Homestead: Eric Jones qualifying notes

Jones to Start 29th in NCTS Ford 200 at Homestead Homestead, FL Eric Jones qualified the Team EJP Chevrolet Silverado in the 29th position for the season-ending Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the newly reconfigured...

Jones to Start 29th in NCTS Ford 200 at Homestead

Homestead, FL Eric Jones qualified the Team EJP Chevrolet Silverado in the 29th position for the season-ending Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway on Thursday. Jones' fast lap in qualifying was 32.690 seconds/164.574 miles per hour on the 1.5-mile oval. Bobby Hamilton won the pole with a lap of 31.905 seconds/169.252 miles per hour.

"We never had a chance to make a mock qualifying run in practice," Jones said. "There was a red flag late in practice and it held everyone up. We were just too far back in line to get on the track and the session ended. We had made a pretty big shock change, and we kept that setup for qualifying and it was really loose. We went through 12 turns on the three laps we were on the track for that qualifying run, and I about lost it in 10 of them! Being that loose probably cost us four or five tenths of a second on that run."

Jones improved his times in the final practice for the 134-lap event later in the evening. His fastest lap of the day was the last lap he turned on the track, a 32.454 seconds/166.389 miles per hour circuit. He credited the hard work the Team EJP Racing Team put in during the session as a major reason behind the team's performance.

"The guys changed shocks, springs and track bar," Jones said. "Just about everything you can try we did. And it really helped. We didn't want the truck to be too loose, because I think the surface will get a little slicker tomorrow. We'll have the Cup and Busch cars out there, and the sun is supposed to be out tomorrow. One concern we had was tire wear, but we made some changes to the setup to accommodate for that, and with the track taking more rubber every day, it isn't as much of a concern as it was Monday."

"It's nice to be in the hunt," Jones continued. "We ran those times on old tires, and we were out by ourselves. We think once we get in a pack we can stay right with the guys at the top of the sheet and be competitive.

The Ford 200 is scheduled to start at 3 P.M. Eastern, and will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel. It can be heard of MRN Radio affiliates nationwide and on NASCAR Radio XM 144 on XM Satellite Radio.

-www.teamejpracing.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Eric Jones