PJ Jones: "These are the situations that are most frustrating, because there's no way we could have known to expect this problem. So much of racing is about preparing for all variables - for every action there's a reaction. You can't...
PJ Jones: "These are the situations that are most frustrating, because there's no way we could have known to expect this problem. So much of racing is about preparing for all variables - for every action there's a reaction. You can't prepare for a kill-switch breaking off during the middle of a qualifying run. It's a new part NASCAR has required in the car as a very valuable safety feature. It just boggles the mind that the wiring would affect whether we race or go home."
After signing hundreds of autographs Thursday at the "Food City Family Race Night," driver, PJ Jones, had a full day ahead of him Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch teams were only offered one practice session before qualifying and in that two-hour session, the set-up for both qualifying and the race had to be determined. Crew chief, George Church, and the #19 Yellow/Pameco crew made many adjustments including shocks, a rear gear and replacing a radiator. The team was ready for a strong qualifying run. Due to a little bit of cloud cover, many of the drivers who went out to qualify before Jones were running slightly faster times than they had recorded in practice. Jones was ready to give it everything he had when it was his turn to qualify.
During his two-lap qualifying run, the kill-switch connected to the steering wheel broke. Since it is connected to the car's wiring harness - the consequence was disastrous. An electrical short occurred causing the motor to skip. The speed and power PJ needed were no longer there and the lap times were not fast enough to make the field. Jones ended up being one spot away from receiving a provisional for the event.
Kevin Harvick won the event, his second victory this season. The next event in the NASCAR Busch Series takes place Saturday, September 2 at Darlington Raceway.