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Buckshot Jones Wants Happy End To Tough Season In NAPA 500 SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Atlanta Motor Speedway is the hometown track of Winston Cup rookie Buckshot Jones and it holds a lot of important milestones for him as a driver. Getting the...

Buckshot Jones Wants Happy End To Tough Season In NAPA 500

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Atlanta Motor Speedway is the hometown track of Winston Cup rookie Buckshot Jones and it holds a lot of important milestones for him as a driver. Getting the chance to return in November to compete in the NAPA 500 Winston Cup season finale is something Jones has been looking forward to for a couple of months. "Coming home and competing at this track is always something special," said Jones. "We get so much support from our family and friends and the fans are just terrific in Atlanta. I always have a lot to do the week of the race, but I usually try to come to home a couple of days early to spend some time with everyone." Coming home to see family and friends is one of the highlights of returning to Atlanta for Jones, but it is also great to return to a track where he has been successful. Jones has two top-five finishes in the NASCAR Busch Series at the track in 1997 and 1998. It was also the site of his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in November of 1997 and just last March he qualified seventh for the Cracker Barrel 500. "I think our team has a firm grasp on being successful at Atlanta," commented Jones. "I liked the track before they made the changes and I ran well then, but I like the new configuration as well. This has always been a track that I enjoyed driving and I think that's part of what makes us successful here. We had a strong qualifying run in the spring and started the race up front. Unfortunately, I had a fever that day and I got carbon monoxide poisoning and I had to drop out of the race with about 75 laps to go. It was unfortunate for us, but I'm ready to head back and finish the race up front." Jones grew up in Tucker, Ga., and attended college at the University of Georgia, graduating with a degree in Business Management. During college, he spent most of his time ditching the college football games to race at Lanier Raceway. In 1993, he began competing on the NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series and several other late model divisions. He scored his first victory in his home state in 1994 at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Ga. Jones will be competing full-time on the NASCAR Busch Series in 2000 as well as competing in a limited Winston Cup schedule. "I'm looking forward to next year," said Jones. "This has been a tough year both mentally and physically, but I am coming away from it with new experiences and new lessons. I want to end the year on good note and just getting back to my hometown is a good start."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Buckshot Jones