Mooresville, NC (Thursday, July 31st, 2003) - - Jay Robinson Racing, along with the NASCAR Busch Series returns to the great roots of short track racing as the teams will invade Indianapolis Raceway Park, located just outside of Indianapolis, ...
Mooresville, NC (Thursday, July 31st, 2003) - - Jay Robinson Racing, along with the NASCAR Busch Series returns to the great roots of short track racing as the teams will invade Indianapolis Raceway Park, located just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana for the running of the Kroger 200 this Saturday.
For Tammy Jo Kirk, driver of the No. 49 Advil Liqui-Gels Ford, she will be making her first NASCAR Busch Series start on a short track, while Jerry Reary, an impressive late model driver in North Carolina aims for his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the No. 39 Holiday Inn Ford.
"I'm excited about Saturday," said Jo Kirk. "Short track racing is what racing is all about and I am excited to behind the wheel of the Advil Liqui-Gels Ford as I battle for my first top ten in Busch competition."
For Reary, 41 this is an opportunity of a lifetime.
"I've very excited that Jay Robinson Racing has given me the opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series and in the No. 39 on Saturday," explained Reary. "I've raced late models with Jay Robinson (Car Owner), and Elaine Hughes (General Manager), so to be on the same side it's a great thing."
Both drivers, who are rookies in the NASCAR Busch Series feel fortunate to be racing the best with the best in the secondary series of NASCAR Winston Cup Racing.
"I wouldn't be here without the support of Jay Robinson Racing and my sponsor Advil Liqui-Gels," said Tammy. "There are a lot of great drivers out there, who are not racing, but I'm heading to the track this weekend, doing what I love, I'm very fortunate," she added.
"I've worked years to get where I am going this weekend," said Jerry. "I know too, that I would not be here without the support of Jay Robinson Racing, and the Holiday Inn as my sponsor, this is something I soon won't forget."
Short track is fierce. It's tight racing, high speeds, and close competition, and both JRR pilots know that in order to win, you have to be patient and consistent.
"IRP, is a very small track, and we'll have a full field of 43 on Saturday, I've jut got to use my head and keep out of trouble and bring this No. 49 Ford Taurus home in one piece, if we do that, we should have a good finish," mentioned Kirk.
"This is going to be my first NASCAR Busch Series start, and I've got a lot to learn, but short tracks are my specialty, so a top twenty finish would feel like a victory for me," continued Reary.
"I want to respect my other competitors, but I also want to race too, so we are going to race as clean as possible and try to be around in the end, when it counts," he added.
Heading into IRP, Tammy Jo Kirk has two NASCAR Busch Series starts to her credit. She is coming off a career best finish of 21st, last weekend at Pikes Peak. Jamie Mosley, who will pilot the JRR (Jay Robinson Racing) second entry, the No. 39 in a number of events in the second half is taking the weekend off, and will return to Busch action in two weeks at Michigan International Speedway.
Jay Robinson Racing, along with the other teams inch closer to the NASCAR Busch Series championship as they compete in Clermont, IN for the running of the Kroger 200 this Saturday, August 2nd, 2003 from IRP. TNT and MRN radio will have live coverage of the event beginning at 8:00pm EST.