Only a short month ago, J.R. Patton was a young man with a dream: To drive in one of NASCAR’s top series full time. After a 15th-place finish in his debut in Vegas and an impressive run at California, the dream is a reality for the New Mexico native. Patton will finish out the year in the #67 Fiddle Back Ford with his next race being the Silverado 350 at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday.
“This doesn’t seem real,” said Patton. “I had hoped I would be driving full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series but never once did I think it would happen this fast. I have to thank the guys at Diamond III (www.diamond3.net) for helping me and (Fiddle Back Racing owner) Tom Elderidge for believing in me enough to give me a full-time ride. I plan on showing him he isn’t making a mistake.”
Patton, a registered Cherokee Indian, will be racing in front of many of his family members this weekend in Texas. “Texas is probably the closest track to a lot of my family members and they are coming out to see me,” he said. “I hope I don’t disappoint them.”
Patton and his team were further encouraged by their Ford Racing test session at Atlanta this week. “We ran some really consistent times at Atlanta,” he said. “We were pretty fast, but the consistency is what’s important. I have an awesome crew who are hardcore and ready to prove we can contend with the big boys. I’m just the lucky driver who will benefit from having the support of this amazing team.”
“After a great test session in Atlanta, Fiddle Back Racing is excited to have JR in the #67 at Texas this weekend. We look for JR to have a break out run and continue his and the teams growth for the 2005 season,” stated Brian Jones, Marketing/PR Manager of Fiddle Back Racing.
The Silverado 350 will be broadcast live on October 16th from the Texas Motor Speedway by SPEED Channel Saturday at 2 p.m. EST and on MRN Radio at 1:30 p.m.