VERNON HILLS, Ill., March 12, 2002 - It was quite a homecoming last week in Atlanta for Buckshot Jones, driver of the No. 44 Georgia-Pacific Dodge, as he posted a 12th place finish in the MBNA America 500. However, things didn't look so bright in...
VERNON HILLS, Ill., March 12, 2002 - It was quite a homecoming last week in Atlanta for Buckshot Jones, driver of the No. 44 Georgia-Pacific Dodge, as he posted a 12th place finish in the MBNA America 500. However, things didn't look so bright in the beginning for the Georgia-native. Jones, who started 14th, had a tight car early in the race. His problems escalated when he was blocked during a routine pit stop by another car, costing him track position and, eventually, a lap. Despite the setback, the team's crew chief, Bryant Frazier, was confident that they had a car capable enough to post a strong finish. Once Jones managed to get back on the lead lap, he charged to the front and posted the best finish of his career, helping to earn Frazier this week's "IRWIN Rough to Finish Award."
"The team did not quit, and after getting the No. 44 back on the lead-lap, the car was the fastest it had been all day," said Frazier. "We just had to be patient and work our way through the field. This award is a credit to the effort of our whole team, not just one individual."
Each week throughout the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, IRWIN, makers of professional power tool accessories like MARATHON PLUS saw blades and SPEEDBOR flat bits, is partnering with Performance Racing Network to honor the crew chief who had the toughest day in the pits, but still managed to help his team to a strong finish.
The IRWIN Rough to the Finish Award includes an assortment of tools for the crew chief and a $250 check donated to the Connie Parsons Memorial Fund in the racing team's name. The year-end winner of the crew chief points standings will win a $5,000 check donated to the Fund. Race fans wanting to make a contribution to the Fund may do so by sending it to The Connie Parsons Memorial Fund, PO Box 443, Elerby, NC 28338.