Championship Drive: Jesse James Lawson


Championship Drive: Jesse James Lawson

The Teleperformance Street Stock resurgence was in full force in 2019.  Among the new faces in the division was Caldwell, Idaho racer Jesse James Lawson behind the wheel of a flat black Dillon Plumbing, Jump Time Idaho, Pulse Real Estate Group, 4S Concrete, Antlers Boutique Chevrolet Camaro.  Adorned with the number 92—an unintentional nod to previous division dominator Melissa Weaver–Lawson’s car needed to be fast. 

And fast it was.  Lawson outdueled defending champion Josh Fanopoulos to win his first race in the division.  His second, third, fourth, and fifth would follow.  But Lawson faced ever increasing pressure up front as young Taylor Occhipinti raced his way into the title fight.  With a year of experience under his belt Occhipinti was the first to break Lawson’s five race win streak, and in doing so would be the only driver to outscore Lawson until the season’s final race.     

Lawson responded by winning three of the division’s next five features.  With the division title firmly in hand Lawson cruised through September and into October’s season-ending Trunk or Treat with nearly 200 points in hand over Occhipinti.  After a strong top-five showing in the first of three features Lawson was sidelined by an early crash in the second.  With Occhipinti threatening, Lawson hopped in fellow competitor Sam Newcomer’s car to complete the final feature of the season and score enough points to stay atop the standings.