USAR: Lakeland II: Jeff Fultz race report

Jeff Fultz & JCR3 Racing Team Show Pro Cup Muscle Three-Time Southeast Series Championship Team Wins Pole at Lakeland CHARLOTTE, NC (June 5, 2006) -- Jeff Fultz and the JCR3 race team have had a respectable start to their tenure in the USAR...

Jeff Fultz & JCR3 Racing Team Show Pro Cup Muscle
Three-Time Southeast Series Championship Team Wins Pole at Lakeland

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 5, 2006) -- Jeff Fultz and the JCR3 race team have had a respectable start to their tenure in the USAR Pro Cup Series. In their first five races, Fultz has logged three top-five finishes.

Not bad, but not what Fultz and his team are used to. They aren't used to being merely respectable. They are used to being champions. After all, they've won three NASCAR Southeast Series titles and countless races together.

So when they stopped at Lakeland, Florida's USA International Speedway for this weekend's Pro Cup stop, Fultz and his team kicked it up a notch. They rolled a fast racecar out of their hauler and set fast time for the Sears Auto Center 250.

"We unloaded and we were on top of the board all during practice," said Fultz. "We had a really good car. The crew's been working really hard over the last few weeks during the little break we've had to get a lot better. We're trying to catch up to these guys. The car was really quick off the trailer and we worked on it a little bit and we ended up getting the pole. I'm not known for having very good qualifying efforts, so to win the pole was pretty awesome."

Fultz was also flying come race time in the #54 C&C Boiler ride, but you can't plan for things like blown tires or broken alternators and a combination of those two issues kept Fultz to a finish of 25th.

"The car was pretty good in the race," said Fultz. "They dropped the green and we took the lead for a while. We gave up the lead a couple times, but the car was so good that we were able to take it back. Right about the time we were getting ready to pit, both me and Jody Lavender blew a left-rear tire. I spun around, but kept it off the wall. I came into the pits around the same place as Huffman and we came out right with Huffman even with the flat tire. We ran with him for a good while, never leaving the top-three. We were heading for a top-three finish, if not a win, but the alternator quit charging and the battery went dead under caution. We worked back to seventh and Shane was right there in front of us."

Still, the JCR3 team is hardly hanging their heads after showing what they were capable of in Pro Cup this weekend.

"The team really needed some momentum and knowing that we ran in the top-five and be competitive, that gives us that momentum. We want to win, but we know that we have to be competitive first and keep making steps. We're having a ball in this series. I believe that's one of my best tracks. If our All Pro stats mean anything, I won something like four-straight races there, so I'm really excited about going there with the Pro Cup car. It's my kind of racetrack. It's a worn-out flat racetrack. We're learning each week, but I think we can compete with these guys and we'll prove that we can win."

Fultz and the rest of the USAR Pro Cup Southern Division competitors return to action on June 24th at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC).

-JeffFultz.com

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Fultz , Jody Lavender