BUSCH: Jason Jarrett to drive at IRP

Indianapolis, IN (August 4)-- Driver Jason Jarrett will find himself back behind the wheel of a racecar sooner than expected. Jarrett will return to the driver's seat of the No. 11 Jarrett / Favre Motorsports Rayovac Maximum entry for this...

Indianapolis, IN (August 4)-- Driver Jason Jarrett will find himself back behind the wheel of a racecar sooner than expected.

Jarrett will return to the driver's seat of the No. 11 Jarrett / Favre Motorsports Rayovac Maximum entry for this weekend's Kroger 200 NASCAR Busch Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

After struggling through the first half of the season, Jarrett and his team announced earlier this month that NASCAR veteran Hut Stricklin would step in and drive the No. 11 for three events, the last of which would be the Kroger 200.

The team felt that Stricklin's years of driving experience could help them evaluate their equipment, and identify areas that needed improvement.

Jarrett says his plans to step aside for three races all changed when Stricklin got an offer he couldn't refuse.

"He got the call to drive a Winston Cup car at the Brickyard 400, and I don't blame him for not turning it down," said Jarrett. "Hut has the experience and desire to compete at that level, and we certainly weren't going to hold him back from that kind of opportunity. It just moves our team's plans up by a week."

During Jarrett's hiatus, Stricklin drove the No. 11 in one event, a 28th place finish at Pike's Peak International Raceway on July 22. When qualifying for CarQuest Auto Parts 250 was rained out last weekend, the Jarrett / Favre team's qualifying draw wasn't low enough to get them in the field for the event.

In spite of Stricklin's limited seat time in the Rayovac Maximum car, Jarrett feels the veteran driver helped to answer a lot of questions for the team, and helped the team gather a lot of valuable information.

"We really hit our stride during the second half of the Colorado race, and Hut's knowledge has been a great asset," Jarrett said. "I think that we've definitely shortened our learning curve with Hut's help. We're still a little behind, but not as far behind as we were before he came on board."

Now, Jarrett says, it's time for him to rise to the occasion this weekend.

"I need to be aggressive, and use the knowledge we've gained to develop some consistency and produce some results," Jarrett stated. "Hut believes I can drive this car, my team believes I can drive this car and, most importantly, I believe I can drive this car. Now I want to prove it to everyone else."

The NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Kroger 200 will air live from Indianapolis Raceway Park, Friday, August 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Hut Stricklin , Jason Jarrett