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Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., quickly landed a ride for the June 4-6 Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational at Eldora Speedway, reuniting with former car owner James Rattliff just hours after learning he was one of the 44 drivers invited to participate in the Rossburg, Ohio, track’s spectator-free weekend that is topped by a 67-lap, $50,000-to-win feature.
The 35-year-old was the only racer on the invitation list — released Friday by Eldora officials — who did not have a car ready to enter in the event. He expressed uncertainty about his plans in an early afternoon interview with FloRacing, but soon afterward he received a call from Rattliff, who employed Jameson as the driver for his Campbellsville, Ky.-based Rattliff Racing from late 2016 through the end of the 2019 season, and a deal was clinched.
Rattliff’s veteran crew chief Jeff Gullett helped coordinate Jameson’s return to the team and confirmed the pairing to DirtonDirt.com. Gullett said Jameson will pilot one of the operation’s Pro Power-equipped XR1 Rocket cars that Rattliff’s son, Justin, is campaigning this season as the team’s lone driver.
Gullett, who will be with the team for Eldora’s Thursday and Friday preliminary programs but has to return home on Saturday to Harrodsburg, Ky., for his granddaughter’s second birthday party, said Justin Rattliff gave his blessing to bringing Jameson back for the weekend. Justin, who is not on the list of 25 drivers who are eligible for one of the final four berths in the Stream field that are being determined through fan voting, is expected to be part of the crew assisting Jameson at Eldora.