After finishing 11th in the Northern Division points standings, driver Jimmy Burns and his Jackaroo Barbecue Sauce sponsored team, entered this weekends USAR Pro Cup Series event, the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250 ...
After finishing 11th in the Northern Division points standings, driver Jimmy Burns and his Jackaroo Barbecue Sauce sponsored team, entered this weekends USAR Pro Cup Series event, the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Astral Industries, at the Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana with high hopes and expectations after a season of bad luck and disappointing finishes. The team was hoping for a fresh start in this first of five Championship Series Events, thanks to this unique playoff style showdown.
The USAR Championship Series places the top 30 competitors from the Northern and Southern divisions together for a five race championship series where all the money and prestige are on the line. "For our team, the championship series is a fresh start and we hope that we used up all of our bad luck during the regular season. Now we can go out and show everyone how strong this team is," said driver Jimmy Burns prior to the day's events.
The team practiced well at the extremely fast high banks of Winchester and qualified 22nd, which the team was happy with considering the degree of competition at the Championship series events. Early in the race Jimmy held his own running with series favorites Jason Sarvis, Steve Christian, and Brian Ross. Jimmy would make it through the "Big One" a big pileup on the front straightaway and felt as though his race was going very well, slowly picking his way to the front and feeling confident running with the caliber of cars surrounding him.
Just after a radio conversation with his crew relaying how happy Jimmy was with his cars handling, the engine would loose a cylinder and a few laps later would slow and make the team retire from the race before the 50 lap mark.
"This a real tough way to start the championship series. Michael and the whole crew did a great job of getting the car to handle well and I was really just trying to keep in touch with the leaders and looking forward to a great run. It is just hard to swallow when you have a great car like we did and we couldn't capitalize on it. We are unsure of our plans for next season and we really could have used a great run. We'll get things ready and see what we can do at Jennerstown in a few weeks," said a dejected Jimmy after the race.
The team will now have two weeks to prepare for their next event at the Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday October 4th.
Jimmy Burns Motorsports would like to thank their sponsors: Jackaroo Barbecue Sauce, Toxabsorb, Frank Farrell Trucking, RPM cards, Messer MG Industries, Dayco, Mothers, Stewart Warner, Synergyn, Deka Batteries, and Leaf Racewear.
For more information on the Jimmy Burns Motorsports team please visit www.jimmyburns.com