Jeff Purvis enters into this weekend's race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 19th place in the Busch Series Point Standings. Purvis has recorded 2 top-five and 6 top-ten finishes in 16 races this year. Purvis has recorded a 2nd place...
Jeff Purvis enters into this weekend's race at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 19th place in the Busch Series Point Standings. Purvis has recorded 2 top-five and 6 top-ten finishes in 16 races this year. Purvis has recorded a 2nd place and 6th place finish the last two races. Purvis has climbed nine spots in the point standings the last two races.
Q. How would you describe your 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season so far?
A. It's been a rollercoaster ride so far, we have been up and we have been down, but right now we seem to be on a pretty strong climb and we are improving each week. We are running strong enough right now to win any of the next few races. With Doug Richert leading the team, our cars are getting better every week. The last couple of races we have been able to practice, qualify and race inside the top ten, it's hard to ask for much more than that. When you become a consistent top-ten car is when you start to contend for victories each weekend.
Q. Do you have any favorite memories of the season so far?
A. To come right out of the box in Daytona and lead the race like we did was a lot of fun, but then we hit some debris that busted the radiator and ended our day. That was real disappointing, I believe we would have won the Daytona race without the trouble. Talladega was a lot of fun, we ran up front all day and finished third. The Milwaukee race was awesome to qualify on the front row and then finish second. I still believe our best runs are in the future though.
Q. In late May, Joe Gibbs Racing hired Doug Richert as your crew chief, what has this addition meant to the team?
A. Doug brings so much experience to the table and always seems to have an answer for any problem we have. Doug has been able to improve our racecars and make us more prepared when we unload the racecars at the tracks. We have unloaded fast every week that Doug has been here.
All the guys are working hard for Doug and we are having a lot more fun at the racetracks right now.
Q. With the summer in full swing now, what have you been doing with your spare time back in Clarksville, TN?
A. My boys, Thomas and Clay really keep me busy with their activities. I have been watching them play baseball and compete in all-star tournaments all summer long. We took a few days last week to attend the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Atlanta, that was a unique experience for all of us. Last week I managed to squeeze in a dirt late model race at Tennessee Motor Speedway. I didn't win (finished 4th), but I had a lot of fun out there in the dirt.
Q. Any plans for more dirt races this year?
A. I am hoping to sneak in a few more races on the dirt, I haven't decided which ones yet though. I know they are going to have a Million Dollar to Win race in Eldora, Ohio but we have a Busch race that day. Can you imagine, racing to win a million dollars? Maybe that race will get rained out and rescheduled for an off weekend!
Q. How have you enjoyed being sponsored by Porter-Cable this year?
A. They have been great to work with this year both on and off the track. Porter-Cable is dedicated to racing and they have a great group of products to market through the sport. We use a lot of their tools on the racecars and the guys all talk about how well they perform. It's amazing the number of people in the NASCAR garage that come up to me now, wanting me to get them a tool.
Q. Do you have any racing goals for the remainder of the season?
A. I want to win at least one race and one pole, hopefully more. This team is ready to win and they deserve it for all their hard work and dedication. We want to be one of the top five teams in points earned for the second half of the season. It will take a real strong effort, but maybe we can even work are way back into the top-ten in points for the season if we can stay out of trouble the rest of the year.
Q. Can you win this weekend in Pikes Peak?
A. I believe we will be one of the favorites for the win. Doug and the Porter-Cable Team will give me a great car and if we can catch a few breaks, it could be our day. I really enjoy that track and the area around the track, it's one of the neatest places we get to visit each year.