BOONE – Jason Purvis has been racing now, of an on, for the better part of 25 years now and the one thing he’s best known for is being that guy in the pits you can always turn to if you need a little help.
It’s just a matter of whether or not he’s at your track:
“I raced Boone most of my career but we kind of just jump around and go where we want … We race all over. I made the trip to Bristol this year.
“We race Boone, Stuart, [Hamilton County Speedway], [I-35 Speedway] in Winston, Missouri, Marshalltown – pretty much just wherever we wanna go.”
Now 39 years old – he’ll turn the big 4-0 later this season – Jason got his start when he was just 16 years old after watching his father race:
“My family has been involved in racing for many years before I was born. So, family tradition kind of took over and I followed footsteps.
“My dad was my biggest influence My love for racing is mainly the people I have met and helping others. It drives me to be a better racer and even better builder.”
While he currently races a stock car, Jason has raced a lot of different divisions over the years, including:
- mini stocks,
- factory stocks ,
- hobby stocks,
- northern sportmods, and
There’s still one division he says he wouldn’t mind giving a try:
“Honestly, if I could race any class I haven’t, I would have to say it would be a sprint car. But I’m not sure that is in the books for us ever.”
Jason has had a number of rough nights, as you might expect over a lengthy racing career. In 2001, one of the scariest moments came when he flipped a modified he was racing at a track in Arkansas and ended upside down. Another of those scary moments – at Boone Speedway – led to him building his own chassis:
“I rolled a hobby stock at Boone and the cage came down on me pretty bad. That was pretty scary. So at that moment I decided start building my own cars.”
Thus began Voodoo Chassis. It’s not a big company – it doesn’t have a website or even a Facebook page – but it’s got a solid core of loyal racing customers:
“I have been asked over and over about why I think my chassis are better and my answer is, ‘… and everything.’ My cars are not special, but my tech support is what I thrive on.”
That’s because Jason is a “helper,” admittedly almost to a fault:
“The biggest challenge for me in racing is trying to focus on my own program and not moving my focus onto helping others. I try hard to do both and make it work. But I enjoy helping others as much as I do helping myself.”
This year, Jason says his focus is on having fun and getting back to racing as a family again:
“My whole family is so passionate about racing and seeing me succeed that my goal is to do it as a family again.
“My family has been the best support anyone can have. We do what we can on a very low budget and make the best out of it.
“My long-term goals of racing is just to be as successful as I can, and pass the torch to my kids if they want to take it.”
Jason says he would also like to thank everyone who has helped him along his own racing journey. He also thanks the fans who come out to watch the races and support their local tracks:
“If it wasn’t for them, we would not be able to do what we love. As well I would like to thank every customer who has supported Voodoo Chassis over the years. And the ones who continue to do so. Each and every one of them have made us who we are. I hope to see ya all at the races.”
For more information about Voodoo Chassis, contact Jason through his personal Facebook page (click HERE). You can also follow his racing results this season on that page.
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