BUSCH: Buckshot Jones set to test Monte Carlo at California

(Spartanburg, S.C.)-- Buckshot Racing is testing a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo at California Speedway today and tomorrow. In addition to the Monte Carlo, the team will also be taking a brand new Grand Prix with them to test as well. The team ...

(Spartanburg, S.C.)-- Buckshot Racing is testing a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo at California Speedway today and tomorrow. In addition to the Monte Carlo, the team will also be taking a brand new Grand Prix with them to test as well. The team currently competes with a Pontiac Grand Prix in the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division. "We want to practice both cars equally, measure the differences and make notes," explained crew chief Sandy Jones. "More than likely we will bring the Monte Carlo back to race at California in two weeks. We've been getting beat pretty bad by the Chevy's, so why not join them. The Grand Prix just doesn't have the downforce that the Monte Carlo does." Of the eight competing Pontiacs in the Busch Series, the highest ranking Pontiac is 14th in points, while Chevrolets make up 16 of the top-20 in points. If all goes according to plan, the team will compete with the Grand Prix after California until a couple more Monte Carlos can be built before making the switch. In a season in which some believed this team may contend for a Busch Series championship, Buckshot Jones and the team currently sit 19th in points and have two top-10 finishes this season. "Maybe now is a good time for something like this," said Jones. "Don't get me wrong, we're not writing this year off because I still believe we can turn it around and make a run at the top 10 in points." A potential change such as this takes a lot of time and effort from a team. Rarely does a manufacturer change take place during the season because of the burden placed on the shoulders of the crew members building the cars. "It's a hardship on everybody involved to perform a task like this," Jones said. "In the long run though, the rewards experienced from something like this will be so much greater. It's not like we just decided to make a change like this without any thought and research. We've done our homework and have spoken with just about every Chevrolet team in the Busch garage over the last six or seven weeks." Jones has never competed with a Chevrolet in the Busch Series although, he did run a Chevrolet in the Winston Cup Series in 1998 when he drove on a limited basis for the Stavola Brothers.

Why the decision to test Chevrolet?

If you can't beat them, join them. . Maybe now is a legitimate time to try something like this. We're not writing off this year because I truly believe we can make a run at the top-10.

"We have had an awesome car at a few places this season, like Atlanta and at Texas late in the race. Our qualifying efforts haven't put us in the best of spots. Need to get Godzilla off our back."

We've talked to a lot of people who run Chevrolets to help us learn more. We've been doing our homework. It's a hardship on everybody to perform a task like this, but in the long run if it works out, the rewards will be so much greater to reap and enjoy."

Will have to run GP until Monte Carlos get finished. Ran Chevy with the Stavola Bros in WC in 1998.

More downforce. Don't really know when other Monte Carlos will be finished.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Buckshot Jones