May 2, 2014 — official release — ARCA photo — TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talk about living life in the fast-lane.
Talk to Amherstburg, Ontario’s Terry Jones who’s the Best Man in a wedding tomorrow afternoon in Windsor, Ontario. That’s all well and good, but Jones is also scheduled to race the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing Toyota in the Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, also tomorrow.
Here’s how the logistics will work. The ARCA race at Talladega is scheduled to go green just after 11:00 a.m. Eastern. If everything goes well, the race could be over in an hour-and-a-half.
Once the checkered flag falls, Jones will hop in a private jet off the new ‘Alabama Gang Superstretch’, and jet off for Canada.
Jones finished fifth at Talladega last year, and most recently, eighth in the season-opener at Daytona. So what happens if he wins the race?
“I haven’t got that far yet,” Jones said. “I’m going to be late for a wedding I guess.”
Jones will be a teammate to 10-time series champ Frank Kimmel in Saturday’s race, who also drives for Win-Tron Racing.
“I had a blast at Daytona. Our test a few weeks ago at Talladega went well, so I’m anxious to get behind the wheel.”
Saturday’s race, a 200-miler, will be 50 miles shorter than last years.
“With the race shortened compared to last year, you have to get up on the wheel and find a good drafting partner. Ideally, I would like to connect with my teammate Frank (Kimmel) and try to hug that bottom line and be in the hunt when it matters. You have to avoid the dreaded “big one” too, so there are a lot of variables to deal with, but if we can duplicate or better our Daytona performance on Saturday, I’ll consider the day a success.”
ARCA champion crew chief Mark Rette (with Justin Lofton in 2009) will serve as Jones’ crew chief here at Talladega.
“We had a strong run at Daytona and Terry did a magnificent job,” Rette said. “He went to the grass to avoid the wreck and we had to play catch-up from there. The car is all ready to go and we have the confidence that Terry can go out there on Saturday and contend for the win. I can tell you this much, if we put this No. 32 Jones Group International / JMC Steel Group Toyota in victory lane, you will see one hell of a party.”