BUSCH: Bristol II: Jamie Mosley preview

* One weekend after Jamie competed on a track larger than 1.5 miles for the first time, he will now head to the fast, high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway to compete on one of the country's most famous short tracks. It will be the shortest track ...

* One weekend after Jamie competed on a track larger than 1.5 miles for the first time, he will now head to the fast, high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway to compete on one of the country's most famous short tracks. It will be the shortest track (half-mile) that Mosley has run since his days on the dirt.

* Jamie continues to improve while getting used to racing week in and week out in the NASCAR Busch Series. Last week in Michigan, Mosley out-qualified several of the series' top stars, including Rookie of the Year point leader Coy Gibbs and part-time Busch star and Winston Cup rookie Jamie McMurray.

* Jamie and the Jay Robinson crew will take one of the team's best short track cars to Bristol Motor Speedway this coming weekend. The car last appeared at Indianapolis Raceway Park in early August.

* Jamie recently agreed to a deal with Jay Robinson that will allow him to focus the rest of his 2003 season on the NASCAR Busch Series. He made his series debut earlier this year at Nashville Superspeedway.

* Jamie, who also serves as a Kentucky State Police Dispatcher during the week, had several members of his old ARCA crew back with him at Michigan. Much of the crew is comprised of Jamie's law enforcement "buddies." They consist of Kentucky State Troopers, Deputies and local Kentucky Police Officers. They will serve as Jamie's over-the-wall crew for the rest of the year.

JAMIE'S QUOTE BOX

On heading to Bristol Motor Speedway--

"Bristol (Motor Speedway) is a monster of its own. It is easily the most famous short track in the entire country and I can't wait to get there on Thursday. It will be a lot of fun to race at a place like that, especially under the lights. It is always special racing at nighttime. It really gives the fans a special show. I've talked with some people and they have told me that the track is just so fast despite only being a half-mile long. I know you really have to stay on your toes there, so it should be interesting."

On getting back to the short tracks--

"I can't wait. Racing on the short tracks is where I and most of these other drivers grew up. It has been a while since I was rubbing fenders on the short tracks, but it should all come back to me. I am sure that it will take a little time

getting used to the speeds and the high banks, but I think we'll get a hold of it quick enough. We don't have tracks with banking like that around where I raced growing up.

On the Michigan race--

"It was a tough day. We had a really good car, the best car I have ever been in, but we just had some bad luck. I just lost it on my own one time and we just brushed the wall. Unfortunately, that damage resulted in no air getting to the spoiler and it made the car really loose. We tried to ride around, but the car was just too loose and we got into the wall again. I feel really bad because it was a great car. We are making big leaps and bounds though and we'll get at it soon."

On the announcement to run the rest of the Busch Series season--

"It's definitely a relief to know that we are going to run these last 11 races, but it is right at the pressure point of the year where we are also trying to work at things for 2004. We want to focus on 2003, but we also need to get things for 2004 lined up. It also puts the pressure on how to come up with some sponsorship so we can keep putting better and better equipment under us."

On what to prove "on track" for the rest of the year--

"Step one is just to make the races each week on speed. I don't have a doubt as to whether or not we can do it, but there are a lot of quality cars out there each week. We don't want to have to rely on provisionals. The long term goal is to keep moving the car up in owner points for the rest of the year. I think the other thing I need to do is learn these new racetracks."

RACING EXPERIENCE:

* Three ARCA RE/MAX Series starts in 2002 (Kentucky, Lowe's Motor Speedway & Chicagoland)

* Veteran of late model, modified and sportsman divisions at Corbin (KY) Motor Speedway, Thunder Ridge Racing Complex, Mountain Motor Speedway, Perry County Speedway, Lost Creek Speedway and Rockcastle Speedway.

* Lost Creek Speedway track champion in their single-seat, off-road division in 1985 at the age of 16

* Began racing go-karts at age seven

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Coy Gibbs , Jamie McMurray