Jones, Stavolas announce nine-race deal SPARTANBURG, S.C. (July 17, 1998) The Buckshot Racing team -- which recently broke ground on its new NASCAR Winston Cup Series facility here -- announced today it will compete in at least nine NASCAR...
Jones, Stavolas announce nine-race deal
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (July 17, 1998) The Buckshot Racing team -- which recently broke ground on its new NASCAR Winston Cup Series facility here -- announced today it will compete in at least nine NASCAR Winston Cup Series races this season in collaboration with Stavola Brothers Racing with driver Buckshot Jones.
Jones, originally scheduled to run five NASCAR Winston Cup races in 1998 sponsored by Aquafresh with his family-owned Pontiac team, is now taking the Aquafresh sponsorship, Hendrick motor program and trademark No. 00 to Stavola Brothers Racing to complete that obligation by running Chevrolets in the deal's remaining four races at Loudon, N.H.; Talladega, Ala.; Phoenix; and Atlanta.
Jones, the 27-year-old driver from Monticello, Ga., will also attempt to qualify the Stavola Brothers Chevrolet at Indianapolis, with backing from Realtree Camouflage; and at Brooklyn, Mich.; Richmond, Va.; Dover, Del.; and Rockingham, N.C., with a sponsor yet to be named.
Aquafresh and the Buckshot Racing team have a strong history as well as a solid relationship. Aquafresh was primary sponsor of Jones' No. 00 machine for two years on the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and continues to support him as he pushes forward in his career.
Jones currently drives the No. 00 Bayer/Alka-Seltzer Pontiac on the NASCAR Busch Series, where he won his second career race earlier this season at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. He is seventh in the 1998 point standings heading into Sunday's Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 at the California Speedway in Fontana.
Jones qualified 19th for his second career NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on May 31 at Dover Downs International Speedway in the No. 8 Circuit City Chevrolet, owned by Stavola Brothers Racing. He completed the race in eighth position.
Jones failed to qualify for the PRIMESTAR 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Buckshot Racing's Pontiac and for the June 6 Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway in the Stavola's Chevrolet. He tested two Stavola Brothers cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway recently for the Aug. 1 Brickyard 400.
"Both organizations feel that this collaboration will benefit everyone in the end," said Billy Jones, Buckshot's father and owner of the Buckshot Racing team. "Having Buckshot drive with Aquafresh and the Stavola Brothers will allow the team to continue focusing on the battle for the NASCAR Busch Series championship, build a new race shop and fully prepare for the Buckshot Racing Team move to the Winston Cup Series in 1999.
"The Stavolas are an established organization and they have the manpower to run an excellent Winston Cup operation, they have just taken this year to reorganize. They were very pleased with Buckshot's performance at Dover and voiced early on that they wanted him to drive for them again in the future."
The Stavola Brothers Racing team was forced to reorganize when its primary sponsor decided to end its backing after the Miller Lite 400 in early June at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn.
"Our team is excited to be working with the Joneses and we look forward to good things in the future," said Billy Stavola, co-owner of Stavola Brothers Racing. "I think the combination of our team and Buckshot's driving abilities will produce strong results."
"This is a great opportunity for me," Buckshot Jones said. "The Stavolas have been around for a while and they have worked with some great drivers. They've made a lot of changes recently, like switching from a Ford to a Chevrolet and adding crew chief Jim Long to the team. Long will be a major asset to the team and I think they made a wise decision to regroup in 1998. I feel that we'll work well together and I look forward to crossing the finish line up front with Stavola Brothers Racing and Aquafresh."
Earlier this month, Buckshot Racing broke ground on its new one-level, 25,000-square-foot facility from which it will make the move to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series using Pontiacs in 1999. The team had been housed at a complex on property owned by former three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion David Pearson here.
The new shop, which is near Buckshot Racing's current facility, is being built by Suitts Construction out of Greenville, S.C., and will be visible from Interstate 85 on Jones Road here. It will include not only an area to build race cars, but offices, a viewing area for fans to observe the team, an area for souvenir sales and a gym and full kitchen for team members.
The building construction contract was awarded to Suitts Construction, architect Marshall Clarke and engineer Don Worley because of their plans to have an aggressive schedule, setting the completion date for the new shop at Sept. 30, 1998.
"I've become competitive in the NASCAR Busch Series and feel it is time to move to the next stage in my career," Buckshot Jones said. "We had a great opportunity when we moved our operation from Georgia to South Carolina to work out of the Pearson shop, but in order to run our Winston Cup team we need more space."
"We want to take this team to the next level," Billy Jones said. "We spent a lot of time discussing what we needed in this race shop and we looked around at what other teams have done in the past. This is going to be a state of the art facility capable of housing a top Winston Cup operation."
Source: NASCAR Online