Homestead: Eric Jones race notes

Eric Jones Finishes 14th in NCTS Season Finale Ford 200 at Homestead Homestead, FL Eric Jones drove the Team EJP Chevrolet Silverado to a 14th-place finish in the season-ending Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the newly...

Eric Jones Finishes 14th in NCTS Season Finale Ford 200 at Homestead

Homestead, FL Eric Jones drove the Team EJP Chevrolet Silverado to a 14th-place finish in the season-ending Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the newly reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday. Jones gained 15 positions during the afternoon's 134-lap contest after starting 29th. Bobby Hamilton won the race on the newly reconfigured 1.5-mile oval.

"What a day," Jones said after the race. "It started off right away when the 7 truck spun right in front of us. We just missed that one, but we got passed it. The truck was handling good, but we were a little tight in traffic. We made an air pressure adjustment and the truck really responded to it, but we got caught a lap down after that long green flag run. After we made our adjustments on the pit stop, we were as good as just about anyone out there. If not for the bad timing on the cautions, I really think we had a top-10 truck."

Jones nearly got caught up in the biggest caution of the day, the lap 101 restart that took out championship contender Brendan Gaughan.

"We barely missed that wreck on the restart," Jones said. "There was debris all over the place, and I was sure we ran through some of it. I was really careful because we had just gotten the tires to come in for us. We were loose on stickers and as they scuffed in, the truck would get better and better. We had just put those tires on the truck three laps earlier, and I didn't want to damage the tires at that point."

"It was a tight battle at the end with some of those guys trying to get back to the first truck one lap down," Jones said. "We never had track position, which was unfortunate, because we were faster than a couple of the guys that got the lucky dog pass."

Jones and Team EJP Racing both achieved their career best finish earlier in the season, a sixth-place effort at Kansas Speedway in July, and look forward to bettering that achievement next season.

"We have a great team put together and all the pieces are in place," Jones said. "We have had some pretty positive conversations with some prospective sponsors. I think something will come together that lets us get up there and run with these guys on a more regular basis in 2004."

-www.teamejpracing.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Brendan Gaughan , Eric Jones