SIXTH IN MODIFIED SUPER WEEKEND!
(May 14, 2017) Arizona native Jeremy Payne was
once again behind the wheel of one of Johnny Saathoff's #96jp
IMCA Modifieds on May 12-13 in the inaugural 'Modified Super Weekend'
at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa. Jeremy placed third in his
first heat race on Friday night and later finished second in his
final prelim of the evening. After racking up the thirteenth most
passing points, Jeremy won his B-Main on Saturday to transfer
into the huge $50,000 to win headliner. During the course of the
50-lap affair, JP was able to maneuver past seven competitors
en route to a strong sixth place performance in the IMCA biggie
behind only victor Kyle Strickler, Hunter Marriott, Johnny Scott,
Chris Simpson, and Jordan Grabouski! Full results from the 'Modified
Super Weekend' can be accessed online at www.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com.
RETURNS TO ACTION AT EAGLE
16, 2017) Jeremy Payne took car owner Johnny Saathoff
up on his offer to pilot a #96jp IMCA Modified on April 14-15
at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Nebraska. Following a rain-out of the
'IceBreaker' opener on Friday night, Saturday's $3,000 to win
program went off without a hitch. Jeremy won his heat race in
preliminary action and later started the A-Main from the inside
of the fifth row. JP was then able to work his way past a couple
of competitors during the headliner en route to a solid seventh
place showing. Complete results from last night at Eagle Raceway
can be viewed online at www.eagleraceway.com.
#186 TEAM TO FOCUS ON FAMILY
7, 2016) Jeremy Payne Racing announced today that they
plan to suspend their racing operation, as Jeremy Payne turns
attention to his family. While Dirt Late Model and Open Wheel
Modified driver Jeremy Payne does not know if the decision will
be permanent, he states that the timing was right to capitalize
on the sale of equipment. Payne's decision comes on the heels
of his record-setting fifth career 'Duel in the Desert' victory,
which came November 12th when he drove Johnny Saathoff's #96jp
Modified to a $7,777.77 payday at the pristine Dirt Track at Las
Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway!
"It was a tough decision to make for sure, but something
I need to do at this time," commented Payne today via telephone.
"My heart is still in racing and it always will be, but I
want to be at home more with my family now that I have a young
son (Greyson) and explore some other opportunities. I intend to
keep my options open and I'd like to think I'll be back behind
the wheel one day. I've been able to live out my dream for more
than half my life. That's not something many people get to do,
but my priorities have shifted as I've gotten older."
Payne, who began racing at 8 years old, knows it is only with
the support of sponsors that his career has been possible. "I
have to thank so many people for their support of my racing. First
and foremost, BB (Bryan Burch,) who is just as much part of this
team as I am. Additionally, Chad Wheeler and Wheeler Metals, Joe
Garrison at GRT Race Cars, Randy Davidson Trucking, Allgayer,
Inc., Keyser Manufacturing, Lucas Oil Products, as well as Jeff
Taylor and Johnny "Jet" Saathoff and the countless others
who have all been instrumental in my racing career. I also have
to thank my entire family and crew for their help and sacrifice,
as well as all of my loyal fans."
FIFTH DUEL IN THE DESERT WIN!
13, 2016) Jeremy Payne concluded his 2016 racing season
in triumphant fashion from November 10-12 by picking up his fifth
career 'Duel in the Desert' title at the pristine Dirt Track at
Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada! Aboard Johnny Saathoff's
#96jp machine, Jeremy ran fifth in Thursday's qualifying feature
before claiming a third place performance in Friday night's A-qualifier.
After starting tenth in Saturday's 40-lap 'Duel in the Desert'
headliner, JP drove to the front and grabbed the top spot shortly
before the halfway mark. He then went on to dominate the second
half of the race to record the $7,777.77 triumph over Tim Ward,
Johnny Saathoff, Johnny Scott, and Peyton Taylor! Full results
from the season-ending weekend can be accessed online at www.lvms.com.
(Jeff Speer Photo)