Buckshot Jones Drives Toward Success in Hometown of Atlanta (SPARTANBURG, S.C.) --- Buckshot Jones calls Atlanta home and it's where his racing career began. Returning to Atlanta to compete in front...
Buckshot Jones Drives Toward Success in Hometown of Atlanta
(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) --- Buckshot Jones calls Atlanta home and it's where his racing career began. Returning to Atlanta to compete in front of family and friends is something he looks forward to each year.
Jones, who was raised in Tucker, Ga., began racing at Lanier Raceway in 1991 in the All American Division while attending the University of Georgia. Except for attending classes, he didn't spend too much time doing the normal college activities. Instead, each Friday he would quickly leave his last class and head to Lanier Raceway to race. Jones knew the first time he strapped himself into a stock car that he wanted to have a career in racing.
Jones had to accomplish one thing first… graduate college with a B average or he could forget about a career in racing.
"My dad made one rule for me when I started to race," said Jones. "He told me that if I didn't keep up my grades, and that meant a B average, he would not support my racing. I wasn't happy about it back then, but I look back now and I'm so glad I finished college."
In 1993, Jones began competing on the NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series and several other late model divisions. He scored his first late model victory in 1994 at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Ga.
"I never really traveled too far from Georgia when I first started racing," said Jones. "Now that we're competing on the Winston Cup Series I get a chance to come home twice a year to race and see family and friends." Jones has entered his first full year on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit in 1999 and he is competing for rookie of the year honors. He competed in five Winston Cup races in 1998, with his best finish of eighth position coming at Dover Downs International Speedway. His debut into the series was made in November of 1997 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"We chose Atlanta for our first Winston Cup race for a lot of reasons, but the fact that a lot of the guys on the team, including myself, are from Atlanta made it an even better choice," said Jones. "We had a rough start to that weekend because I had felt a flutter in the car and we couldn't figure out what the problem was. The car felt like it was going to stall and we changed everything from the fuel line to the ignition box, but nothing was working. We were just about to change the motor when we replaced the tachometer and that solved the problem. We had just enough time to get ready for qualifying."
Jones has been successful in the past at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Along with taking the leap into the Winston Cup Series, he was also very competitive at the track in the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division.
"We always seem to have a strong car when we come to this track," said Jones. "I finished fourth and fifth consecutively over the last two years in a Busch car and I have had some experience here in a Winston Cup car. I'm hoping for a strong qualifying run and exciting race this year." Look for the No. 00 Buckshot Racing Pontiac to be driving toward success in their hometown of Atlanta in the Cracker Barrel 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race.