Jefferson Eyes Prize at Iowa NACHES, WASH. (MAY 15, 2008) Jeff Jefferson, driver of the MJ2 Racing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Camping World Series, has a lot on his mind and a lot to prove this coming Sunday afternoon as the best of the ...
Jefferson Eyes Prize at Iowa
NACHES, WASH. (MAY 15, 2008) Jeff Jefferson, driver of the MJ2 Racing Chevrolet on the NASCAR Camping World Series, has a lot on his mind and a lot to prove this coming Sunday afternoon as the best of the NASCAR Camping World Series converge on Iowa Speedway for the running of the US Cellular "200". The race marks the second year in a row that the East and West divisions of the NCWS combine for a mid-season shootout at the Iowa speed plant.
Jefferson tested the 7/8-mile paved oval two weeks ago and found the track a perfect place to race. Well, almost. During his test he drifted a bit too far up the progressive banking and clipped the wall sidelining his primary car. "I drove the car in a little too deep and that's all it took," Jefferson said. "We did not hurt the car too bad but prepared the back-up car and we are in good shape. This is a beautiful facility and I can't wait to race on Sunday."
Jefferson is currently tied with Austin Cameron and Moses Smith for third in the NCWS-West standings after three races and knows the importance of a good finish at Iowa. "This series is as competitive as I have ever seen it and it will take top five finishes if we want to stay in the points," Jefferson stated. Third through tenth in the standings are separated by just 21-points.
If history is any indication then Jefferson should be in great shape for Sunday's race. He has always performed well on the bigger tracks and finished third at Phoenix last month to move him towards the top of the point standings. Through three races he has claimed 3rd, 11th, and 14th place finishes.
"As a team we are still developing but our focus is squarely on qualifying," Jefferson said. "We have a lot of work to do with our qualifying set up; which will be critical at Iowa."
Critical is the operative word as more than 50 competitors from both series will be on hand for one of 44 starting positions in the race. Jefferson knows the better he qualifies the better his chances in the race. "It is no secret that starting up front improves your chances for a good finish," Jefferson said. "I know we have a great race car and a good shot at a top five finish. This race may come down to pit strategy and we have played out all scenarios and we are ready."
Jefferson drives a team car to Jim Warn and is sponsored by MJ2 Racing, Gran Prix Imports, and Leupold Optic. The car is powered by a Chevrolet NASCAR Spec Engine and sits atop a Hopkins chassis. Jefferson has 27 career NCWS starts with one win, 8 top five and 13 top ten finishes along with two Coors Light Pole Awards.
The US Cellular "200" at Iowa Speedway is round four of the 13-race NASCAR Camping World Series-West schedule for 2008. The race will be televised live on HDNet with the green flag slated for 4:15 pm (CT). This event marks the second year in a row that the East and West combine during the season. All drivers will earn points and finishing positions respective to the series in which they normally compete. 2008 is the 55th year of competition for the NASCAR Camping World Series-West.