Indy IRP: Eric Jones preview

Eric Jones comes to Indianapolis Raceway Park making his second appearance in two weeks in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. His appearance at IRP will mark the second time in 2003 that Jones and the Team EJP Racing Team will have attempted ...

Eric Jones comes to Indianapolis Raceway Park making his second appearance in two weeks in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. His appearance at IRP will mark the second time in 2003 that Jones and the Team EJP Racing Team will have attempted back-to-back NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in 2003. Last week, Jones and the Team EJP Racing Team competed in the Sears 200 at Michigan International Speedway and finished a disappointing 18th after problems with the rear gear adversely affected the handling of the truck. The team's previous consecutive appearances were at Milwaukee and Kansas. In the second half of that back-to-back appearance, Jones and Team EJP posted their career best start, seventh, and career best finish, sixth.

Eric on the Sears 200: "We are extremely disappointed that we didn't come out of Michigan with a top-10 finish. We had a good truck, and we know the changes we made before the race were a step in the right direction. But as soon as the green flag came out, I knew it wasn't the same truck we had in happy hour the day before. We were really stumped until we started to push the truck onto the trailer and the left rear started hopping up and down, and the rear end locked up on us. It's one thing to run badly and not know why. We are upset we didn't run better at Michigan, but as a young team we are happy we learned something out of it. It takes a negative and turns it into a positive."

This Week's Truck: This week's truck is Frankenstein. It earned its name from being rebuilt and reclipped several times. As the team says, it has been cobbled together just like the movie character of the same name. It is the truck that Jones raced previously this season at Milwaukee, where it qualified 19th and finished 17th. It is a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, and the body was hung by Bo Fletcher of Aero Advantage.

Eric on Frankenstein: "It has been rebuilt a lot, but it is still a really good truck. I know it has been built and rebuilt several times, and resurrected from the dead. It should be interesting to see what we need to replace after this weekend. Hopefully Frankenstein won't need to be rebuilt and brought back from the dead again!"

Frankenstein's 2003 Results:

Milwaukee: Started 19th Finished 17th Completed 195 of 200 laps $8,765

Eric on IRP: "This ought to be a fun weekend. I have only raced at IRP once, back in my go-karting days. When it comes to stock cars, this will only be my second race ever on a track shorter than a mile. I never did the street stock or late model thing. My first ever short track race was at Winchester in an ARCA car back in 1998. I ran a car that Frank Kimmel raced on the dirt that season. We were in the top-5 all day long then, even with a car that didn't have the brakes and ductwork that you needed to run competitively. It is something I will have to take a few laps to get used to, but the guys here all have really good short track backgrounds. I am sure we will have a pretty good truck off the trailer. I haven't ever really been in a situation where I could trade paint with these guys, and I am looking forward to it."

Eric's Indy Week: The Indianapolis NASCAR race week festivities have always been important to Team EJP Racing team owner Steve Prescott. Team EJP has five Indiana locations, including one on the west side of Indianapolis. On Thursday, Eric is scheduled to spend the day with Team EJP customers and employees, as well as the Prescott family. "I had a really good time with the Team EJP employees and customers at Loudon a couple of weeks ago for the Cup race," Jones said. "They are really into racing and it's a big deal to them. We will have a lot of people at the race on Friday night."

The over-the-wall duties will be handled by members of the ppc Racing NASCAR Busch Series crew. Team members from both the No. 10 NesQuik car and the No. 57 Albertson's car are expected to service the truck on pit road during the Power Stroke Diesel 200.

About Team EJP Racing: Team EJP Racing is owned by Steve Prescott, and based in Gardiner, Maine. The team made its debut with a three-race schedule with Prescott behind the wheel in 2000. Since then, Steve has concentrated on building a winner as an owner. The team has run a limited schedule in 2001, 2002, and 2003 with drivers Tom Carey, Barry Bodine, and Eric Jones. The team runs the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado body style and utilizes engines built by long-time NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Series, Truck and modified series standout Ron Hutter.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Eric Jones