From Back of the Pack to 13th at Daytona Winn-Dixie 250 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Friday, June 30, 2006) -- P.J. Jones and the ...
From Back of the Pack to 13th at Daytona Winn-Dixie 250
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Friday, June 30, 2006) -- P.J. Jones and the #43 Diversified Partners/Curb Agajanian Performance Group Dodge brought home a 13th-place finish in tonight's NASCAR Busch Series Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway after starting at the back of the pack.
Unable to make it through technical inspection in time for their qualifying run earlier this afternoon, Jones started at the rear of the 43-car grid. But taking his first turn of the season behind the wheel of a superior CAPG speedway Dodge that qualified second at Daytona in February and sixth at Talladega in March, Jones was able to gradually work his way to the front over the course of tonight's 103-lap event on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. He was into the top-30 by Lap 30, and broke into the top-20 by Lap 70. A final pit stop for a set of fresh, sticker tires enabled Jones to pick off the final four cars for his 13th-place finish, the best of the season for the #43 CAPG Dodge this season.
As the NBS series moves to Chicagoland Speedway next weekend (July 8), the CAPG Dodge team continues its aggressive search for sponsorship to enable it full-scale return to the racetrack during the second half of the season.
"We knew when we unloaded the Diversified Partners Dodge was going to be good for us tonight. It only makes me wonder how things would have turned out if we would have been able to start somewhere closer to the front. I watched it do well at Daytona and Talladega earlier in the year and I was really looking forward to the opportunity to drive it. We seemed to be on the tight side for most of the night and had a tough time getting the tightness out. But it didn't stop us from passing people. I'm really excited about where we finished, all things considered. Hopefully, we'll be successful in finding the sponsorship we need to keep the momentum going."