BUSCH: Daytona Jeff Purvis Preview

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - 4,3,2,1, we have liftoff to the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season. Porter-Cable Power Tools driver Jeff Purvis has been counting down the days to the NAPA Auto Parts 300 since the checkered flag ended the 1999 racing season in...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - 4,3,2,1, we have liftoff to the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season. Porter-Cable Power Tools driver Jeff Purvis has been counting down the days to the NAPA Auto Parts 300 since the checkered flag ended the 1999 racing season in Homestead, Florida. With Porter-Cable on board as the teams new sponsor and the transition from the Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the Pontiac Grand Prix, Purvis believes the 2000 season could be his year to win a Busch Series Championship for Joe Gibbs Racing.

"I am real excited about getting the season started," Purvis said. "With Porter-Cable on board and the opportunity to race a Pontiac for Joe Gibbs Racing, it should be a lot of fun."

The Porter-Cable Racing Team, led by crew chief Johnny Allen have worked extremely hard the last three months on the Daytona Beach car for Purvis. Following a practice session at Talladega last week, Purvis was finally able to crack a smile.

"We may not have the fastest car right now, but we aren't very far off," Purvis said. "The guys have done a great job adjusting the car over the last few weeks and we had a solid test session. I feel a lot better about our chances than I did a month ago."

Purvis would like nothing more than to win the NAPA 300 in his first race with Porter-Cable on board. Purvis lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, just 150 miles from the company's headquarters in Jackson, Tennessee.

"I can't think of a better way to kick of the relationship with Porter-Cable than to bring home the checkered flag," Purvis said. "I am really excited about racing for a Tennessee based company, everyone with Porter-Cable is pumped up about the season and I want to bring a Championship back to Tennessee for them."

After many years of racing at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Series, NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Purvis knows the keys to winning on the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

The two-time Daytona ARCA race winner (1993 & 1995) said, "We have to stay out of trouble and have a car that can suck up in the draft. If both of those things happen, it could be a lot of fun."

As the countdown to Daytona enters its final stages, Jeff Purvis is ready for liftoff and a successful 2000-racing season.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Purvis
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing