JONES SET FOR ONE-RACE DEAL IN JIMMY DEAN PONTIAC (October 12, 1999) -- Buckshot Jones, a two-time winner in the NASCAR Busch Series, will attempt to qualify the Jimmy Dean Pontiac for Sunday's Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Eel...
JONES SET FOR ONE-RACE DEAL IN JIMMY DEAN PONTIAC
(October 12, 1999) -- Buckshot Jones, a two-time winner in the NASCAR Busch Series, will attempt to qualify the Jimmy Dean Pontiac for Sunday's Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Eel River Racing announced the one-race deal with Jones on Tuesday. Brunswick, one of Jones' top sponsors, will be on the No. 30 Pontiac Grand Prixs as an associate.
"We've taken some looks at a few drivers this year and the ones that did well at certain race tracks and we've elected to have Buckshot Jones drive for us at Talladega," Jimmy Dean Racing crew chief Barry Dodson said. "He was pretty impressive down there last time. He raced in the top-10 most of the day. We really haven't been able to spend much time on our restrictor plate program yet. We went down to Talladega a couple of weeks ago and attempted to test and got rained on."
Jones ran in the April 25 DieHard 500 at Talladega for the Buckshot Racing team. He qualified 26th and ran in the top-10 through much of the race before getting shuffled back to 21st at the finish.
"We went there and we were a little off in first round qualifying," Jones said. "We made some changes and ended up second-round fastest. Superspeedway racing is different. I like racing against the Winston Cup guys out there because you gain more experience and you're learning the whole time.
"We ended up running pretty good. I just got shuffled back at the end. I'm excited about going back and having an opportunity to run the Jimmy Dean Pontiac. I know Barry Dodson can give me a good car that I feel secure in so I can run wide open."
With all the pieces in place, Dodson is looking forward to a competitive run at Talladega.
"It's probably the perfect scenario for Talladega," Dodson said. "Buckshot's really gotten us out of a jam this late in the year because we haven't been able to test. He's tested down there and run well in a race. We didn't have a driver that had. Buckshot was very impressive down there in April. The car has got a Hendrick engine in it, so we're excited about it."