Lead Lap Finish for Tony Jackson Jr. Las Vegas, NV -- September 25, 2010. The 2010 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series has been a learning experience for Missouri native Tony Jackson Jr. Saturday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was ...
Lead Lap Finish for Tony Jackson Jr.
Las Vegas, NV -- September 25, 2010. The 2010 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series has been a learning experience for Missouri native Tony Jackson Jr. Saturday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was further development of the young driver as he earned his first career lead lap finish in NASCAR's third highest touring series finishing seventeenth in the Smith's Food & Drug Stores 350.
Under the guidance of veteran Butch Miller, Jackson's ASI Limited/Stratosphere Chevy was very consistent throughout practice and qualifying for the Smith's Food & Drug Stores 350 running quick laps of 31.69 and 31.68 in the two practice sessions before posting a lap of 31.69 seconds in the multi-truck qualifying session giving the rookie driver the twenty-fifth starting spot.
Tony jumped-up several positions early in the race, moving up towards the top-twenty just before a close call on lap twenty-three when several trucks spun directly in front of him but was able to avoid any contact.
Jackson continued to show consistency through the 146-lap race running around the twenty-second position on the lead lap through the first third of the race.
The team tried a two-tire strategy during a stop near the midway point of the race to try to gain some track position, but the handling of Tony's Chevy truck went away and the ASI Limited/Stratosphere No. 07 fell back in the running order before eventual race winner Austin Dillon would put Jackson a lap down on lap eighty-nine.
With four fresh tires during the next caution on lap ninety-five the handling improved and Tony would work hard to position himself as the first truck one-lap down and was awarded the "Lucky Dog" award on lap 116 which returned his ASI Limited/Stratosphere Chevy Silverado to the lead lap in nineteenth place. Tony drove hard over the races last thirty laps to move up to seventeenth at the checkers, his fifth top-twenty finish in six career starts in the NCWTS.
"We were OK in the beginning, but we got a little out of sync in the middle of the race," said Miller. "Tony did a good job over the last forty laps to get his lap back and was running very competitive lap times at the end of the race. It was a solid day for our first race."
"I think Tony has come a long way, prior to this year, his experience has been limited to mainly short tracks," said SS Green Light General Manager Bobby Dotter. "Each week he finds more speed as the practices go on and he ran very good at the end of the race. I see a lot of improvement each race we run together."
The next scheduled race for Tony Jackson Jr. in the SS Green Light No. 07 is October 30th in the Mountain Dew 250 at the Talladega Superpeedway.