Rain Forces Jones 36th In Kentucky Lineup Sparta, Kentucky - - For the second straight weekend, mother nature has forced Team Chick Motorsports to start shotgun on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series field after NASCAR...
Rain Forces Jones 36th In Kentucky Lineup
Sparta, Kentucky - - For the second straight weekend, mother nature has forced Team Chick Motorsports to start shotgun on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series field after NASCAR cancelled time trials late Friday afternoon.
Unfortunately, none of the 36 trucks team were able to hit the 1.5-mile oval Friday, as persistent rain and thunderstorms cancelled all activities, including two valuable practice sessions.
"It's a shame we didn't get on the track at all today," said driver Eric Jones. "We're a new team, and track time is crucial for us at this point. We finished 17th last weekend after starting last, hopefully Saturday night will find us near the front end of the field."
Jones, a former winner of the CART/Skip Barber scholarship is in the mist of an eight race run with the Kansas City based operation. If sponsorship prevails the team will expand their schedule, leaving the team more track time, Jones more chances to shine, and most importantly look forward to the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
The driver of the No. 74 Chevrolet Silverado only has one start at the Sparta, Kentucky based track. In 2002 Jones qualified 25th in his own No. 34 Safelite Auto Glass Chevrolet, and despite running competitively, the team would be forced to withdraw from the event after battling transmission problems finishing a disappointing 30th. He competed 47 of the scheduled 150 circuits.
"Kentucky is a state of the art track, and while I didn't have a very good run in 2002, I believe that can all change on Saturday night," added Jones, who will make his 24 NCTS start this weekend.
Rolling into the event, Team Chick Motorsports is still searching for primary sponsorship. "We're continuing to work around the clock to sign a sponsor for the balance of the 2004 Season," continued Chick, Jr. "Eric and I are aggressively pursuing our leads together. The pieces are in place, we have a great team, and we just need a little sponsorship to really light this thing off!" He also stated, "We strongly encourage any potential advertisers or sponsors to give us a call. We have a number of different innovative strategies that can significantly effect the bottom line with a very reasonable investment."
The Built Ford Tough 225 is the 11th of 25 events on the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. Practice and qualifying are on the agenda this Friday, July 9th with the race set to take the green flag. Saturday, July 10th. The Speed Channel will air the event live beginning at 8:00 EST, with MRN handling the airwaves starting at 7:30 PM EST. The race (150 laps/225 miles) will also be available via XM radio channel 144 starting at 7:00 PM.
The team is actively seeking sponsorship for the remainder of the 2004 NCTS season, while looking ahead to 2005. Sponsorship inquires are encouraged to contact Steve, Jr. at Scjr@teamchickmotorsports.com or 913-583-1262.
Rolling into Kentucky, Jones has 23 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, Five NASCAR Busch Series starts, and has achieved $206,835 in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career earnings.