DESPITE BATTLE SCARS, FULLER FINISHES 23RD IN NAPA 300 DAYTONA BEACH, FL - "It could have been worse, it could have been better." That phrase describes the NAPA 300 for Heritage Consumer Products driver Jeff Fuller. After battling hard all...
DESPITE BATTLE SCARS, FULLER FINISHES 23RD IN NAPA 300
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - "It could have been worse, it could have been better." That phrase describes the NAPA 300 for Heritage Consumer Products driver Jeff Fuller. After battling hard all week during qualifying and practice, Fuller was working his way into position for a great finish when he found himself caught up in a multi-car accident during the midpoint of Saturday's race. Despite the accident, Fuller salvaged a 23rd place finish out of the long afternoon. With hard work from his Leon Fox led pit crew, Fuller returned to the race and managed to finish 94 of the 120 laps.
The week was full of excitement for the Heritage Consumer Products team. After not making the top twenty-five in the first round of qualifying, Fuller and the team were forced to enter the 2nd round of qualifying. Fuller impressed everyone as he laid down one of the fastest laps of the session and claimed the 35th starting spot. Fuller knew he would have his work cut out for him starting so far back, but at least he was in the race, while 23 other cars were headed home.
After two more days of practice, race day had arrived. With excitement in the air, Fuller climbed into his Heritage Consumer Products Chevrolet for the 1st of 32 races this year. The race was moving right along, Fuller had worked his way into contention for a strong finish when the accident occurred. Cars were sliding everywhere across the frontstretch, when Fuller made contact with one of the spinning cars. The team kept their heads held high though and went to work to return Jeff to the race and claim more valuable Busch Grand National points.
As the race came to an end, Randy Lajoie led Jeff Green to the checkered flag to claim the victory.
"We learned a lot from this race that will help us when we head to Talladega for the next restrictor plate race," Fuller said. "The guys worked hard all week and I believe we were headed for a strong finish. I am excited about the season, we have a real solid team and I believe we will be in contention at Rockingham this weekend."
The Busch Series heads to Rockingham for the Alltel 300 on Saturday. The Nashville Network and Motor Racing Network will provide live coverage of the event.