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James Pritchard, Jr. Ready For Busch East Season To Start A move many years in the making has been made as James Pritchard Motorsports has handed the keys to the family car to eighteen year-old James Pritchard, Jr. The driver of the No.

James Pritchard, Jr. Ready For Busch East Season To Start

A move many years in the making has been made as James Pritchard Motorsports has handed the keys to the family car to eighteen year-old James Pritchard, Jr. The driver of the No. 41 Mannings USA Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS will make his NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series debut on Saturday, April 28 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.

The younger Pritchard comes to Busch East after successful stints in Factory Stocks and Modfieds at the short tracks of eastern Pennsylvania. He's no stranger to Busch East cars, though. He's logged testing laps in the Mannings USA car over the course of the last two years in addition to wrenching on the cars at the team's Dover, New Jersey shop and serving as crew chief at the track.

His season has already gotten underway with a test session at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

"The test met everyone's expectations," he said. "We were fast and we found some bugs in the car that we've taken care of back at the shop. Now that those are taken care of, we're ready to go racing. The guys are ready to get back to the track, and I wish I could be there right now."

Pritchard, who also has go-kart and motorcross racing in his background, is part of a sizeable Rookie of the Year class in the Busch East Series. Many of the other twelve registered rookie candidates are racing for Nextel Cup operations with sizeable resources.

"I'm David, and they're Goliath," he said. "They'll have all the best stuff and a lot of money behind them. The difference in equipment will show at the bigger tracks, but at the short tracks, it'll be driver versus driver. I'll have a good car, a good setup, and a good crew behind me so I should be able to run right up there with them."

Pritchard's season can be followed on television as many races will be televised live on HDNet television as well as on SpeedTV. Greenville-Pickens' race will be shown on Speed on Wednesday, May 15th, at noon.

-credit: jpm

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