SES: Greenville-Pickens II: JR Norris preview

JR Norris Ready For 'Last Dance' at Greenville-Pickens Speedway Barring No More Rain, Final NASCAR Southeast Series Champion To Be Decided CONCORD, NC (September 15, 2006) -- Thanks to Mother Nature, JR Norris has had to put his...

JR Norris Ready For 'Last Dance' at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Barring No More Rain, Final NASCAR Southeast Series Champion To Be Decided

CONCORD, NC (September 15, 2006) -- Thanks to Mother Nature, JR Norris has had to put his championship aspirations on hold for a little over a month. Now, barring a return trip from the lady in the sky, Norris will get the shot of his lifetime; the opportunity to finally claim his first, and what will be the last, NASCAR Southeast Series Championship.

When the Southeast Series takes to the track Saturday, September 23 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, it will be for the final time as NASCAR is disbanding the Elite Division after the 2006 season. And Norris wants to be the one who is remembered as the last NASCAR Southeast Series Champion.

"I am very excited about next weekend and the end of the championship chase," said Norris. "I have been thinking about it all week. We have learned a lot since the last time we were at Greenville. I really think that we have improved our car and I think that we will be really good come Saturday."

While Norris knows to some extent who his competition is out on the track for the championship in friend Jason Hogan (who is 15 points behind Norris for the top spot), he will also have a familiar rival return and try to make the championship hunt a little bit tougher.

"I am really excited that (former Southeast Series Champion) Jeff Fultz is going to run the final race. He has always been good (at Greenville). He has won the last six races that he has raced there. I have won the last two, but I really want to know how good I am there, and see if I can beat him. He is probably one of the toughest guys to race with. If I can run with him or if I can beat him on the track, then I will feel like that the improvements that we made on the car and within ourselves were really good improvements.

"Fultz is a respectable man. His whole purpose is racing to win. We all know that, but at the same time if we are all racing together, I don't think he will do anything to jeopardize my or Jason's championship chase."

Because of the amount of time that Norris has had to wait to try and get his first championship since the Greenville race was originally supposed to run on August 12, it's made him that much more eager to hurry up an get back on the track.

"I want it really bad," added Norris of the final Southeast Series title. "I can't even describe how much I want the championship. I know there has been only four races in the 2006 season, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still the last race of the series and the championship race.

"Having to wait so long for it has made the anticipation worse. I've just sat around and had to think about it a lot longer and that's all I have been doing. I've been thinking about what it would be like to be the champion and getting to go to New York. It would also be pretty cool to be announced as the NASCAR Southeast Series champion at the Toyota All-Star Showdown later this year. We just have to get it done on the track and the points will fall into place."

The NASCAR Southeast Series finale will be held Saturday, September 23 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. The race is scheduled for a 8pm start.

-credit: www.jrnorris.com

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