Las Vegas: Eric Jones preview

Eric Jones and Team EJP Racing are attempting to make their seventh start of the season together in the Las Vegas 350. Jones and the No. 03 Team EJP Racing Chevrolet Silverado last raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the New Hampshire...

Eric Jones and Team EJP Racing are attempting to make their seventh start of the season together in the Las Vegas 350. Jones and the No. 03 Team EJP Racing Chevrolet Silverado last raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the New Hampshire 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway in September. In that event, Jones and the Team EJP Racing Team finished a disappointing 26th after mechanical problems sidelined them 131 laps into the 200-lap race.

Eric on the New Hampshire 200: "We had Frankenstein there at New Hampshire, and I think that is the last time we are going to take that truck to a flat track. We took it to Milwaukee and it didn't run all that great there either, but we thought that was just a bad day. After New Hampshire, we are starting to think that there may be a problem with the truck that makes it disagree with flat tracks. It has been clipped and reclipped a few times, so maybe there is something that isn't perfectly straight or something. It's a little strange, because we tested that truck at Texas earlier in the season, and it was pretty strong there. Looks like we'll load it up as a backup and take it to our last few races this season as a backup."

This Week's Truck: In carrying on with the team tradition of naming their trucks after movie characters, this week's truck is Johnny 5, named after a character in the movie Short Circuit,. It is the truck that Jones raced previously this season at Charlotte, Texas, and Kansas, where he drove it to a season-best start, seventh, and finished a season-best and career-best 6th. It is a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, and the body was hung by Bo Fletcher of Aero Advantage. (Other trucks in the Team EJP fleet are Frankenstein, named after the movie character of the same name, and "E.T.", which is named after the title character of the movie E.T. and is also short for "Eric's Truck". The team has also added a brand new truck named "Dracula" that will debut at Texas Motor Speedway in October.)

Eric on Johnny Five: "Johnny 5 has been fast everywhere we have taken it in 2003. We started 13th and battled for a top-10 finish at Charlotte, but we got caught a lap down when we pitted during a round of green flag stops and the caution came out right after we came in. We took it to Texas and qualifying was rained out. We lost an engine in practice and started last. We had a great race in Texas and came from the back all the way to eleventh. In Kansas, everything came together for us. We qualified well, we had great pit stops, and we ran in the top-10 all day and finished sixth. We had a rear end problem that slowed us at Michigan, but other than that, Johnny 5 has been strong everywhere we have taken it in 2003."

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