CHUCK BARNES JR. MAKES THE CUT OF 25 DRIVERS NAMED FOR ROUSH RACING "GONG SHOW" Louisville, KY (July 7, 2005) -- Chuck Barnes Jr. got a call this morning he hopes will give him the opportunity to change his life. A Roush Racing representative...
CHUCK BARNES JR. MAKES THE CUT OF 25 DRIVERS NAMED FOR ROUSH RACING "GONG SHOW"
Louisville, KY (July 7, 2005) -- Chuck Barnes Jr. got a call this morning he hopes will give him the opportunity to change his life. A Roush Racing representative contacted Barnes to let him know that he had made the cut of 25 drivers that had been selected for the Roush Racing "Gong Show" that will be aired as a television show on the Discovery Channel this fall. Barnes, a Louisville, Kentucky native, was one of more than 1,700 original applicants to Roush Racing for the opportunity to compete for a ride with Roush Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. That list was narrowed down to 150. Barnes was notified he had made the 150 and had to submit a video highlight film and taped interviews. From those tapes and references, Roush Racing narrowed the list to the 25 drivers that will compete in there "Gong Show".
"It's a dream come true," remarked Barnes. "This is a great opportunity that I hope I can make the most of. It's going to be tough, the other 24 drivers selected all want the same thing that I want, I'll just have to do my best and hope things work out for me. I have to thank all those people who have helped me get to this point in my racing career, especially my parents!"
The "Gong Show" will be held during three weeks in August with the drivers actually driving Roush Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series trucks at a couple of different tracks that have not been named yet. Last year Roush Racing used the tracks at North Wilkesboro and Darlington for the "Gong Show" test.
"It was great news after a long weekend when unfortunately I didn't get to race much," stated Barnes. "I've been working hard on trying to finish my new car in order to race in the upcoming Anderson 400 CRA Super Series event, this will definitely help pick up my motivation to get my car done in order to get some racing in before August!"
Barnes was at Angola Motor Speedway with TK Racing helping test there cars last Friday for Saturday nights CRA Super Series show. Barnes was filling in for regular team driver Eddie Hoffman who could not make the test on Friday evening because of a race at Grundy County Speedway were Hoffman is competing for the season championship. Barnes also helped test a car on Saturday at Angola Motor Speedway and got the opportunity to qualify and race the team's second car in the Hargus Mullins Firecracker 125, but had to park the car after nine laps with a vibration.
On Sunday Barnes drove to Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, North Carolina to compete in Monday's Future Cellular Big 10 125 lap event. Barnes was entered to drive a car owned by part-time CRA Super Series competitor Greg Boone, with whom Barnes is the Crew Chief. The team tested on Sunday evening and qualified fourth for the event Monday afternoon, unfortunately Mother Nature intervened and the race was rained out.