Texas II: Eric Jones preview

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

Eric Jones and Team EJP Racing are attempting to make their eighth start of the season together in the Silverado 350. Jones and the No. 03 Team EJP Racing Chevrolet Silverado last raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September. In that event, Jones and the Team EJP Racing Team finished 16th being forced to start at the rear of the pack.

Eric on the Las Vegas 350:

"Starting at the back hurt us. We had a good truck and we made our way through the traffic there pretty quick. We came up with a good strategy to stay out on one of the early cautions to gain track position and it worked. We needed another yellow so we could get tires, but that is when we had that long green flag run. We had to come down pit road for tires under green and it got us a couple laps down. Sometimes those gambles pay off big. It didn't work out that way for us at Vegas, but that's what racing is all about."

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, Kansas, and Las Vegas. At Kansas, Eric 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 Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

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, and it raced from the back at Vegas too. Johnny 5 has been strong everywhere we have taken it in 2003."

Eric on TMS:

"We ran very well at Texas earlier this season. We came there to test back in May and we knew we had a really good truck. When we got here, we started from the back after changing engines and we were on the move to the front. Unfortunately, we dropped a cylinder and had to ride around the rest of the day, and we still finished eleventh. We have changed to Hutter engines since then, and I know what kind of horsepower they produce. We'll have a lot of juice under the hood, that's for sure. If we can get the truck back to where it was in June, we have a good shot and grabbing that first top-5 finish."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Eric Jones