Jarit Johnson makes debut at Martinsville

Jarit Johnson to make debut at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Mooresville, N.C. (October 18, 2005) - Jarit Johnson will make his first-ever start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway when he pilots the No. 08 Levi Strauss...

Jarit Johnson to make debut at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Mooresville, N.C. (October 18, 2005) - Jarit Johnson will make his first-ever start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway when he pilots the No. 08 Levi Strauss Signature Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race on Saturday.

Johnson, who made his NCTS debut a few weeks ago at Richmond International Raceway, will drive for the SS Racing Team in alliance with Green Light Racing for his second of two starts this year. Johnson's goal this weekend is clear: a spot in the top 10.

"In the Richmond race, we just wanted to finish and earn the respect of the veteran drivers," said Johnson. "We accomplished that goal; this time we're looking for a top-10 finish."

Like Richmond, Johnson will once again be lead by crew chief, Carl Hartman, who has worked with drivers such as three-time ASA champion Butch Miller and the late Adam Petty.

"Jarit and I are communicating very well," said Hartman, who, like Johnson, is gaining valuable experience in every NCTS race he participates in. "He provides excellent feedback and remains as calm and focused as a seasoned veteran."

Levi Strauss Signature continues to support Johnson in his NCTS efforts and will once again serve as his primary sponsor at Martinsville. Levis Strauss Signature is also an associate sponsor with Jarit's brother, Jimmie, in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

"Levi Strauss Signature has been a big supporter of my family since the beginning of last year," said Jarit Johnson. "I'm very grateful for its support of these NCTS races along with its support of my brothers, Jimmie and Jessie."

Johnson continues his rise through the tough ranks of motorsports and is looking forward to adding Martinsville to his resume.

"I tested up there a few weeks ago and really liked the track," added Jarit Johnson. "I'm looking forward to this race and feeling good about it."

The race will be broadcast live Saturday, October 22 at 1pm EST on SPEED Channel.

-www.SSRacingOnline.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Adam Petty , Butch Miller , Jarit Johnson