The #19 Yellow/Pameco team returns to Busch Series' competition this weekend at the "Monster Mile." "You may not have seen us at the track the last few weekends, but the workload certainly didn't lessen," commented crew chief for Emerald Performance Group, George Church. "I kept the guys on a routine and we were able to catch up on many elements of the program and spend even more time on our pit stop practice." Driver, PJ Jones, did the same. "It's important to remain disciplined, even when there are off-weekends during the season. I still train during the week and continue to work with George to develop our strategy for Dover. This team is definitely looking forward to heading back to the track."
Jones' seventh-place starting position in the spring is his best on an oval this season. Even though motor troubles forced an early exit from the race, the team has confidence they can go the distance this time around. "We're bringing the same car we had here in the spring which ran well as soon as it was unloaded," stated Church. "We're using a completely re-vamped motor from T&L that should offer power and endurance. This is also a good track for PJ - the speed doesn't intimidate him - the faster the better for our driver."
Concrete on tracks used to be synonymous with tire-wear concerns. Not anymore. "Goodyear brought a great tire for the spring race, that it really wasn't a factor at all for the spring event," Jones described. "The track has such good grip and the consistency of the tire was excellent. After looking at some of the results from a few teams that tested at Dover, it doesn't appear the lap times have changed that much. If we can unload well again as we did in the spring, we should be able to qualify in the top 15."
The "MBNA.com 200 " will be broadcast live on TNN and MRN on Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. eastern.