Rette knows it’s important for his team to shake-off their Memphis performance and regroup with a positive outlook for New Jersey and the remainder of the season.
“We had some speed at Memphis, just couldn’t put it all together for the finish,” admitted Rette. “I’m proud of my guys for their relentless attitude, but we know that we need to start racking up some good finishes – because it’s only going to give us the momentum we need for the summer and fall stretch.
“New Jersey is a neat road course with some unique elevation and a long frontstretch. You need to have finesse and speed. You must be able to get the car to rotate through the corners but carry the speed off the last corner down the straightaway and into Turn 1.
“I know where we need to be and we’re going back to our setup from 2016 and I think that will give us a winning combination for Saturday’s race.”
When it comes to Quinlan at the 14-turn road course, the confidence in him is at an all-time high.
“Grant continues to showcase his ability every time he gets behind the wheel of a race car,” Rette explained. “Even though we don’t always get the finishes we’re capable of or deserve, he’s maturing into a smart and competitive race car driver.
“That maturity paid off last year at New Jersey and should pay off again this weekend. The guys have busted their tails on this race car and I’m pretty stoked about our chances actually.”
Rette Jones Racing announced last week their alliance with Danny Watts Racing. While the part-time team isn’t competing at New Jersey this weekend, Rette knows the collaboration with the team and phenom driver Spencer Davis will pay dividends when they return.
The two parties agreed to a technical and setup partnership that has enhanced the performance of the No. 82 Chevrolet in K&N East competition this season.
Rette expects that relationship only to continue to strengthen as the season marches on.
“We’re proud of our new relationship with Danny Watts Racing,” added Rette. “Spencer, Danny and the entire team are gifted people who have a heart and passion for racing and most of all they want to succeed.
“We worked with each other for a couple of races and the results were immediate. I’m glad we’re expanding our portfolio to outside our company as it shows our commitment to putting working race cars on the track.”
In addition to Superior Tool & Mold, JRI Shocks, Quinlan Excavating and Contracting, Huntilar Corp., Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Ford Performance and Jones Group International will serve as associate marketing partners for Saturday evening’s 55-lap showdown.
Quinlan, 19, has 11 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts to his credit with a career-best second place finish at Columbus Motor Speedway in his series debut in 2015. Overall, he has tallied one pole, two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
The JustDrive.com 125 (55 laps | 126.5 miles) is the seventh of 14 races on the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Sat., June 16 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m. The race will take the green flag just after 6:00 p.m. that afternoon. The event will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network with an air date on Mon., June 18 a soon-to-be-announced time.