JR Norris Dominates Start to Finish In Winning At Caraway 24-Year-Old Collects Third Career Southeast Series Win, Takes Over Points Lead HUEYTOWN, AL (July 18, 2005) -- There is sometimes no stopping a driver when he's determined. On...
JR Norris Dominates Start to Finish In Winning At Caraway
24-Year-Old Collects Third Career Southeast Series Win, Takes Over Points Lead
HUEYTOWN, AL (July 18, 2005) -- There is sometimes no stopping a driver when he's determined. On Saturday night, NASCAR Southeast Series driver JR Norris was determined, to say the least.
Norris was determined to win at Caraway Speedway (NC) after having the fastest car last week at Music City Motorplex (Nashville, TN), but failing to capture the victory when a tire went down and he and the team had to pit under green.
Norris was determined to win at Caraway Speedway, a half-mile short track, after his only other two career Southeast Series victories have come on the schedule's superspeedways. Entering Saturday night, Norris' two previous career wins came at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway.
Sometimes, there is no stopping a driver when he is determined.
On Saturday night, in the Caraway 150, Norris dominated. After starting on the outside pole, Norris jumped to the lead on lap one and, literally, never looked back. At the end of 154 laps, Norris earned his third-career Southeast Series win, and first on a short track, leading every lap.
"This has been a long time coming," said Norris. "It was a long and hot day because it was around 100 degrees, but it was well worth it. Hopefully this will show people I can drive on whatever type of track I race on."
Even with a total of five cautions during the race, and one that set up a green-white-checkered finish after the scheduled 150-lap distance, no one could catch the high-flying Norris.
"Last Friday (at Nashville) was really a heartbreaker for us because we had such a dominant car until we had to make an unscheduled pit stop and lost a couple laps. I was thinking the same thing when I saw that last caution flag and knew I was going to have to hold off those guys through a green-white-checkered finish. I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me,' because we've got too good of a team to have that kind of bad luck two weeks in a row.
"I have had a lot practice with restarts and I have been taught by some of the best. They call Ron Hornaday 'Mr. Restart' and they also call me that too. Restarts make you or they can break you. You just have to make sure you get a good smooth restart and get one or two car lengths on your competitors and that's it. That's what allowed me to win this race."
There was another perk to Norris' dominating victory. With the win, Norris jumped from third to first in Southeast Series championship point standings for the first time this year and the first time in his career. He leads Dusty Williams by one point.
"We had a good car all day," added Norris. "It was an awesome night and you couldn't ask for it to go any better. We needed to get out front early here and we did.
"We have been working for more than year and half too finally put this thing were it belongs in victory lane. Hopefully we can get a couple more wins now. It was also a good points night for us. We can put this baby to rest for two or three weeks and get ready to go to Greenville, were we can hopefully get a good finish there too."
The Southeast Series will now take a couple of weeks off before returning to action at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. That 150-lap race is set to take place on August 13th.