NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie J.R. Patton will face one of the most legendary tracks on the NASCAR circuit Friday night when he and the #67 Fiddle Back Racing team tackle Darlington Raceway. Patton said he is looking forward to racing this historic speedway.
“What can you say? It’s the track too tough to tame,” he said. “Some of the greatest moments in NASCAR history have taken place there and to be able to race there is a huge deal for me.”
The Darlington 200 takes place one week after a disappointing 25th-place finish in Phoenix, a track Patton has experience racing in NASCAR’s Southwest Elite division.
“We can’t really worry about last week,” Patton said. “It happened, it’s done. Right now, we’re focused on racing a track that has made boys out of a lot of men. Darlington’s a tough track, but with the crew I’ve got and the support I have…we’re going to do it right Friday night.”
"Phoenix was a tough track for JR. It’s a hard track for a rookie to race and be competitive,” said Fiddle Back Crew Chief, Gary Showalter. “Darlington is another tough track, but JR will take the challenge head on and our team will be just fine"
The Darlington 200 will be carried live Friday night on SPEED Channel at 8 p.m. EST and on MRN Radio at 7:30 p.m. EST.