PJ Jones: "For the practice we did get at Michigan, we were making progress with every adjustment we made. We knew with the addition of some Winston Cup drivers trying to make the show, qualifying was going to be challenging, but we felt pretty...
PJ Jones: "For the practice we did get at Michigan, we were making progress with every adjustment we made. We knew with the addition of some Winston Cup drivers trying to make the show, qualifying was going to be challenging, but we felt pretty confident about our motor package. On my first lap, turns one and two felt good - then, luck turned the opposite direction. One of these days, and let's hope it's this Friday at Bristol, everything will come together, including and especially 'Lady Luck'."
The #19 Yellow/Pameco team was prepared to do battle at Michigan Speedway - holding their own against the Winston Cup drivers that would return to compete in Saturday's event was the number one goal. Trying out a new motor package made practice time crucial for the team. It rained for most of Thursday, eliminating a practice session and first-round qualifying. The Busch Series cars were on the track for a total of 30 minutes that day, before all activities were canceled due to weather.
The 30 minutes did prove valuable for the #19 Yellow/Pameco team. Crew chief, George Church, and driver, PJ Jones, put together several set-up options to try for practice the following day. The hour-long practice on Friday morning was strong and the team believed they could make the show. PJ was the sixth car sent out to qualify. His corner speeds in turns one and two were similar to those who had qualified before him. Then, coming out of turn three, the motor began skipping and by turn four, what was to be determined as a fuel pick-up problem forced PJ to end his qualifying attempt.
Jones would not make the show. Todd Bodine took the win, his first of the season.
PJ remained at Michigan on race day to visit and sign autographs for an estimated 200 Yellow hospitality guests. Jones also brought Winston Cup driver, Wally Dallenbach, to the tent. Dallenbach drove the #75 Ford Taurus on Sunday, carrying the Yellow logo on the car. Dallenbach started 20th and finished 25th.
The next event in the NASCAR Busch Series takes place Friday, August 25th at Bristol Motor Speedway.