JENKINS FINISHES THIRD & GETS NEW TEAMMATE - JEREMY MCGRATH PORTLAND, Oregon (August 18th, 2007) - His fifth top-five finish of the season, rookie Scottie Jenkins nailed down yet another third-place late-model finish at Irwindale Speedway last...
JENKINS FINISHES THIRD & GETS NEW TEAMMATE - JEREMY MCGRATH
PORTLAND, Oregon (August 18th, 2007) - His fifth top-five finish of the season, rookie Scottie Jenkins nailed down yet another third-place late-model finish at Irwindale Speedway last Saturday night. Despite intense heat and high humidity, Jenkins qualified first with a blistering fast lap time of 19.011 seconds. After qualifications, Scottie spun a "3" on the inversion wheel and would start the race third.
Jenkins drove aggressively right from the start and began challenging Justice Brothers / High Point Racing teammate Chris Carmody and race leader Nick Joanides. "We all had very good cars, and knew the race would belong to the guy who got out front first!" exclaimed Jenkins after the race. There were no yellow flags whatsoever, and the race progressed at a very quick pace. "Carmody, Joanides and I ran side by side for about ten laps. I got to the high side of Carmody and was able to get by on the outside about lap nine. From there we put our heads down and inched closer to Joanides, but the harder we pushed the harder it became to catch him. I believe we got the tires too hot and with no yellows it was difficult to cool them down for a good pass attempt," said Scottie. Jenkins was firmly in second place for approximately twenty laps, then began feeling pressure from car #31 driver Dan DiGiacomo. DiGiacomo waited until a lapped car separated him from Jenkins, then executed a clean pass to the inside and eased Jenkins back to third for the finish.
"I really need to thank the High Point Racing crew of Travis Thirkettle, Kevin, Eldon, Marco and Jim for all of their help. I owe a lot to these guys for giving me a car that's capable of winning races each and every weekend. With only three races left, it's up to me to put their car in the lead and keep it there through the checkered flag!" said Jenkins. "I'm also thrilled to hear that past AMA motocross champ Jeremy McGrath will be joining the High Point Racing team, and look forward to racing the NASCAR Whelen All-American series with him."