USAR: Jeff Fultz season preview

Jeff Fultz Ready To Continue Early Success with Pro Cup No Longer a Rookie, Fultz Looks to Make a Splash in 2007 Pro Cup Season CHARLOTTE, NC (March 1, 2007) -- Jeff Fultz has already had a pretty impressive 2007. In two starts he has already...

Jeff Fultz Ready To Continue Early Success with Pro Cup
No Longer a Rookie, Fultz Looks to Make a Splash in 2007 Pro Cup Season

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 1, 2007) -- Jeff Fultz has already had a pretty impressive 2007. In two starts he has already claimed victory, but now it is time to get down to business. His real racing season starts next weekend when the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series heads to USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL, for the Aaron's Southern Division season opener.

"I am ready to get going with the 2007 Pro Cup season," said Fultz. "Last year, at the beginning of the season, we ran really well. Then we struggled to the end just because of breaking and falling out of races. In order to prevent that, we have been doing some testing.

"The team went up and tested at Concord Motorsport Park last week before I went to run at Birmingham (with his own Super Late Model). The car was really nice. We had a few little bugs in it, but we were able to get it out. We wanted to go test at Lakeland for the opener, but we just weren't able to work out the schedule. But I think that we will be fine. I am looking forward to getting down there again; we sat on the pole the last time that we were there and should be fast again."

There will be some new things on board with JCR this year when they take to the track at Lakeland. One will be that the No. 54 will have a new car color; instead of the blue of last year, the car will take on a silver look. And there will be a new face calling the shots on the track.

"We have a new crew chief on board with us this year, Mike Hester. He has been in the Pro Cup series for a few years. He came on board and he basically built us a whole new car, put together the way that he likes to do it. He and Jeff Craig work in the shop together, and they have really built us a great looking piece. We are going with a new color this year; it is silver instead of blue, and we also have a new engine builder with Automotive Specialist coming on board."

Fultz claimed victory last week in the Early Bird event at Birmingham International Raceway in a Super Late Model. While the two racecars are different, he feels that the momentum gained in that victory will carry on over to the Pro Cup side of racing as well.

"No matter what you do, you just want to go win big races," added Fultz. "That's just the way we are, and we are used to winning. Last year was really hard on JCR3 and me, just because we were used to being able to lead races right out of the gate and being able to win races but just couldn't capitalize on what we needed to do.

"We took a couple of races off at the end of the year just so we could focus on getting ready for this year and on being more competitive. Our team has never not been competitive. What we mean by that is that we want to win races and be in the top-five in points. We are capable of doing it; we just had to do a little bit of homework and get some people in there to help us. Now that that is done, I think that we should be really good for the 2007 season."

The 2007 season for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series will get underway Saturday, March 10th, in Lakeland, Florida, at the USA International Speedway.

-credit: jcr

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Fultz , Jeff Craig