BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 1998) There is always one race track that a driver feels compelled to conquer. For some it's a superspeedway like Daytona, but for NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Buckshot Jones it is the ...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 1998) There is always one race track that a driver feels compelled to conquer. For some it's a superspeedway like Daytona, but for NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Buckshot Jones it is the most exciting short track on the circuit -- Bristol Motor Speedway -- the site of Friday night's Food City 250.
"A win at Bristol would be an exciting moment for me," said Jones, driver of the No. 00 Bayer Aspirin/Alka-Seltzer Pontiac. "We have come so close to winning the past two years that I am even more determined to make it happen."
Throughout the last two seasons, Jones has led more than 80 laps at Bristol and claimed the outside pole at the NASCAR Busch Series race in March at the high-banked .533-mile oval.
"This is a track that you either love or hate," Jones said. "It's an exciting race, but you have to be extremely focused. There's not a lot of room to pass unless you're running up front and you always have to contend with lapped traffic. It's tough on a driver both mentally and physically."
Patience is the key to success at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" and over the last two seasons, Jones has learned from his mistakes.
"My team always gives me a good setup for these races, so it's up to me to stay patient and cross the finish line first," Jones said. "I think it's great that we get to come to this track twice during the season. It's a thrilling race for the teams and the fans love it, too. The track has added more seating over the last year, so it can easily accommodate the fans. It's a first class facility."
Jones has one victory in 1998 and has been successful at many tracks throughout the year, notching four top-five and six top-ten finishes. He seems to have found the secret to running well at Bristol, but he is still chasing one goal at the half-mile oval -- the checkered flag. Source: NASCAR Online