Tony Jackson Jr. Overheats in Texas Fort Worth, TX -- June 4, 2010. Tony Jackson Jr. looked poised for a solid finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400k on Friday night at the Texas Motor Speedway. But a ...
Tony Jackson Jr. Overheats in Texas
Fort Worth, TX -- June 4, 2010. Tony Jackson Jr. looked poised for a solid finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400k on Friday night at the Texas Motor Speedway. But a harmless looking incident on track cost the rookie driver a near certain top-ten.
In only his third start in the NCWTS, Jackson looked more like a veteran than an unseasoned rookie posting the eighth quickest speed in Thursdays practice sessions and qualified the SS Green Light Racing No. 07 in fifteenth place.
The temperatures on Friday reached 95 degrees at the track, one of the reasons the tucks race at night at the fast mile and a half quad-oval just north of Dallas.
At the start of the race, Jackson held his ground and ran solidly around fifteenth position, gaining experience and learning the feel of his Chevy truck at the fastest track he has ever run before.
Jackson had just come to the attention of the SS Green Light crew under green when an untimely caution came out on lap seventy-seven, trapping Tony and several other trucks two laps down to a handful of trucks that had not yet come to the pits. Crew Chief Jason Miller kept Jackson on the track, using the waive-around to put him only one lap behind the leaders in fifteenth place.
On lap eighty-six David Starr and Justin Lofton got together with Joe Aramendia directly in front of Tony. The Missouri driver made a great move to avoid the crashing trucks at the top of the racetrack and went low to miss the debris. Lofton's truck was running slow at the bottom of the track and as Tony drove through the smoke he clipped the right rear of Justin's truck with the left front of his Chevy.
The damage to the No. 07 looked superficial and cosmetic only when Jackson brought the truck to the attention of the SS Green Light crew for repairs following the incident.
Jackson continued on the track until lap 110 when the SS Green Light Racing Chevy began to overheat and loose power. Evidently debris from the accident had caused a small leak in the cooling system and the No. 07 slowly ran out of water causing the overheating and eventually put Jackson behind the wall, resulting in a twenty-first place finish.
"The truck was great," Jackson explained. "I feel we could have easily had a top-ten truck, we took it easy for the first half of the race and I was able to get real comfortable in the truck."
"The guys did a great job, I'm really pleased with how we ran in practice, qualified in the top-fifteen and we were really good. I caught and passed some good trucks right before we had troubles."
It's funny how this stuff goes," Tony continued. "At Martinsville we scrapped and raced hard all day to get a top-twenty and tonight we drop-out with fifty laps to go and finish twenty-first."
SS Green Light Racing General Manager Bobby Dotter is pleased with Jackson's progress, "Tony really adapted well to the faster track and I thought he was going to have a great finish. He's come a long way in a short time."
"The guys checked the truck and didn't notice anything leaking when we pit after the incident," Dotter added. "We're not real sure when it started to loose water."
The next race for Tony Jackson Jr. in the SS Green Light No. 07 is July 16th in the Camping World 200 at the at the Gateway International Raceway in Tony's home state of Missouri.