HUFFMAN UP FOR 1.5-MILE CHALLENGE AT LOWE'S ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND * After an up-and-down start to the season, Shane Huffman is ready to get the No. 88 Navy team back running up front in Saturday's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series...
HUFFMAN UP FOR 1.5-MILE CHALLENGE AT LOWE'S ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
* After an up-and-down start to the season, Shane Huffman is ready to get the No. 88 Navy team back running up front in Saturday's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
* While the No. 88 team has had a few rough weekends this year, they have also earned two top-10 finishes in the first third of the Busch Series season. One of those top-10 finishes came at another of SMI's 1.5-mile tracks, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
* So far in 2007, Huffman has competed at three 1.5-mile tracks. He finished ninth at Las Vegas, 19th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 39th at Texas Motor Speedway after being collected in a wreck while running 11th.
* Huffman will join nine other NASCAR drivers in honoring the Armed Forces this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The American Heroes Memorial Day salute to the Armed Forces will kick off a nationwide effort to raise funds for military families in need. Huffman's No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will feature the American Heroes decal on the deck lid in Saturday's race.
* JR Motorsports' No. 88 Navy team will run Chassis No. JRM 023 in Saturday's race. It is a brand new chassis.
* Twelve races into the season, the JR Motorsports team has compiled two top-10 finishes, one top-five start and led 28 laps. The Navy team is currently ranked 28th in the owner point standings and Huffman is 21st in the driver point standings.
Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
How's the season going so far?
"We've definitely had our fair share of bad luck so far this year. The equipment Wes (Ward, Crew Chief) and the guys have given me has been great, and we've had really good runs, but too many times something's happened and ended our shot at finishing well. It's pretty frustrating, but we're looking forward and focusing on the rest of the season. We plan on going out and getting solid finishes and getting this team back running up front. We've got everything in place. We just need to get the monkey off our backs."
What is your goal for this weekend?
"I plan to get a solid finish for all of the sailors who are out there protecting us. I give them my best effort each race, but with this being Memorial Day weekend, I feel an even greater need to do well for them. They give us all so much every day with their service to our country that I'm honored to do whatever I can to give something back to them. I want to make the sailors proud of this Navy team and how we run, because I'm proud to represent them."
The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway is Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30). The "Pro's Nest" is the U.S. Navy's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). It is the largest squadron in Naval Aviation. VP-30's mission is to provide P-3 aircraft training for pilots, naval flight officers and enlisted aircrew, ensuring the fleet receives safe and competent replacement flight crewmembers reporting to the operational P-3 squadrons. More than 750 staff personnel directly or indirectly train more than 700 officer and enlisted personnel annually, utilizing 12 P-3 aircraft of various models. Patrol Squadron THIRTY was commissioned in June 1960 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., to train flight crews for P-5 Marlin and P-2 Neptune aircraft. Patrol Squadron THIRTY's awards include three Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Chief of Naval Operations' Commander Theodore G. Ellyson Aviator Production Excellence Award for fiscal years 2004, 2005 and 2006.