Eric Jones To Drive Team Chick's New ...
Eric Jones To Drive Team Chick's New #74 Silverado in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Competition
De Soto, Kansas - - Team Chick Motorsports proudly announced today that they have tapped NASCAR driver Eric Jones to drive their No. 74 Chevrolet Silverado. Jones, a newlywed, joins Team Chick after leaving Team EJP Racing at the start of the 2004 season. In addition to signing Jones, who also has experience in the Busch Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series, the team has a number of other changes that they are excited about.
Team Chick has elected to switch manufacturers and will be proudly displaying the Chevrolet "Bowtie" on their 2004 Silverados. "Chevrolet has made an obvious commitment to the development of the Silverado and to the technical support of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams. We are thrilled to be associated with them and are appreciative of the assistance we are able to get from them," Steve Chick, Jr., Team Owner and Crew Chief, explains. Team Chick will also be changing numbers, they had run the No. 11 for the past two seasons, but will replace it permanently with the No. 74 for future competition.
Several things have remained the same, though. The team is determined, driven, and continues to feel fortunate to have the power of Tri-Star Motors in their Chevrolets. "Tri-Star has been a part of this team since before we started and part of our decision to switch to Chevrolets was driven by the success they have enjoyed the last two years. Mark (Smith), Dennis, and the rest of the guys in the engine shop are some of the best people you will find in racing. We know that reliability and good power are two things we don't need to concern ourselves with. They always strive to deliver top-notch, championship quality engines to every one of their customers." Steve Chick, Sr., Team Owner and Shop Foreman shares confidently.
Last season Jones, the former winner of the CART/Skip Barber scholarship, competed in nine events behind the wheel of the No. 03 Chevrolet Silverado. In that short stint, he began to show his true potential by scoring eight top-twenty finishes. However, Eric made the strongest argument for his value at Kansas Speedway where he qualified a career best seventh, backing it up on race day with a sixth place finish, also a career best. Jones only failed to finish in the top 20 one time in 2004, when he finished 26th at Loudon due to an engine failure.
"We are very excited about having Eric Jones join our team, he is a perfect fit for our organization. Eric is not only a talented driver but he is quite an accomplished fabricator, as well," said Chick, Jr. "He is gelling very well with the team, we have already spent a ton of time with him in the shop and I feel the chemistry is explosive. I strongly believe we are capable of being a front running team, with a little luck. I am confident that communicating at the racetrack will be simplified by the relationship we have already built at the shop."
For Jones, he's glad to be back behind the wheel, and looking forward to driving for the Kansas City based operation. "I'm very thrilled and appreciative to have the opportunity to drive for Team Chick Motorsports this season, and beyond," said Jones, who has 22 NCTS starts to his record. "I believe that I'll be able to continue performing as well, or better, than I did last season. Within a short matter of time, we'll be competitive and running up front."
Team Chick is slated to compete in at least eight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season, while searching for primary sponsorship to run more events and look towards a run to the championship in 2005.
"We will run at least eight races without sponsorship... if we have to. We're continuing to work around the clock to sign sponsors for our scheduled events and beyond," continued Chick, Jr. "Eric and I are aggressively pursuing our leads together."
Jones, and the team, will make their 2004 debut at Kansas Speedway, followed by Kentucky Speedway, before heading to the motor city at Michigan International Speedway. The remaining five events have yet to be determined. "We're going to head to these three events and give 150%. We have arranged to have Bud Haefele, a very talented Car Chief, join us. We are seriously focused on these races, we're putting everything we have into being competitive and we'll determine the rest of the schedule after that," added Chick, Jr.