WS: Kyle: Jeff Jefferson preview

Jefferson Rolling Into Texas Thunder NACHES, WASH. (April 15, 2008) Fresh off a third place finish last Thursday evening in round two of the NASCAR Camping World Series-West schedule at Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Jeff Jefferson is ready for his ...

Jefferson Rolling Into Texas Thunder

NACHES, WASH. (April 15, 2008) Fresh off a third place finish last Thursday evening in round two of the NASCAR Camping World Series-West schedule at Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Jeff Jefferson is ready for his first ever trip to the 'Lone Star' state for the running of the Allstate Texas Thunder "150" at Thunder Hill Raceway located outside of Kyle, Texas Saturday, April 19th.

After his third place effort at PIR, Jefferson now finds himself in third place in the point standings, and considering this is a brand new team, Jefferson is very excited. "I am very proud of the team and all the work each person has put into this season," Jefferson said. "Our goal the first part of this season is to finish every lap and that will keep us in contention. Since we are a new team, we have to qualify well and race well in order to get on the bonus plan and earn future provisional's if we need them."

Visiting a new track can be a challenge but Jefferson likes what he has heard about Thunder Hill. "From everything I have heard it is a fun track to race," Jefferson said. "The fans down there are some of the best and we cannot wait to meet them and put on a good show." Thunder Hill Raceway is a 3/8-mile banked paved oval.

Jefferson will rely on the team's collective wisdom and the guidance of team manager Chuck Carruthers to get the setup right. "Chuck has won a lot of races over the years and he understands short-track racing as good as anyone out there," Jefferson stated. "Even though we have never seen Thunder Hill, we have a pretty good idea of what will work."

The NCWS cars typically get tight later in the race so the strategy for MJ2 Racing is to ensure the car can roll through the corner the last third of the event. "Since we are not going to pit in this event," Jefferson said. "We know we will have to race hard late on worn tires, so getting through the center of the corner is crucial. If we can do that, then we will be there at the end. I know a win for our team is just around the corner and I would love to win at Thunder Hill."

Jefferson's goals are pretty simple for this race and the rest of the season. Finish every lap. "I want to leave Thunderhill second in the points," Jefferson said. "If we can do that then we are in good shape heading into Iowa and virtually locked into the top ten. Thunder Hill is the kind of track that I have won a lot of races on and I am looking forward to the race."

Jefferson drives a team car to Jim Warn and is sponsored by MJ2 Racing, Gran Prix Imports, and Leupold Optic. The car is powered by a Chevrolet NASCAR Spec Engine and sits atop a Hopkins chassis. Jefferson has 26 career NCWS starts with two wins, 8 top five and 13 top ten finishes along with two Coors Light Pole Awards.

-credit: mj2r

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