Brooklyn, MI --- (August 13, 2000) --- The date was June 25th of this year, Porter-Cable driver Jeff Purvis was sitting in the 28th position in the NASCAR Busch Series Points race. Purvis had just finished sitting out the Watkins Glen race...
Brooklyn, MI --- (August 13, 2000) --- The date was June 25th of this year, Porter-Cable driver Jeff Purvis was sitting in the 28th position in the NASCAR Busch Series Points race. Purvis had just finished sitting out the Watkins Glen race with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and road course specialist, Curtis Markham piloting the # 4 Pontiac. Purvis had expected to contend for the 2000 Busch Series title, yet bad luck, a turnover in the crew chief position and aerodynamic disadvantages on the Pontiac had led to a rough start of the season. There had been some bright spots for the team though, Purvis was leading the season opening Daytona race late in the day when a piece of debris put a hole in the radiator ended his day. Purvis had also used the same car in Talladega for a 3rd place finish and had scored 4 top-ten finishes in 14 starts.
The biggest bright spot however may have occurred in late May though, when crew chief Doug Richert was hired to direct the Porter-Cable Team. Richert brought a wealth of knowledge and a strong desire for success to the team. Suddenly the team's fortunes turned and over the last five races, Purvis has scored three 2nd place finishes and only one finish outside the top-ten, 13th in Pikes Peak. Purvis came within .300 seconds of winning the last race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Purvis has now climbed to 15th in the point standings, just 82 points away from tenth. In the owner's standings, team owner Joe Gibbs has climbed to 12th position, just 57 points outside of tenth.
"It's been an incredible summer of racing," Purvis said. "Doug has brought so much energy and determination to the team and all the guys from top to bottom have stepped up to the plate and delivered. We are so close to winning some races, hopefully Michigan will be the first of many."
Purvis and the Porter-Cable Racing Team will continue their drive up the leader board on Saturday afternoon in the NAPAonline.com 250. The team hopes to use a combination of horsepower and chassis handling to drive to the front and hopefully pull off a win on the wide 2-mile oval. Purvis is no stranger to Michigan's Victory Lane, having won the Busch Series racing there in 1996.
The NAPAonline.com 250 takes the green flag at 12 noon on Saturday.