Fullerton, California (August 30, 2001) – Eric Norris is ready to climb the NASCAR Winston West standings by conquering the field in the Bank One 250 at Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake City, UT this Saturday night. With only three Winston West races remaining in the 2001 season, Norris knows a good finish in Salt Lake City is essential to his goal of finishing at least third in the final Championship standings.
“We’ve had a lot of time off since our last race so we are more than ready to get back to racing,” said Norris of the Series’ six-week hiatus. “I told the Jani-King team we need to win at least one of our remaining races and top-5 all of them. If we do that we could finish the year third overall. It’s a realistic goal because we know we’re capable of winning every time we unload (the transporter).”
While Norris currently sits sixth in the Winston West championship standings, he is a mere five points out of fifth and only fifty-one out of third. Through eleven races, Norris has posted a career-best six top-10 and three top-3 finishes. Nonetheless, the veteran driver is anxious to visit Victory Circle before season’s end and believes Rocky Mountain Raceway owes him one.
“Two years ago we were dominant here (Rocky Mountain). We had over a half-lap lead late in the race when our motor blew and ended our night,” remarks Norris. “Last year we had a great car but a spark-plug problem in qualifying killed us and we ended up starting in the back and getting caught up in wrecks. We just need to keep everything together this year and we’ll be fine. I like this track a lot and know we can win here.”
After Salt Lake, Norris and his Jani-King team set their sights on Texas for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. This will mark the second of three NSCAR Truck races Norris will compete in 2001, with the final race at California Speedway on November 3. Both races will be televised live on ESPN.
The Bank one 250 will be televised by the Fox Sports Network on a tape-delay basis.
For more information on Eric Norris and Norris Racing, visit www.NorrisRacing.com.