, are slated to be in action at their home track of Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, this Saturday during the track’s season opener.

“This is the most excited and prepared we have ever been entering a season at Knoxville Raceway,” Ball said. “The team has every necessary piece assembled to contend for a Knoxville driver/owner championship, from upgrading our Fisher Racing Engine package to a supportive team who is ready to have a great season.”

Kline is moving up to the 360ci sprint car class after spending the last couple of seasons in the 305 division.

“I’m very excited and anxious, but more looking forward to racing with guys who have a lot of experience,” he said. “That’ll help my driving style and make me a better driver. We’ve got a lot of laps around Knoxville, so we just have to do what we do and make each time we go out there our best. Our goal is to receive the Rookie of the Year honors and contend for a top-10 finish in points standings this year.”

QUICK RESULTS –

April 7 – I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. – Heat race: 2 (1); Feature: 15 (12).

April 8 – I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. – Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 3 (3).

SEASON STATS –

3 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 3 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa

MEDIA LINKS –

Jamie Ball Website: http://www.JamieBall.com

Devin Kline Website: http://www.DevinKline.com

Jamie Ball Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieBall5j

Devin Kline Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DevinKline5j

APPAREL –

White Lightning Motorsports has t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase at their race trailers in the infield of each sprint car event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

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White Lightning Motorsports would also like to thank Housby, JJ Kane Auctioneers, Timber Line Tree Service, The Hearing Clinic, Iowa State Savings Bank, Ostrich Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, Hooker Harness, MyRacePass, Sweet Manufacturing, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Fragola Performance Systems, Hoosier Tire, MPD Racing, Bell Helmets, Sign Pro of Newton, Shell Shock, Maxim Chassis, Hinchman Racewear, Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) and Allen Construction for their continued support.

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