BUSCH: Indy IRP: PJ Jones preview

P.J. JONES No. 43 Diversified Partners/Kroger 25th Anniversary Dodge FAST FACTS * After a four-race hiatus, the ...

No. 43 Diversified Partners/Kroger 25th Anniversary Dodge


* After a four-race hiatus, the #43 Diversified Partners/Kroger 25th Anniversary Dodge team of the Curb Agajanian Performance Group comes to O'Reilly (Indianapolis) Raceway Park with driver P.J. Jones behind the wheel for Saturday night's NASCAR Busch Series Kroger 200.

* Last we saw of Jones and the #43 team, the veteran driver had a stellar night at Daytona on July 1, racing his way from the back of the 43-car grid for a 13th-place finish, which stands as the team's top race-day effort in 2006.

* Saturday night's 200-lap race around the 0.686-mile oval here will be Jones' 27th career NBS event and his second at O'Reilly Raceway Park. His other NBS start here was in 2000, and he also drove in the 1995 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race here, qualifying fourth in the #1 Sears DieHard entry.

* Jones already has a major auto race in Indianapolis under his belt for 2006. He drove the #98 Curb Records-sponsored IRL IndyCar Series CAPG entry to a 19th-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 last May.

* Aaron Fike drove the first 13 events in #43 CAPG Dodge. He put it on the front row at Daytona, qualified sixth on the superspeedway at Talladega, and recorded top finishes of 15th at Nashville and 18th at Bristol in 14 starts. Road racing specialist Chris Cook recorded followed with strong qualifying and race efforts at Nashville and Kentucky in June. Cook will be back behind the wheel at Watkins Glen next week.

* As it was at Daytona, on board as a sponsor of the #43 CAPG Dodge this weekend is Scottsdale, Ariz.-based real estate developer Diversified Partners (www.diversified-partners.com), which also sponsored Jones' CAPG entry at the Indy 500.

P.J. JONES QUOTES ON INDIANAPOLIS -- "I'm really looking forward to getting back in the CAPG car. We had a great run together at Daytona, which amounted to a 13th-place finish and their best run in a couple of years. We'll want to keep the momentum going on the short track at IRP. I've done a ton of laps there over the years, mostly in (USAC) Silver Crown and Midgets. I held the Silver Crown track record there for a while, but I've never been to the winner's circle there. So that's something I'd really love to do, perhaps even on Saturday night. It's always an exciting race. We've got a lot of excitement going with Diversified Partners, and Kroger, which has sponsored the race for the last 25 years. We'll look to pick up where we left off at Daytona and hopefully bring this team the attention it deserves from sponsors who can get it back to racing the Busch circuit every week. A good showing on Saturday night would do wonders to that end."


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Drivers P.J. Jones , Aaron Fike , Chris Cook