BUSCH: P. J. Jones Rockingham notes

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Feb. 27, 2001) - Driver PJ Jones got off to a great start in the Alltel 200 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series event at North Carolina Speedway Saturday. The ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Feb. 27, 2001) - Driver PJ Jones got off to a great start in the Alltel 200 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series event at North Carolina Speedway Saturday.

The #1 Yellow Racing Chevrolet showed plenty of speed early, passing four competitors less than 20 laps into the race. Unfortunately, the early success was stripped away when a competitor lost control of his race car, forcing PJ into the backstretch wall.

While Jones was able to save the race car, he was forced onto pit road to fix the #1 Yellow Racing Team's radiator and change its flat right front tire. Even though the #1 Chevy lost 14 laps while under repair, saddling Jones with a 37th place finish, he appreciated his team's "Yes We Can" attitude. The #1 Yellow Racing pit crew kept the race car running on the track, efforts that saved Jones four positions at the end of the race.

"With all the damage to the right front fender and radiator, the guys were working hard to keep me in the race," said Jones. "Our race car kept overheating and the damaged sheet metal kept rubbing the right front tire. Three flats forced us into the pits unexpectedly, but we still wouldn't give up."

-Chris Hunt

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