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Day: 405 was the first to come to Memphis in four-years

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

As many Americans were recovering from the Christmas holiday by taking back any unwanted items, Street Mission debuted on Street Outlaws on the Discovery Channel the Monday night after Christmas. Street Mission was the craziest street race ever on the show, and it was episode No. 10 in season 8.

The Oklahoma City crew received a run for their money by the Memphis crew led by Jonathan “JJ Da Boss” Day.

Street Outlaws competitor Jonathan "JJ DaBoss" Day stands with Murder Nova and Big Chief on the Streets of Memphis
Jonathan “JJ DaBoss” Day stands with Murder Nova and Big Chief on the Streets of Memphis (Photo by Memphis Street Outlaw JJ DaBoss/Facebook)

“That race over there was on asphalt and the asphalt race is the closest you can get to the street,” Day said. “It goes back to when you talk to Big Willie out of California – it’s a brotherhood – and that’s what those guys raced on. That’s what street racing originated from. And I have to give them credit because those 405 guys came down here. They didn’t try to set anything up or make it anything that it wasn’t. They actually said they’ll race on our street – and that’s what they did. Most of the time – like the New Orleans guys, we went down there – they didn’t tell us where it was at or anything about it. I felt like a duck dead in the water. We didn’t know anything. The 405 guys came here and they raced on our street on our rules. No one has ever taken the challenge to come to our streets, as the 405 was the very first.”

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According to Day, the race came about after he raced against Justin “Big Chief” Shearer and Shawn “Murder Nova” Ellington in Cash Days.

“Justin and Shawn are real street racers,” Day said. “They don’t mind if they’ll race on blacktop or asphalt. Most of the other people – the New Orleans crew and the other guys – most of them are really no prep racers, or no prep stars, which is what we call them. They are not real street racers. If they were, they would have already come to Memphis, TN, because we have a lot of money to bet. We’re always racing, but they never showed up.”

Day said when the 405 crew went to Memphis, TN, it was the first time in four years that they received street racers coming to their street. He even said Kye Kelley committed to racing there two years ago, but never showed up.

“He said he would come here to Memphis, but he never showed,” Day added. “Most of the people, they want to have you dead in the water. Justin and the 405, who came to our street and went by our rules, I give them a lot of credit. Most of the people are afraid of racing on asphalt, you have to be a real street racer to do that.”

During the episode, there was a moment, before the action started, that Day put Acetone on one of the lanes. Shearer took offense to that and told Day not to put it down on the lane – and Big Chief kicked the can out of Day’s hand.

“That was Acetone because there was a lot of guys, who were racing that day, who put down VHT,” Day said. “That made it gluey, so I said let’s keep it street. So, I put the acetone down to bring the VHT up. Justin kicked the can out of my hand because he didn’t like that I was doing that. Justin and Murder Nova – their real street racers. That street is a public street and that day a lot of people had been there to race. Discovery Channel had gotten the street at a certain time, so there was a bunch of glue already down. I wanted to clean it so there would not be an accident.”

“JJ Da Boss” initially bet for Precious “Queen of the Streets” Cooper to face Chuck Seitsinger off the trailer. Then he changed it to Precious vs. James “Doc” Love, before making it Cooper against Chuck again. Precious would then defeat Chuck in the race.

“In street racing, you say one thing and you wait for a reaction,” Day mentioned. “If you’re a street racer, you know it’s like poker. Chuck did a lot to his car – but we’re not allowed to release any details.”

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Day was also the first individual on the show to bet Big Chief for his socks and shoes. “JJ Da Boss,” said he still has them after his team won a race during the bet.

“I got them at my house,” he said. “That was a legit street race. That was as legit a street race as I’ve ever been to. Every dollar was actually money and we did not give any money back. If you won the money, you took it home. The shows and socks, I actually have them at my house. They are in The Prostitute waiting for him to win them back. He has to come to the street to win them back.”

When they do race, it will not be in Shearer’s Crowmod. He announced on the Jan. 2, 2017 season finale that he was building a new car – but it’s not done yet.

The Crowmod is going on the shelf, unless he uses it at National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) races as he did at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Sept. at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.

“He’s building the new car and we have a race scheduled,” Day acknowledged. “It’s not done yet. But we’ll be racing for his socks and shoes when it’s done.”

On the show, it came down to Murder Nova winning the race for the 405 crew. Murder Nova defeated “JJ Da Boss,” as his back bumper hit the asphalt and it went down the track with his front end in the air – and barely missed hitting a tree, before getting the car back under control near halfway down the road.

“More than likely, we’ll be back on there,” Day said. “We’re real street racers. If we have to go where it’s a show deal, then no, unless it’s with the 405 again. But if Big Chief allows us to go and it’s a real street race, then we’ll go. We’re not actors. We’re street racers. If work allows us to go, we would be willing to go to Oklahoma City on the show.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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