The temperatures at South Boston offered driver, PJ Jones, a glimpse of what many summertime races, including this weekend's "Myrtle Beach 250," are going to feel like. "The crew has added a lot of different features to the ...
The temperatures at South Boston offered driver, PJ Jones, a glimpse of what many summertime races, including this weekend's "Myrtle Beach 250," are going to feel like. "The crew has added a lot of different features to the #19 Yellow/Pameco Chevy to try and keep the heat away from me," Jones said. "They installed a cool mat on the floor of the car, insulated the oil cavity and added a 'cool box,' a system developed by NASA engineers that comes as close to air conditioning as we can get for a racecar. Even though this weekend's race is at night, it's still expected to be pretty hot, so I'm thankful the crew has helped me find a way to beat the heat."
"To me, all short tracks are pretty much the same," described crew chief, George Church. "In comparison to Myrtle Beach, we're bringing the same car, we'll have the same tire Goodyear brought to South Boston, and our spring and shock set-up will be pretty much the same, too. The only thing we'll probably need to adjust is the gear. For the driver, if you want to practice for a short track race, go drive on Interstate 77 in Charlotte during rush hour. It's the same thing. There are spurts of speed, but it's mostly a lot of stops and starts and avoiding wrecks. We held our own at South Boston, so I think it's going to be a good day at Myrtle Beach for the #19 Yellow/Pameco team."
The "Myrtle Beach 250" marks race no. 16 on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule - the halfway point of the season. That's not how the #19 Yellow/Pameco team sees it. "We feel like our season started at Dover, so this is more like our third race," Church stated. "We have a new group of guys, PJ and I have just begun working together and we're racing cars we just finished re-building. There is a great deal of energy here - not the kind you find when you're at the halfway point, but what you feel like when you're on your way to Daytona. We strongly believe it won't be long before we're a force to be reckoned with."
The "Myrtle Beach 250" will be broadcast live on TNN and MRN on Saturday, June 17 at 9:30 p.m. eastern.