It was all part of the Lancaster native's plan to move up and start typing the next achievement on his racing resume`.
"My goal is to race 305 Sprint Cars in 2015, and I need to save money this year so I can buy a car and motor and get ready for that move. I knew, if I kept the 600, that I would be tempted to race it this season and I just can't spend the money to do that if I'm going to achieve my next goal," said the son of 410 Sprint Car ace Doug Esh.
Just after Christmas, as the calendar flipped to a new year, fate stepped in with a terrific deal that would keep a helmet on Jared's head this summer - without putting a hurtin' on his wallet.
Chris Snyder, the Hyper Racing employee and former Micro-Sprint pilot turned car owner, was looking for a driver. He and Jared struck a deal to put the 20-year-old in Snyder's 600cc mount for the upcoming season - and both have set their sights on the 2014 point title in Lanco's tough 600cc Class.
"Chris had Ryan Morris in his car last year, and it was always really fast," noted Esh. "This deal will allow me to stay sharp by racing each week, and at Lanco, you know you're racing against full fields and probably the toughest weekly field of 600's anywhere. Chris and I feel we can win some races and we are goin' for the championship at the Clyde."
Snyder added, "Ryan (Morris) wanted to move up to bigger cars, so I was looking for someone to drive for me. And I've been impressed with Jared since he started in a Four-Stroke at Lanco. Since he got rid of his stuff, I figured it's a great opportunity for us to work together this year."
The duo also came up with an idea to honor someone who has been a great help to Jared, his dad, and who has given a great deal to the sport of Micro-Sprint racing in general as a longtime member of Lanco's Board of Directors.
Snyder's car - the Hyper that Jared Esh will stomp n' steer this season - will bear the number 83 in a tribute to former racer and longtime sponsor Rich Fox, who mentored Jared when he began his Micro-Sprint career because Doug Esh was busy winning Sprint Car races on Saturday nights. When Fox was claiming feature wins and championships in Lanco's 250cc Four-Stroke Class, his immaculate racecars wore the No. 83.
"Rich's business, Bud's Spring & Suspension of Lancaster, will be our main sponsor and he's done so much for me and for others that Chris and I wanted to do something in his honor, so we decided to run his number as a tribute."
While the team's primary focus will be on Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway and its 600cc point crown, Esh and Snyder also intend to do some wingless 600 dancing at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds on Wednesday evenings. Occasional trips to Path Valley Speedway may be on the No. 83's itinerary, too. Jared has circled the dates for Linda's National Open on his calendar as well, and there's no doubt that his 2013 success, combined with the knowledge that he'll be in top-notch equipment provided by Snyder, have the Harrisburg Area Community College student feeling very confident about his chances to run up front and win races this season.
In addition to the backing from Bud's Spring & Suspension, the Esh/Snyder combo will also receive support from Hyper Racing, Independent Performance, Willow Street Tire & Auto, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Macri Concrete, Abstract Associates of Lancaster, Chop Designs, Wex Rocks, Ken's Jewelry & Coin, and PPG Paints.
Doug Esh began his racing career in a 270cc Micro at Clyde Martin before he moved up - with sponsorship from Fox's business - to the bigger Sprint Cars. And so it was that his son, Jared, also started racing at the Clyde in 2010. At the tender age of 16, never having raced anything prior to buckling into a 250cc Four-Stroke Micro-Sprint, Jared quickly demonstrated a plentiful amount of natural ability and a willingness to learn from veterans. He captured the Clyde's 2010 Rookie of the Year award in the Four-Stroke division, the Best Appearing Car honor, and finished fifth in the point chase.
Esh followed up his Rookie of the Year laurels with a Four-Stroke Championship in 2011, stomping out the notion of a sophomore jinx. He scored a single feature win that season, his first career Micro-Sprint victory, and used an incredible string of consistent finishes to notch the title.
He moved to the 600cc Class in 2012 and surprised everyone, including himself, by winning the feature on August 18 at the Clyde - despite running just a partial schedule.
The 2013 campaign saw the recent home buyer (he now resides in Millersville, Pa.), blast to feature wins on June 29 and in Lanco's season finale` on September 14. He wound up ninth in the 600cc standings, an increase of 12 positions over the previous season. Esh was named the 600cc division's Most Improved Driver at the Lanco Awards Banquet last November.
"My ultimate goal is the 410 Sprint Cars, just like my dad," admits Jared. "But I'm taking things one step at a time. I want this season, my last in the 600's, to be a big one; hopefully we can get that championship at Lanco. Then, hopefully, I will go 305 Sprint Car racing next year. And we'll see what happens after that..."
Esh and Snyder are busily putting the final touches on their sharp looking No. 83 because, weather permitting, the new season at Lanco's Clyde Martin Speedway is inching closer and closer. The Clyde will open its gates for a practice session on Saturday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Opening Night follows on April 12, with gates opening at 3:30, warm-ups at 5:00, and the first heat of the new season goes green at 6 p.m.