BUSCH: Homestead: Eric Jones preview

Red Cactus Salsa Racing; Eric Jones Look For "Hot" Weekend In Homestead Homestead, Florida - - The NASCAR Busch Series will conclude their 2004 season this weekend from Homestead Miami Speedway. While some teams and drivers are unsure of...

Red Cactus Salsa Racing; Eric Jones Look For "Hot" Weekend In Homestead

Homestead, Florida - - The NASCAR Busch Series will conclude their 2004 season this weekend from Homestead Miami Speedway. While some teams and drivers are unsure of their plans in 2005, Red Cactus Salsa Racing, and driver Eric Jones know they hope to use the Homestead event as a test session in preparation for their 16-race schedule in 2005.

The Red Cactus Salsa Racing team owned, and operated by Quincy, Illinois businessman Dan Griffin already has one NASCAR event under their belts this season in their first attempt on the circuit in October at Kansas Speedway. After starting 38th, Granger, Iowa native Eric Jones rallied hard and climbed to score a 23rd place finish, a career best for the team and driver.

With the success of Kansas in the record books, the team headed to Phoenix International Raceway in late October looking to make their second start of the season. After picking up the pace considerably from practice, the team was one position shy of making the starting grid, unfortunately leaving them on the sidelines.

Having experienced a taste of both good and bad luck in the secondary series of NASCAR, the team is ready to show their true potential in a race that will be one of the most competitive in NASCAR Busch Series history.

Motoring into Homestead this week, Eric heads into the track with a little confidence on his side. Jones, the former open-wheel sensation has two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts to his credit. After starting 29th in the NCTS season finale last season, Jones set a blistering pace throughout the event, settling for a solid 14th place finish. The finish was Jones's eighth top-twenty finish in nine starts for the No. 03 team last season.

Jones returns to the 1.5-mile oval looking to make his seventh NBS (NASCAR Busch Series) start of his career in competitive fashion.

"We're making great progress," said the driver of the No. 73 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "This rookie team has come a long way in a very short period of time. Once we get into a rhythm, I think we'll prove a lot to our other competitors. I'm really looking forward to having a hot weekend in Homestead."

Red Cactus Salsa will return as the primary sponsor of the black and silver automobile this weekend. Joining the efforts this weekend include Primetime Cigars, Jeff Schutte Construction, Gotcha Mobile Media, and Ronella Company who will all leap on board as associate sponsors for the Ford 300.

"I don't know what to say about my sponsors, other than they are incredible. The faith they have in me and our team is magical. I know it was a disappointment to our team to miss the show in Phoenix, but Homestead is our chance to make up for it and prove that we have what it takes to be a contender in the NASCAR Busch Series. I'm glad they will be along with us for the ride," continued Jones, who will also pilot the No. 74 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event this Friday afternoon.

The goals for the weekend will be simple for Eric and the RCSR (Red Cactus Salsa Racing) crew. "We have to go out there and practice good," he explained. "Once we get a good set-up on the car, we can turn our concentration into qualifying. That will be crucial for us. Once we're in the show, we'll use Happy Hour (the final practice session before the race) to dial our Red Cactus Salsa/Primetime Cigars in for the main event. In the race we'll look for consistent lap times, avoid the trouble, and end the day as high as we possibly can. We're not expecting to go out there and win this weekend, but we're expecting to go out there and run competitively with the bigger teams with hopes of clinching a top-twenty finish."

Following Homestead, the team will work fiercely to prepare for their assault on the NASCAR Busch Series tour in 2005. At the present time, the team plans to run 16 NASCAR Busch Series events with the option to expand. Jones, and his team will run a mixture of short tracks and superspeedways in preparation of running for the coveted Busch championship in 2006.

The Ford 300 is the 34th and final event on the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series schedule. The race set to take the green flag Saturday afternoon, November 20th, 2004. NBC will air the event live beginning at 1:00pm EST, with MRN handling the airwaves starting at 12:45pm EST. The race will also be available via XM satellite radio NASCAR channel 144 launching at 12:00pm EST.

About Red Cactus Salsa: Red Cactus "County Sweet" Salsa is a delicious blend of select garden vegetables, jalapenos, spices, and a wonderful lightly sweet tasted. Inspired by Sweet Aunt Gracie years ago, Red Cactus has now captured that classic salsa for all to experience. Unlike regular salsa, Red Cactus is sweetened with a tough of sweet sorghum syrup. This gives the salsa an unforgettable, lightly sweet, tangy sensation you're sure to love. No bitter after taste like other salsas, simply a sweet, homemade flavor. Best of all, Red Cactus Salsa is all natural, low sodium, and fat free, completing this zesty treat.

Red Cactus offers three types of Salsa. Mild, a lightly sweet, and tangy flavor with absolutely no heat. Medium, a lightly sweet, and tangy flavor with a touch of heat to create a wonderful sweet, hot sensation. Hot, combines an extra dose of heat with the lightly sweet, and tangy flavor that intensifies the sweet, hot sensation.


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