HILLSBORO, NH : Jake Matheson Racing clinched the INEX/US Legend Cars Young Lions
national championship title on Oct. 27 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Last season we set the goal to be a contender for the 2018 national title,” Matheson said. “It took a lot of effort, but we made it.” He added, “We went into the weekend ranked third behind two very tough competitors. So, I had my work cut out for me.”
Matheson and his team are accustomed to hard work, having raced his SignWorks New
England Legend Car in more than 30 races at 11 different tracks across the country. During the course of the season, he earned six feature wins and over 20 top five finishes. In addition, Jake is the 2018 Legend Car Champion at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts, where he ran their weekly Fast Fridays Series.
At the end of the regular season, Matheson was third in the national point standings. His
bid for the title would come down to the championship race at The Bullring. More than 100 drivers from the U.S. and abroad gathered in the Nevada desert to compete for INEX titles. “I knew I had to finish ahead of the other two points leaders to secure the championship”, explained Matheson. Patience was key in the caution filled race that took more than hour to complete. Matheson maintained the third position for many laps, waiting for a chance to pass the #97 car of Daniel Silvestri. The opening came with just two laps left to go in the race. Matheson passed the #97 car to finish second in the race and to clinch the #1 position in the country.
“This achievement would not have been possible without the dedication of my family and partners. I want to thank my Crew Chief, Keith Matheson, who spend countless hours in the garage working on the car. Also, 860 Motorsports for their technical guidance. Thanks to all my Partners SignWorks New England, TM&M Services, Epsom Tool Rental, Dugre’s Auto Repair, Blue Wave Recreation, Bedford Barber Shop and Liberty House.”
About Jake Matheson Racing:
Jake Matheson Racing is based in Hillsboro, NH. Jake, a 15 year old semi-pro racer, is the 2018 national champion in the US Legend Cars Young Lion Division, as well as the 2018 Legend Car Champ at Seekonk Speedway. For More Information on Jake Matheson Racing follow the team at www.jakemathesonracing.com, on Facebook at Jake Matheson Racing and on Instagram @jake_matheson_racing.
INEX is the third largest short track sanctioning body behind NASCAR Weekly
Racing and International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) with more than 3,500 members. INEX annually sanctions more than 2,500 races at more than 300 different tracks throughout the world. For more info go to www.uslegendcars.com.
– Jake Matheson Racing press release