Eric Jones fought a rear gear problem all afternoon and fought to an 18th-place finish in the Sears 200 at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Brendan Gaughan won the race, his fourth victory of the year.
"When we first pulled on to pit road after the race, I had absolutely no idea what caused this truck to be so bad," Jones said. "It was totally different than the truck we had yesterday. We didn't do anything to it this morning to change the characteristics of it, so we were seriously mystified."
The team picked up a clue to what caused the truck to change for the worse as it pushed the truck to the transporter after the conclusion of the race.
"The team was pushing it back to the trailer, and the left rear tire started jumping up and down on it. Then the rear end just locked up. We changed gears this morning. We borrowed it from another team. We never anticipated needing to go to that ratio, so I guess we learned a real lesson here.
"We are obviously disappointed, but that is the one silver lining to the cloud. It is one thing to leave the track when you run bad and not have any idea why. Well, we know why we were off today, and we learned a good lesson on how to make sure that doesn't happen again. So, even though it was a bad day, something good came out of it."
Jones and the EJP Racing Team will be busy next weekend while in Indianapolis for the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
"EJ Prescott has five locations in Indianapolis," Jones said. "Steve (Prescott) always has a big gathering at the Indianapolis location in conjunction with this race. There will be a lot of the Prescott family there, a lot of customers, and a lot of employees. IRP is going to be a big race for us, our first race together on a short track. It ought to be a lot of fun, and we should be a whole lot better there next week than we were here today."
The Power Stroke Diesel 200 is scheduled to begin at 9 P.M. Eastern next Friday night, and can be seen live on Speed Channel. It can also be heard on MRN Radio affiliates nationwide and on NASCAR Radio, Channel 144 on XM Satellite Radio.