Danny Jackson Confident After Season Opener Despite Finish Cincinnati, OH (April 24, 2008) - Danny Jackson took the track at South Boston, VA with a positive outlook on the Miller Lite 250. Jackson's car was consistent in practice and felt great...
Danny Jackson Confident After Season Opener Despite Finish
Cincinnati, OH (April 24, 2008) - Danny Jackson took the track at South Boston, VA with a positive outlook on the Miller Lite 250. Jackson's car was consistent in practice and felt great as he took the Redbank Transport / Lykins Companies / Greased Lightning Chevy around for a number of practice laps. Although his practice times did not show it, Jackson felt that the hard work in the off-season was going to pay off.
"I was happy with the car after practice and felt comfortable with it going into the qualifying run. We were running on old tires most of practice, so I felt that once we put new tires on, my lap time would be better."
And that it was. Jackson qualified in the 11th position for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup first race in the Northern Division in 2008. That is Jackson's best qualifying effort since he joined the series in 2007 as a rookie.
There's always a certain amount of uncontrollable factors in racing, and this weekend proved to be the weather factor. Scattered thunderstorms were in the forecast for the evening, with race time at 7 p.m. Jackson started out strong, made the early pit stops for gas and tires and planned on staying out on the track for the remaining laps of the Miller Lite 250. However, Jackson was involved in an incident that put him a lap down. Jackson spun going into turn two. Jackson did not sustain any damage, but went a lap down. Then the skies opened up and the rain came. On lap 161, the race officials called the race and Jackson finished in the 23rd position.
"Some things you just can't control, weather being one of them. I still felt we had a good car and I was looking forward to making my way back up to the front. It was unfortunate that I was tangled in that incident, but we got out of it without any damage. Now we have to move on and focus on the next race. If I am taking anything away from this race it's that I'm definitely confident that I have a better car than last season."
The next race in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series is on May 31st at the Milwaukee Mile. Jackson is familiar with this track and has some further experience as his crew chief and father; Dave Jackson has raced in the ASA series before at Milwaukee.
The South Boston race will be televised on VERSUS on Monday, April 28th at 4 p.m.