Jefferson Finds Lone Star State Lonely KYLE, TEXAS (April 19, 2008) Jeff Jefferson of Naches, WA driving his MJ2 Racing/Gran Prix Imports Chevrolet found starting on the outside on double file restarts in the NASCAR Camping World Series a lonely...
Jefferson Finds Lone Star State Lonely
KYLE, TEXAS (April 19, 2008) Jeff Jefferson of Naches, WA driving his MJ2 Racing/Gran Prix Imports Chevrolet found starting on the outside on double file restarts in the NASCAR Camping World Series a lonely place to be at the 3/8-mile oval of Thunder Hill Raceway.
Jefferson qualified 11th starting the 150-lap race on the coveted inside row but dropped back on the initial start to 14th. Over the first third of the race he was able to gain ground on several restarts eventually moving up to the fourth position by lap 115.
A couple of late race cautions bunched up the field relegating Jefferson to the outside lane for the final three restarts which cost him several positions, but he held steady in the eighth position in a fierce battle with several cars trying to stay inside the top ten.
As the front six cars sorted themselves out, Jefferson and fellow Northwest competitor Jeff Barkshire battled side-by-side for several laps but tangled in turn three sending Jefferson spinning with just a handful of laps remaining.
Jefferson restarted 19th with 10 laps left in the race and was able to make his way up to the 14th position when the checkered flag fell on the Allstate Texas Thunder "150".
"I don't think I have ever seen a one groove race track like this before," Jefferson said. "These double file restarts really change the outcome of the race and tonight you really did not want to be in the outside groove."
The finish will unofficially drop Jefferson from third to fourth in standings after three races in the inaugural season for MJ2 Racing. Though it was a tough night for his new team, the night was not as bad as it could have been. "This is typical short track racing and it was just tough to move forward when you lined up on the outside and the guys on the inside were not giving anything away."
Next up for Jefferson and his MJ2 Racing team is the US Cellular 200 at the Iowa Speedway Sunday, May 18.