Jeff Fultz Scores Season-Best Fifth at Myrtle Beach Fast JCR3 Racing Car and Hard Work Pay Off To Get Season Back On Track CHARLOTTE, NC (October 30, 2006) -- October 28th was circled on Jeff Fultz's calendar since June. In the first USAR ...
Jeff Fultz Scores Season-Best Fifth at Myrtle Beach
Fast JCR3 Racing Car and Hard Work Pay Off To Get Season Back On Track
CHARLOTTE, NC (October 30, 2006) -- October 28th was circled on Jeff Fultz's calendar since June. In the first USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division event at the Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC), Fultz and his JCR3 Racing team were the ones to beat. Fultz had a fast #54 machine and looked to be on his way to a strong finish. In fact, he did cross beneath the checkered flag with a good result, but it was taken away in post-race technical inspection by an engine part that did not conform to series rules -- a problem that was unbeknownst to the entire JCR3 operation. That started a tough stretch of races for Fultz that were full of mechanical failures that kept him away from contending for wins and the championship in his rookie season.
That was why Fultz was so eager to get back to Myrtle Beach on October 28th as part of the Pro Cup "Four Champions Championship Series." Against the best of the best in the Pro Cup ranks from the North and the South, Fultz wrapped up what he and the JCR3 team started earlier in the year by finishing a season-high fifth in the "Mark Brooks Memorial 250."
"We were so excited to come back here," said Fultz. "We have always run good here, and we about won the last race here. The team's been down a little bit because we've been breaking things. Nothing has been because of lack of effort, but broken rear ends, broken motors and batteries going dead -- just stupid things that you can't control have been happening. Since we've left here, we've had a 'why do we keep coming back' kind of attitude.
People think that it's tough for us in this series. It's not been tough; we can be as competitive as we've always been each and every week. When we unloaded in this series, we led laps, sat on poles and ran up front, but we just got a monkey on our backs. Tonight a fifth is good for the team."
Fultz started from the 12th position and quickly found himself racing with the top-five competitors. Fast pit stops by the JCR3 Racing team got him back in contention on both of the team's pit stops. Racing inside the top-five late in the race with a car that looked to be eventual race winner Clay Rogers' biggest threat, Fultz got tagged from behind off the fourth corner, sending his #54 machine into a spin. The driver did a masterful job of not slamming the wall, and the rest of the field behind him managed to avoid further contact, and Fultz was able to get his car straightened out, only losing a few positions. Fultz rallied back up to fifth at the checkered flag.
"This was a great run for us, but I would've liked to have more, and I think we should have had more. I think we would've had a shot at Clay, but even if we didn't, we had a car to beat. In the short runs I had something that could run with him, but he had a good long run car. I just got turned around and I was lucky enough to do a 360 and not lose too many spots.
"When I spun, I just grabbed second gear and just kept on going. I lost a couple spots, but I didn't get hit. We were very fortunate to not get hit. Usually you don't get that lucky. I nicked the right-front nose in the inside wall and that spun me around real quick. That took at least a second away from us and maybe even a win, but we'll still take this one and go on."
With hopefully the monkey off his back, Fultz will be back behind the wheel of the #54 machine at South Georgia Motorsports Park for the second-to-last Championship Series event of the season on November 11th.