BUSCH: Daytona: Jeff Fultz race report

Fultz and crew score top 20 in Koolerz 300 Daytona International Speedway - February 15, 2003 - JCR3 Racing began speed week at Daytona with a less than satisfying qualifying effort but turned things around in a big way with a top 20 finish in...

Fultz and crew score top 20 in Koolerz 300

Daytona International Speedway - February 15, 2003 - JCR3 Racing began speed week at Daytona with a less than satisfying qualifying effort but turned things around in a big way with a top 20 finish in the Koolerz 300. Jeff Fultz piloted the #86 United Plastics Group/C & C Boiler Chevrolet from 35th to 19th in a race that at times was more about survival than speed. Fultz navigated through at least two crashes while battling an increasingly ill-handling race car.

"It seemed like there was nothing I could do to keep the car down low," Fultz said. "It really limits what you can do when people are going three-wide through the turns. With the car pushing so bad I had to back off if I was low to keep from coming up on someone and creating a tough situation."

During the first caution Crew Chief Sandy Jones issued the orders to make a wedge adjustment along with four tires and a topped tank. The team executed the stop and sent Fultz back on the track in good time. The adjustment worked but faded after about 10 laps when the nose began pushing up the race track. Despite this, Jones kept Fultz focused, helping him pace the car as high as 14th before settling back in the draft at mid pack.

"I think we probably missed the ideal set up with the spring and shock package," said Team Co-Owner Jon Craig. "It seemed like everyone was having the same problems but that's no excuse for a team with the kind of expectations we have.

"We'll take a look at the whole car when we get back and we'll adjust and be ready for the next race. I have to thank United Plastics Group for their support and I'm glad we could bring home a solid finish for them."

Craig says the team is uncertain about what venue they'll pick next but he maintains the team will be competitive wherever they go.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Fultz