Buckshot Jones Looks To Change Colorful Past Into Bright Future At Bristol Motor Speedway Spartanburg, SC - Buckshot Jones has had some great races at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division. He may not have a...
Buckshot Jones Looks To Change Colorful Past Into Bright Future At Bristol Motor Speedway
Spartanburg, SC - Buckshot Jones has had some great races at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division. He may not have a mark in the win column, but he is no stranger to success at the high-banked, half-mile oval.
Jones has certainly had sparks of brilliance at the legendary speedway. In only six starts there, he has earned an outside pole position and two top-10 finishes. Jones' most recent effort at Bristol produced an eighth-place finish in the fall 1998 race. Jones did not compete in the spring 1999 Busch race due to Winston Cup obligations, but will return in the No.00 Cheez-It car under the lights this August.
Jones has learned that a strong run at Bristol does not necessarily ensure a strong finish. He has been collected in accidents in three of his six races at the track. Jones watched his victory hopes vanish as he was involved in crashes in the fall 1997 race and both events in 1998. "This is a track that you either love or hate," said Jones. "It is an exciting race, but you have to stay very focused. I think this track is not only physically demanding, but mentally demanding on the driver as well." As a result of patience and concentration, Jones has posted some impressive numbers at Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition to his two top-10 finishes at BMS, Jones has led 138 total laps and earned the Gatorade Front Runner Award in the 1998 Moore's Snacks 250.
With more success and strong performances, Jones knows he can reach victory lane at Bristol.
"Patience is the key to doing well at Bristol," said Jones. "Without good track position, it's a tough track. You really need to stay up front to have a shot at winning. There also isn't a lot of room to pass unless you're running up front. You always have to deal with lapped traffic."
Jones is very fond of Bristol Motor Speedway and his affection for the track cannot hurt his chances at one of the most electrifying tracks on the circuit.
"I've always liked the track," Jones said. "As a matter of fact, it's one of my favorites. Racing under the lights at Bristol is one of the most exciting races for the drivers and the fans. It's such a competitive track and a great show for everyone."
Buckshot Jones and the No.00 Cheez-It team know that winning at Bristol is not an easy task. By using what they have learned from previous experiences and a little good luck, the Buckshot Racing team is sure to be a contender for the checkered flag.