Race Highlights - 2014
Watermelon Capitol Speedway, Cordele, GA
January 26, 2014
Garrett had a great run at Speedfest... up until the last lap! He qualified 2nd and the top 10 were inverted, this put him at P9 to start. He raced up front all day and on the last lap was taken out; he was sitting in position to finish 2nd. "This guy raced us with no sense all day. I think he hit everbody on the track at some point today. I thought this was Speedfest not wreckfest. He obviously didn't get the memo! Nemechek had a little better bit better tires at the end but it was us two out front for the final 15. It was great being in contention all day and running door-to-door with him, Bowen, South, Burton and a few others. I guess I'm still learning who has the talent to run side by side for a lot of laps. It is ashamed that someone driving way over their head destroyed our car." Stated Garrett.
"Thanks to Jamie Skinner, Jason Boyd and Ben Zell, Electro Fuse, PRW, Pilot Flying J, and Five Star Racecar Bodies for all their support. The #88 PRW Pro Late Model was really hooked-up this weekend," commented Garrett.
New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL
February 14 - 22, 2014
2014 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
When rolling into the track, Garrett commented, "I can't believe I get to be part of Speedweeks this year..."
Night 1 - Qualified 5; inverted and started 1 finished 4
"I didn't get that first win but I learned a lot. This is a completely new car that the guys finished yesterday morning..." commented Garrett.
Night 2 - Qualified 5; inverted and started 3, finished 4
Night 3 - Qualified 3; finished 2
It was looking good as Garrett led 41 of the 50 laps
Night 4 - Qualified 3; inverted and started 3, finished 2nd
Night 5 - Qualified Pole; inverted started 2, finished 14
after wrecking on green white checkered running 3rd.
Night 6 - Qualified 5; inverted and started 4, finished17th due to a mechanical failure
Night 7 - Qualified 7; started 7, finished 5
From his 7th starting spot, Garrett charged to 2nd in 11 laps. "I was running 2nd and got a flat with 6 to go. I had to pit but stayed on the lead lap as a caution came out caused by another car. I restarted 12 and worked my way back to 5th in 6 laps. We sure had a great car!" stated Garrett.
"I have to thank Jamie Skinner, Taco, Ben, Kenny, Raymond Green, Garrett Campbell, Jared Fryar, Marc Fryar, Mike Skinner, Roger Johnson, Kim Kurzejewski, Greg Marlowe, Performancenter Warehouse, and my Dad and Mom for all their hard work!" commented Garrett.
South Alabama Speedway, Opp, AL
March 15, 2014
Garrett Jones and his Electro Fuse, Pilot, Five Star Racecar Bodies #88 traveled to South Alabama this past weekend to compete in the 2014 Rattler 125 Pro Late Model Race. While this was Garrett's second appearance at the track, it was crew chief, Jamie Skinner's first trip to the 4/10th mile oval in which drivers such as Bobby, Davey and Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnet, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace and Red Farmer have competed. With a car that was fast from the time it was unloaded, Garrett and Jamie continued to leverage a chemistry that has proven to be an invaluable asset for the 2014 season, leading overall practice and capturing the pole for Saturday's 125 lap race. "To be able to work with such a young driver and have the success we have had already this season is refreshing. Garrett has worked with some of the best in the late model business prior to this season. The foundation he has gained is critical to the success we are having. Even with this foundation, Garrett is somewhat of a "clean slate". His willingness to listen and try what I suggest is directly related to our performance. Combine this with the level of feedback he provides and what you have is a race team that can be competitive at varying locations. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of things that he has yet to learn. Garrett has the want-to that inspires everybody on the team. Our potential is limitless!" comments, Jamie Skinner. After capturing the pole with a lap of 15.434 over two-time track champion Korey Ruble, the skies over South Alabama opened up making everyone wonder if the green flag would fly. After several hours of waiting on the rain to quit and the track to dry, race officials called the Pro Late Models to the starting grid. With a poor initial start, Garrett fell to 3rd place as the cars completed the first lap. Radioing to the crew, Garrett mentions that the car stumbled on the start at which point, his crew chief told him that he brought the field to the green too slow. Some quick discussions and suggestions to the young driver from the crew chief quickly improved the numerous restarts that were encountered over the next 14 laps. It seemed as though waiting for the rain to clear and the track to dry had caused the drivers to lose much of their patience. There was caution after caution. At one point during the event, race officials notified the teams that single file restarts would be implemented if the field kept wrecking. However, once the un-planned break to re-fuel the cars was over, the drivers settled down and began to put together a long run. Once again there was a threat of rain and many cars, including Garrett, decided to race hard. After falling back to 7th on a prior restart, Garrett quickly made his way back to 3rd, on the bumper of John Hunter Nemechek. Garrett showed Nemechek the nose a time or two over the next 10 laps but could not make the pass, eventually falling back to 6th while veteran Bubba Pollard made his way to 2nd. With a last lap charge, Pollard captured the trophy.After the race, Garrett commented, "I am disappointed. there's not any other way to describe it. My car tightened up on the long run and I faded. So, we will go back to the shop and get ready for the next one. Me and Jamie will talk and see what I can do better and what the car needed to do better. Overall, we had a great weekend. We got the pole and we are bringing the car home in one piece with a very strong top 10."Next up:Garrett will defend his 2013 Five Flags Speedway Championship in Pensacola on March 28th as that track kicks off its 2014 racing season with a 100 lap feature. The following night Mobile International Speedway will open its season as well with a 100 lap Pro Late Model Race. According to Garrett, he loves to race anywhere anytime, but Pensacola is one of his favorite tracks. He looks forward to seeing all of you there!
Photo courtesy of Speed51
Mobile International Speedway, Mobile, AL &
5 Flags Speedway, Pensacola, FL
March 29 & 30, 2014
Despite torrential rain Friday that postponed the event in pensacola until Sunday, Garrett Jones and his #88 Electro Fuse Pro Late Model had another strong showing this past weekend at Mobile International Speedway and Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola. Garrett qualified 5th in Mobile and 9th in Pensacola among 20 plus drivers that participated in the event. At Mobile the #88 had to hit pit road with about 30 laps to go with a right front tire going flat. He rallied to finish 6th. On Sunday, full of confidence from the test session earlier in the week, the team thought they may have shot to start on the front row. Garrett's qualifying position was disappointing and puzzled the entire crew. "The car was good and once I got heat in my tires, it would go anywhere I wanted it to go. The second lap was as good a line as I know how to run there. I don't know anything to do better. I got in deep and picked the throttle up way early. We discussed making adjustments prior to the race knowing that would send us to the tail of the field on the initial start. I told them I didn't know anything to adjust. The car was good." commented Garrett. After the drop of the flag the #88 seemed to be okay as Garrett fell into 8th place and logged laps. The team started to realize something was amiss on several restarts during the race. "The car didn't go like it usually does - it seemed like it was "stuck-in-the-mud. Once I got it rolling though I could run with the leaders and I was saving my car. I thought I had something for them at the end." he went on to say. On Lap 68, there was no doubting the problem as the engine expired going into turn 3. Garrett finished the day 15th completing 68 of 100 laps. "Initially, we had planned to test at Pensacola on Thursday and Mobile on Friday morning. Jamie and I learned a lot at Pensacola on Thursday, but it rained so hard all day Friday that we didn't even unload the car. Our Mobile run was good but we can do better with a little time on the track. Blowing the motor in Pensacola was completely unexpected. Up until it blew, it wasn't terrible, but now that I think back, it did seem sluggish at points. At other times in the 68 laps, it seemed normal. We will get some test time at Mobile once we get the motor back together and I want to work on our daytime setup for Pensacola. I won the championship at Five Flags last year and I intend to win it again. We aren't out of it by any means, but we can't have any more bad luck for the rest of the year there." commented Garrett.
Garrett's next race will be at Hickory Motor Speedway on April 12th in his NASCAR Late Model Stock.
One of my biggest fans at the fence taking a picture!
Hickory Speedway, Hickory, NC
April 12, 2014
Garrett raced the wheels off his number 88 tonight! He was up to 3rd around midway of the race and finished a strong P7 in the 100 lap event @Hickory Speedway. Awesome field of cars tonight!