PJ Jones: "We felt our chances for qualifying were pretty strong since we brought the same car we raced at Dover in the spring (started seventh). I was surprised by the significant change in both the handling and horsepower. So many things...
PJ Jones: "We felt our chances for qualifying were pretty strong since we brought the same car we raced at Dover in the spring (started seventh). I was surprised by the significant change in both the handling and horsepower. So many things can make a difference - a new engine package, a slightly different tire, warmer track conditions, you name it. That's why I look forward to testing at Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday. You can gather so much more data on how your car will react to a combination of variables. It should really make an impact on the performance of this team."
With the addition of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover, the Busch Series teams were limited to one, two-hour practice session before qualifying. After identifying an electrical problem within the dash of the car, PJ Jones was recording competitive lap times in the #19 Yellow/Pameco Chevy. The straightaway speeds were some of the fastest and after making some adjustments to improve the handling, the corner speeds began to improve.
Once practice was over, Jones was listed 30th, with a lap time of 23.437. Qualifying began at 12:15 on Friday and immediately, it was apparent the qualifying lap times were slower than most had recorded in practice. The same fate would fall upon Jones who recorded a qualifying lap time of 23.716.
It would not be enough to make the field.
On Saturday, in spite of the challenges faced on the racetrack the day before, Jones did make a special visit to Yellow's corporate hospitality event. Jones remained in the tent for over an hour answering questions and signing autographs for an estimated 200 guests - an experience his fans won't soon forget.
Matt Kenseth won the event, which started 45 minutes late due to rain. The next event in the NASCAR Busch Series takes place Saturday, October 7 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.