(Fairfield, Calif.) – Jim Inglebright is about to reach another crossroad in his racing career this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Fairfield, Calif.-native has taken the green flag in seven NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events, the maximum a driver may start without foregoing their rookie status for the following year. Inglebright must now make the ultimate choice, “Do I race?” or “Do I sit this one out?”
“I have thought about keeping myself eligible for rookie of the year,” said Inglebright, driver of the No. 02 Jelly Belly Chevrolet Silverado. “When we talked with Jelly Belly last year, they would only commit to 10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. I knew going into the season I would be giving up any chances in the future to run for the rookie points so yes, I will start in the Orleans 350 this weekend.”
Inglebright and the Roadrunner Motorsports crew have seen success this year, posting three top-15 finishes and a seventh place start at the Indianapolis Raceway Park. Inglebright also won the Snap-on Tools 200 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series event at the Sears Point Raceway, defending his title from a year ago.
The “Jelly Belly Man,” as many race fans call him today, is no stranger to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, having run three times at the facility; twice on the oval and once on the 2.1-mile road course in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series.
“The biggest advantage in starting my eighth race this season is the seat time in the race truck,” said Inglebright. “The more laps I run, the better I will perform on the racetrack. I want to get the most seat time I can and running the race at Las Vegas this weekend will do just that.”