SES: JR Norris All-Star Showdown preview

JR Norris Ready To Wrap Up Fairy Tale at Irwindale Young All-Star Heads to All-Star Showdown in California CONCORD, NC (October 12, 2006) - This year has already been a Cinderella story for JR Norris. At the beginning of the 2006 season he...

JR Norris Ready To Wrap Up Fairy Tale at Irwindale
Young All-Star Heads to All-Star Showdown in California

CONCORD, NC (October 12, 2006) - This year has already been a Cinderella story for JR Norris. At the beginning of the 2006 season he wasn't sure where he was headed. Now, as the season winds down, he will leave this year with one of the ultimate accomplishments, as the 2006 NASCAR Southeast Series Champion.

The culmination of his fairy tale could come this weekend, as he now heads to one of the biggest races of the year, The Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. And he goes there as a champion.

"I am pretty excited to be heading to Irwindale," said Norris. "It's going to be cool to be announced as the Champion. Although, in the actual race, it doesn't mean a lot going there because it means that I have to start dead last in my heat race. They do the inversion, and so I have the most points.

"It will be fun, good experience, but it is still a race. I don't run a race unless I run to win. It's a costly race, so you have to make everything count once you get out there."

In the past, bad luck bit Norris at the track. He hopes that he will be able to turn that around this year and bring home his first victory the same way as he brought home his first career NASCAR Southeast Series Championship.

"We ran last year, and we had a lot of bad luck, but we had a really fast car. I think we have a good baseline to go back there with, and I think we will be better this year and should have a good chance to contend for the win."

The past week has been a rough one for JR and his #5 Victor Ford team. They have been mourning the lost of dear friend, and fellow NASCAR Southeast Series Champion, Charlie Bradberry. In a way, Norris is following in Charlie's footsteps, and he will keep Charlie in his heart as he heads to Irwindale.

"My lasting memory of Charlie will be the friendship I had with him. It is losing your best friend really," said Norris. "I grew up with Charlie hand-in-hand at the racetrack. We raced together in go-karts at the Talladega Dirt Track when we were nine years old. We grew up racing the same things. Everything he did, I did. Everything I did, he did. We always wanted to beat each other, but we still had a friendship and wanted to hang out when we weren't at the racetrack.

"Charlie will be on my mind as I head to California," added Norris. "He has raced there before, and he was always so successful whenever he raced. I will carry something on my car to honor him. I would like to win and dedicate it to him, but at the same time everyone is going to be going for the same thing that I am."

The Toyota All-Star Showdown will be held October 20th-21st. The events for both days will be aired live on SPEED Channel at 11:00pm on Friday and 10:00pm ET on Saturday Night.

-credit: www.jrnorris.com.

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Drivers Charlie Bradberry