ANDERSON, S.C. – DJ Shaw and the No. 60 Precision JLM Racing team got their 2015 season kicked off at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, S.C. March 22. The "Peach Blossom Special" was the start of the Pro All Stars Series National schedule. The team faced plenty of adversity — they swapped cars twice, and fought through mechanical failures before calling it a night early in the 150 lap event after the brakes failed and ended the race in the 16th position.
The weekend started with the primary car's engine smoking in the first practice. The team turned around quick and rolled out the backup car, and showed plenty of speed throughout practice. However, the team found more engine issues with the backup car and went back to the primary car during the final practices of the day.
After practice the team had to change radiators and turn it around quickly before qualifying. Shaw, who lives in Center Conway, was only able to qualify 16th, but felt like he had a good piece to run the race with.
After just 20 laps, Shaw stormed through the field and cracked into the top five. As soon as he did though, the brakes failed on the 60 Precision JLM car, and Shaw fought brake fade for the rest of the night before bringing the car in for good with 15 laps remaining, finishing in the 16th position.
"We learned a lot about the car this weekend, and I'm glad we were able to get the issues of the way now rather than when we are points racing in the north," Shaw said after the race, "Still it's disappointing because we had a really good car and were just saving our stuff, but we know we were fast and we will be ready for the next one."
The No. 60 Precision JLM Racing car with DJ Shaw will begin their title defense at Oxford Plains Speedway on April 18 for the season-opener of the PASS North Series.
Shaw has had mixed results at Oxford Plains in recent years, but finished second there to secure the championship last fall.
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