Justin Jennings finishes 18th in intermediate track debut
The SFP 250 race weekend proved eventful for 20 year old La Grange, MO native Justin Jennings, as he made his debut on NASCAR's mile and a half tracks in the LG Seeds / Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool Chevy Silverado.
"We made a ton of changes to the LG SEEDS Chevy in practice and we got a lot quicker," said Jennings, who saw his speeds rise from 158 MPH to just over 172 MPH by the time practice was over.
After being featured during SPEED Channel's coverage of qualifying, Jennings was strapped into the truck and set to make his attempt when another truck blew an engine, spreading oil on the track. Not only would Jennings have to wait out the delay and re-focus his attention to his run, but the track was now covered in the residue of the oil dry from the clean up crew.
"Somebody told me that one of the announcers, I think it was Michael Waltrip, said that he wouldn't want to be me since I was the first one out to qualify after the 21's engine let go," grinned Jennings. He went on to start the SFP 250 in 27th position.
It didn't take long for the action on the track to get out of control. The race saw a total of 11 cautions, including three caused by wrecks that occurred right in Jennings' path. Noted team owner Mike Mittler, "There were a few of those cautions that could have very easily taken Justin and the LG SEEDS Chevy out. Fortunately, this kid has great instincts and made it through just fine. Even when the truck got loose and spun, Justin kept it under control and we were able to get back out on the track and come home in 18th. I can't say enough about what a great job Justin did in his first start on a mile and a half track."
By races' end, Jennings had moved the LG SEEDS Chevy into 18th, the best finish of his three NCWTS starts. "This was a great day," said Jennings. "All of our goals for the weekend were achieved and we were able to get some exposure for LG SEEDS and raise awareness for Eagle Rock Camp. You can't ask for more than that."
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