BURNS AND JACKAROO CREW HAVE BREAKOUT NIGHT AT IRP Hard work, help from Spraker finally pay off INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 22, 2002) - USAR Hooter's ProCup Northern Division rookie Jimmy Burns and his Jackaroo Meat Sauces crew finally had the kind...
BURNS AND JACKAROO CREW HAVE BREAKOUT NIGHT AT IRP
Hard work, help from Spraker finally pay off
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 22, 2002) - USAR Hooter's ProCup Northern Division rookie Jimmy Burns and his Jackaroo Meat Sauces crew finally had the kind of night they felt they were capable of having by finishing third in the Kroger 250 at historic IRP on Saturday night. Burns carefully picked his way through the field after starting 21st on the grid and stayed with the leaders throughout the balance of the race.
"We struggled a bit through practice earlier today - I think we may have only been 25th fastest - but once the green flag dropped our car just handled just great and I was able to pick off the cars ahead of me one at a time", Burns said.
Aside from some good driving on his part, Burns had some additional experience and help in his pits this weekend. Jeff Spraker, who owns Spraker Racing Enterprises and runs in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Grand National Series was there lending a hand. "Jeff a big help to us this weekend - he was just great. He knows IRP pretty well and has the experience we needed. He kept telling me to conserve my tires and to keep running up high. He also kept everybody together on the crew, which was a big help." Indeed, the Jackaroo Crew finally got to show some of its pit stop skill by cracking off a stop late in the race that was equal to Jay Fogelman's, allowing Burns to stay right with the leaders.
"The heat made the middle part of the race so hard. We just toughed it out and we finally came in and made a few adjustments around lap 175, then we were able to run with the leaders," Burns said. "Being able to do that and finishing where we did is what we've wanted to do all along for our fans and our sponsors. We're looking forward to seeing if we can make this a regular thing."
Jimmy and the team wanted to extend a special thanks to Jeff Spraker for all his help this weekend and to our Primary Sponsor, Eastern Foods and their Jackaroo brand for their support and words of encouragement.