SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Looking back to May, it was a cold, rainy day at New Hampshire International Speedway. Buckshot Jones qualified for the Gumout Long Life Formula 200 in 26th position, but was determined to make his way to the front. This...
SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Looking back to May, it was a cold, rainy day at New Hampshire International Speedway. Buckshot Jones qualified for the Gumout Long Life Formula 200 in 26th position, but was determined to make his way to the front. This idea was cut short when a chain reaction accident took place on the first lap, causing damage to the No.00 machine. But Jones did not give up. He patiently made his way through traffic and took the lead on lap 140. Perseverance and patience paid off for the young driver as he took the checkered flag and won his first NASCAR Busch Series race in 1998.
Flat, one-mile tracks are nothing new for Buckshot Jones. Jones won his first career NASCAR Busch Series race at The Milwaukee Mile in 1996. He had success at The Milwaukee Mile once again finishing seventh in 1998 as well as leading over 60 laps at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"I think every driver has a type of track that fits his driving style and flat, one-mile tracks seem to fit mine," said Jones. "We have been successful on these types of tracks in the NASCAR Busch Series and I hope that success follows me to the Winston Cup Series."
Jones will attempt to qualify for the New Hampshire 300 on August 30th in the No. 00 Aquafresh Chevrolet owned by Stavola Brothers Racing. He hopes his victories in the Busch Series will help him steer his Winston Cup car to a strong finish.
"The track was re-surfaced after the Busch Series competed there, so I think it will take some time to get used to," commented Jones. "All of my experiences in a Winston Cup car are new, even if I have competed on the track in the Busch Series. I am still trying to adjust to the difference in the cars."
Jones made his Winston Cup debut last November at Atlanta Motor Speedway with his family owned team. In 1998, he has had the opportunity to join forces with the Stavola Brothers Racing team to continue getting experience before he makes the jump to the Winston Cup Series full-time in 1999. Jones qualified 19th and finished eighth in only his second career Winston Cup start at Dover Downs in May and he qualified 19th and finished 27th at the Brickyard 400 in early August.
"I am happy about what we have achieved since I teamed up with Stavola Brothers Racing,"said Jones. "We're making races and I am gaining the experience I need to make the move to Winston Cup next year. It's been a great opportunity."
Buckshot Jones has faced challenges before at New Hampshire International Speedway and is looking forward his newest challenge. Look for Jones to pilot the No.00 Aquafresh Chevrolet to a solid finish at the New Hampshire 300.