BUSCH: Michigan: Jamie Mosley preview

This will be Jamie's first trip to the two-mile Michigan International Speedway. It will be the first time Jamie has competed on a track larger than 1.5 miles during his stock car racing career. Eight years ago, Jamie came to the Charlotte, NC,...

This will be Jamie's first trip to the two-mile Michigan International Speedway. It will be the first time Jamie has competed on a track larger than 1.5 miles during his stock car racing career.

Eight years ago, Jamie came to the Charlotte, NC, region to talk with several teams in the racing industry and quickly got a rude awakening about how the business works. After staying two or three days, Mosley was out of money and headed back to Kentucky. Along the way, he stopped at Harry Ranier's shop and was introduced to Tony Stewart after the now Winston Cup champ had just competed in his first Busch Series event. Still a virtual unknown to the NASCAR world, Stewart offered to let Jamie crash at his place for several nights so he could continue chasing his dream. Now, eight years later, Mosley will get to compete in the same race as Stewart.

Mosley will have a new car for this weekend's Cabela's 250 at Michigan. The chassis is a former Robert Yates Racing machine driven by Kasey Kahne in 2002. The new 2003 Ford Taurus body was just hung on the car last week.

Jamie recently agreed to a deal with Jay Robinson that will allow him to focus the rest of his 2003 season on the NASCAR Busch Series. He made his series debut earlier this year when he substituted for Dan Pardus in Jay Robinson's #39 car at Nashville Superspeedway. Mosley will run the rest of the year in Robinson's #39 car.

Jamie, who also serves as a Kentucky State Police Dispatcher during the week, will have several members of his old ARCA crew back with him at Michigan this weekend. Much of the crew is comprised of Jamie's law enforcement "buddies." They consist of Kentucky State Troopers, Deputies and local Kentucky Police Officers.

JAMIE'S QUOTE BOX

On heading to Michigan International Speedway--

"The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Michigan is the size of the racetrack. I'm learning all these new tracks pretty quickly. I'm going from a one-mile track at Pikes Peak to the two-mile at Michigan. I've talked with several people and they have told me that you can really run into the corners hard there. You really carry a lot of speed, too. And I have also been told that there are a lot of racing grooves there. I really have my work cut out for me going to Michigan. I am going to have a quick learning curve before Saturday gets here.

On racing with Tony Stewart--

"When we first met, Tony was someone that I really looked up to. Nobody knew him yet, but I really followed the USAC Series and respected what he did when he won the Triple Crown. He let me stay with him and chase the dream a little longer. We've had limited contact since that point due to his busy schedule, but anytime we can, we try to take the time and catch up. I got to hang out with him last year during the rain delayed ARCA race at Charlotte. It is a big thing to me this weekend. It will feel good to walk across the same stage as Tony Stewart. I feel like I have finally arrived as a race car driver now."

On having the "old crew" back--

"It will be good to have some of the old guys back with me, plus some new people. We aren't expecting to have an A-team performance on pit road, but we should be good. They've practiced hard and will continue to practice their butts off."

On the announcement to run the rest of the Busch Series season--

It's definitely a relief to know that we are going to run these last 12 races, but it is right at the pressure point of the year where we are also trying to work at things for 2004. We want to focus on 2003, but we also need to get things for 2004 lined up. It also puts the pressure on how to come up with some sponsorship so we can keep putting better and better equipment under us. We are going to Michigan with the best race car that we have taken to a racetrack. It is going to take some money to keep equipment like that going.

On what to prove "on track" for the rest of the year--

"Step one is just to make the races each week on speed. I don't have a doubt as to whether or not we can do it, but there are a lot of quality cars out there each week. We don't want to have to rely on provisionals. The long term goal is to keep moving the car up in owner points for the rest of the year. I think the other thing I need to do is learn these new racetracks."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kasey Kahne , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing