Kansas: Tony Jackson Jr. preview

No Place like Home for Tony Jackson Jr. Tony Jackson Jr. has run hundreds of races over the last dozen years in and around the Missouri area he calls home, but this Sunday he will make the biggest start of his career when he takes the green flag...

No Place like Home for Tony Jackson Jr.

Tony Jackson Jr. has run hundreds of races over the last dozen years in and around the Missouri area he calls home, but this Sunday he will make the biggest start of his career when he takes the green flag in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the Kansas Speedway.

The Kansas Speedway is only about three hours from Tony's Lebanon, Missouri home and a large following for friends, fans and family are planning to make the trip to see Tony compete against tough competition in the NCWTS. "The phone has been ringing of the hook with friends and family asking me for tickets to the race," Jackson joked. "I think the word finally got out that we don't get piles of free tickets to these races because the last few calls have been people asking me where to buy them."

In preparation for the visit to Kansas, Tony recently tested his SS Green Light Racing No.07 Chevy at the Rockingham Speedway, NCWTS veteran driver Chad McCumbee was on hand to give Tony advice. "I think the test went pretty decent," explained Jackson. "We brought two trucks and we went back and forth to see which truck had the best feel."

"One truck was a tick faster and the other will probably run better in traffic. I felt it was a good test and I really and I appreciate Chad's help, he started in the top-five last year at Kansas in the No. 07 so I was glad he was there to help."

"I was able to put in quite a few laps and get some valuable seat time on a larger track," Jackson continued. "I've run a late model at Texas, but it's a whole lot different in the truck."

Crew Chief Jason Miller feels Jackson is ready, "Tony is doing great. I know how much it means to him to run good this week. We're going to give him a solid truck that he can be comfortable in and go out and finish on the lead lap. We should get a good finish if we stay out of trouble."

SS Green Light Racing General Manager Bobby Dotter is ready to get back to the track after a three week absence, "The guys in the shop are ready to go and I know that Tony is excited to race back home, My goal for Tony is to run all the laps and get comfortable racing on the big track."

Kansas is the second of seven scheduled races for Jackson with the SS Green Light No. 07 team this season. By running a seven-race schedule Jackson will retain his status for NCWTS rookie of the year in 2011.

-source: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter , Jason Miller , Chad McCumbee , Tony Jackson Jr.