Devin Jones Racing Ties for Pole at Hickory

by Devin Jones Racing
on 28 September, 2011

Jones Finds His Speed in Qualifying      

Devin Jones found his qualifying speed on Saturday during the twin 50 Late Model Stock features at Hickory Motor Speedway. In a 20-car field, he tied for pole for the first race and qualified in forth for the second feature.

“We came here on Friday with Roger Johnson from Performance Warehouse and he had to work with this car that is definitely an older car,” said Jones. “But, he found a set up that this car and my driving style adapted very well to. He changed a few things before qualifying that really made a difference.”

Jones went out to qualify in a car that was as fast as it looked. With the twin features, the first qualifying lap would set the field for race one and the second qualifying lap would set the field for the second race. Jones tied for the pole in race one and qualified in fourth for race two.

“We were very pleased with our qualifying run and ready for the first feature,” said Jones. “We  set out on the start of the first feature with a strong run at the green, but a caution just a few laps later had us restarting once again. That’s when our luck for the day changed.”

Jones took the restart with a strong run off of turn four, but by the time he hit the start/finish something was amiss.

“I pulled the car into fourth gear on the restart, but as we were crossing the start/finish line the car had popped out of gear into neutral and the rest of the 20 car field had to check up,” said Jones. “It was unfortunate that so many good cars got torn up. We really would have had a strong run, no less than a top three.”

“Something had to go wrong in the transmission for it to do that,” added Jones. “We will be tearing apart the transmission to find the problem.”

“I wish this wouldn’t have happened,” said Jones. “But I’ve been around long enough to know that that’s just racing. These Late Model Stocks are so much more fun to drive than a Super Late Model. You really have to finesse these cars and set people up in this form of racing. It’s not just about horsepower.”

“What I am very excited about, though, is how Roger, Aaron and Tony made this car absolutely come alive,” said Jones. “I promise you one thing, with Roger setting up the car, we will be back in front. We have the set up and we have the team with Performance Warehouse.

“The future looks bright,” added Jones. “A special thanks goes to all of the Hickory fans that come out, rain or shine.”


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