BUSCH: Jeff Purvis Heads home to Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN --- Just like in high school when everyone got excited about the Homecoming football game, Porter-Cable NASCAR Busch Series driver Jeff Purvis is pumped up for his Homecoming race. Purvis, a Clarksville, TN native (just 45 minutes...

NASHVILLE, TN --- Just like in high school when everyone got excited about the Homecoming football game, Porter-Cable NASCAR Busch Series driver Jeff Purvis is pumped up for his Homecoming race. Purvis, a Clarksville, TN native (just 45 minutes from Nashville) heads into the BellSouth Mobility 320 on Saturday afternoon with momentum. After a tough-luck start to the 2000 racing season, Purvis has finished 14th and 10th the last two weeks. This week Purvis will be looking for his first top-five of the season.

"We spent a day testing at Nashville last week and I believe we will be a contender for the win," Purvis said. "I have always gotten around the track well, and I have won here before, just not in a Busch Series car."

Despite growing up close to the .596 mile short track, Purvis has never competed at the legendary track on a regular basis. Purvis began his racing career on the dirt tracks across the country, racking up over 350 feature wins before making the move to asphalt in the late 1980's. Purvis had the opportunity to race in the All-American 400 many times in the 1990's and captured the checkered flag on three occasions, (1991, 1992, 1995).

"Those All-American 400 wins are really special to me," Purvis said. "That race brings out the best short track racers across the country and to beat all those guys is a great feeling."

Purvis will be looking for one more Nashville win this weekend. He knows the keys to victory for his Joe Gibbs Racing owned team.

"We need to qualify up front and stay out of trouble all day long," Purvis said. "It's going to be a rough day of racing and we have to stick to our game plan and be in position to win at the end."

If everything goes as planned for Purvis and the Porter-Cable Racing Team you can look for a big victory party after the race, just like the party back in high school at the Homecoming dance.

PIT NOTE

The BellSouth Mobility 320 will also be a homecoming race for sponsors Porter-Cable and Delta Machinery. Both are located in the western part of the state in Jackson, TN.

Purvis isn't the only Clarksville, TN native on the team, Porter-Cable crew chief Mike Byrd is also from Clarksville.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Purvis
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing