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Jones Records Solid Runner-up Finish in Hickory Motor Speedway’s ‘Bobby Isaac Memorial’

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — If the movie cameras had been rolling to catch the final lap this past Saturday night at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway for running of the 37th annual Bobby Isaac Memorial, many would’ve been reminded of the stock car racing classic movie “Days of Thunder.”

David Garbo Jr. of Stonington, Conn., captured the victory, but behind him a three-wide battle for position racing off the fourth turn to the checkered flag between Blake Jones, Jeremy Sorel and Brodie Kostecki produced hard-nosed rubbin’ and racin’ action with crumpled sheet-metal and sparks flying off the cars, along with some ill tempers following the race back in the pits. Jones secured the runner-up position by just inches over Sorel, who nosed out Kostecki for the fourth spot, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports chauffeur Josh Berry came home fifth.

“I know the fans had to love that, because it’s a fact they saw one wild finish,” said a grinning Jones on Monday evening from his family’s Teddy Jones Racing shop in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. “You know, I don’t particularly like to race that way – bumping and rubbing and beating and banging. But it’s just got to be expected on the final lap, especially racing off the fourth turn headed to the checkered flag.

“It’s Saturday night short-track racing. You’re racing for the win. On the last lap, it’s all taking and no giving. You’re driving the wheels off the car trying to bring home the best finish you can. On the final lap, some say it’s ‘wreckers or checkers’ because you’ll either come back to the pits on the hook, or you’re parked in victory lane. You’ve just got to give it your best effort, and that’s what I do every time I tighten the (seat) belts and strap my helmet on.”

Over the past couple of seasons Jones, from Sevierville, has raced primarily at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Kingsport Speedway, where he has earned pole awards and recorded several top-five finishes at “The Concrete Jungle.” But the 16-year-old Sevier County High School junior has yet to earn that ever-elusive first visit to victory lane in NASCAR sanctioned racing.

However, between Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va., and at Newport Motor Speedway, Jones has a combined 11 Late Model feature wins. As a rookie during the 2010 racing season, a then 13-year-old Jones impressively captured the LPR championship, becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Late Model track title at “The Pine.”

Jones teamed up for the first time with Jamie Yelton’s Fat Head Racing team last fall to run the season-ending United Auto Racing Association-Southern Touring Asphalt Racing Series Classic 3 Championship presented by the Richard Childress Racing Museum at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. Jones finished an impressive fourth at the legendary one-mile track, which for many years hosted the elite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series twice a year.

Jones made his second start for Fat Head Racing last November in the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, N.C., subbing for Garbo, who was bedridden with the flu. Jones had never laid eyes on the track until arriving in the Sand Hills of eastern North Carolina. With a total of 41 entries, Jones knew the caliber of competition was at an elite level. Nonetheless, Jones drove the FHR ride to a second-place finish after having to use a provisional starting berth due to engine issues and beginning the race from the last starting position.

Jones qualified fifth for the Bobby Isaac Memorial in a 32-car starting field, and served noticed from the waving of the green he would be a strong contender for the victory. With Jones running in second, the red flag waved on lap 53. When the field began to roll again Jones had head to pit road for the crew to change a flat left-front tire. Restarting at tail of the field, Jones began methodically picking off positions in steadily working his way back to the top-10.

At the lap 100 mark, Jones had advanced his way up through the field and was running in sixth. At lap 110, he had moved up one more position to fifth in the running order. On lap 125, Jones grabbed the fourth spot and just three circuits later, he moved into third. A late race caution in the 150 lap event set up a green-white-checkered shootout for the victory.

On the double-file restart, Jones lined up inside of row two in the third position – directly behind his Fat Head Racing teammate and race leader Garbo.

“We didn’t get the win, and as a racer when you arrive at the track you’re there for one thing and one thing only – you’re trying to bring home the victory,” said Jones. “You really don’t want to make excuses. But I truly believe if we didn’t have the flat tire while sitting on the track during the red flag, we were going to win the race. When the race was red flagged, I was just riding in second place, just biding my time and waiting to make the move to take the lead. I couldn’t believe our luck when the field started rolling again and found out the tire was flat.

“After having to restart at rear of the field and then having to drive the car so hard working our way back to the front, you just abuse the rubber too much and don’t have what (tire) you need at the finish. I can’t thank Jamie Yelton enough for the opportunity to drive his awesome race car and my crew chief Billy Smith, and also to Jay Hedgecock at Hedgecock Racing Enterprises for his support of Fat Head Racing. They all believe in me, and I know we’re going to get us a win.”

Up next for Jones and Fat Head Racing will be a return visit on Saturday, Sept. 7 to Hickory Motor Speedway to compete in twin 50-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series features, and then one week later on Saturday, Sept. 14, Jones and FHR will visit the Volunteer State to run the UARA-STARS event at Kingsport Speedway. Also, expect to see Jones and Fat Head Racing compete in other high-profile Late Model Stock events around the Southeast this fall.

To learn more about Blake Jones, visit his website atwww.BlakeJonesRacing.com … or contact Teddy Jones Racing at (865) 388-2795. You can follow Blake Jones on social media via Twitter at twitter.com/#!/80BlakeJones and on Facebook at Blake Jones Racing.

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Walden Motorsports Communications
Johnson City, TN

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July 18, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Jones Impressive in Capturing First Win of 2013 at Newport Speedway

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Blake Jones started from the pole position this past Saturday night at Newport Speedway en route to capturing his first Late Model win of the season in impressive fashion.

The 2013 racing season for Jones began with the 16-year-old eyeing a run for the Kingsport Speedway NASCAR Late Model Stock title, and ultimately capturing the Tennessee State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship. But after five races driving for another team, the decision was made to step away from the partnership and go back to driving family-owned Teddy Jones Racing equipment.

“We had high hopes the racing plans we had in place for 2013 would carry us to a Tennessee State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship,” said Jones yesterday from the family’s Blake Jones Racing Center Indoor Go-Karts location in Pigeon Forge. “Sometimes what might appear to be the best-laid path to success, that’s just not how things work out. And ultimately that’s how the situation played out for us and the decision was made to get back racing our own stuff.”

After having a quick car during practice Saturday at Newport Speedway, Jones backed his speed up during qualifying to earn the pole position for the feature. Even though the Sevier County High School student was showing the way out front over the 12-car field, just one slight mistake behind the wheel and the lead would be lost.

Jones had a rearview mirror full of challengers riding in his tire-tracks, looking for an opportunity to overtake him for the lead. Fortunately for Jones he was all alone out front, because back in the pack action was getting out of control which produced several caution periods.

But Jones, driving the Airport Auto Auction in Alcoa/W.C. Mills Logging/Blake Jones Racing Center Indoor Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge/Baker’s Wrecker Service/Fast Cash Pawn/NAPA Auto Parts of Sevierville/WD Performance/Leavitt Race Cars/No. 80 Ford Mustang, executed perfect restarts following each caution to stay out front and go the distance in capturing the victory over Brian Blevins, Wayne Webb, Taylor Coffman and Randy Ollis.

“With how our season has gone, not just myself but for our race team – we really needed this win tonight to boost our confidence,” said Jones. “We’ve got a fast car, but we’ve just not had luck on our side. We sat on the pole at the last race here, but a couple of flat tires cost us a shot at winning. They say winning helps you get past all of the tough times you’ve battled through, and I sure hope that’s true.

“I really appreciate everybody who has stuck with me and truly believes in me and what I can do driving a race car. Hopefully now that we’ve shaken this monkey off our back, we’re going to have good luck and win us several more races. I want to thank my crew chief Wade Day for all his hard work in preparing and giving me a good race car to drive. He and I are a good combination together.”

To learn more about Blake Jones, visit his website at www.BlakeJonesRacing.com … or contact Teddy Jones at (865) 388-2795 for possible sponsor and marketing partnerships with the race team. You can follow Blake Jones on social media via Twitter @80BlakeJones and on Facebook at Blake Jones Racing.

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April 17, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Jones Brings Home Third Place at PASS Race at Southern National

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn – Southern National Motorsports Park has been a special place for Blake Jones and the Teddy Jones Racing team.  Last November, Jones brought home a second place finish in the 200 lap Thanksgiving Classic for the Late Model Stock Cars.  After a 35th start position, Jones drove his way to the front and was in contention for a win.

Fast forward to this past weekend and the PASS South Super Late Model Series made it’s return to the high banked race track in Kenly, North Carolina.  Jones and crew would unload his Super Late Model for the first time since 2011.

“We’ve had the straight rail sitting in the shop the past few years.  It’s a really good piece, we led over 100 laps the last time it was run at Newport a few years ago.”  Said Jones.

Blake would unload the car on Saturday morning.  Right off the truck, the car was in the ballpark and the team knew they would have something to compete with come race time.  The qualifying effort wasn’t what was hoped for, but being locked into the top twenty was a big deal as the team wouldn’t have to run the Last Chance Qualifying race.

Race time rolled around and Jones would slowly work his way to the front.  By lap 75, Jones was knocking on the door of the top five after starting 18th.  With the help of a few lucky breaks, Jones would break into the top five and give race leaders, Kyle Grissom , Preston Peltier and Jay Fogleman a run for their money.  Blake would get around Grissom with less than 15 laps to go for third.

Blake would bring home a solid third place finish in his first Super Late Model start of the season.

“I’m excited, to come home with a third place finish with a crate motor says a lot about how the car handled in the corners.” Said Jones after the race.

“We’ll be back this season to compete with these guys and hopefully get us a win in the straight rail car.”

Blake returns to the track this Friday night at the Kingsport Speedway for a 60 lap Late Model Stock race.

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March 15, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Blake Jones Will Start 27th in Saturday's 'DRIVE4COPD 125' at Bristol

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Two times a year NASCAR racing comes to Bristol Motor Speedway which means one thing, excitement on the legendary .533-mile high-banked concrete oval in Northeast Tennessee.

Not only will the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series be in action at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” this weekend, for the second straight year the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will begin its season with a visit to BMS on Saturday, March 16. With 45 cars present for K&N Pro Series East qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 125 on Thursday, that meant nine competitors would not make the 36-car starting lineup.

Blake Jones of Sevierville, driving the Airport Auto Auction of Alcoa/W.C. Mills Logging/Blake Jones Racing Center Indoor Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge/Baker’s Wrecker Service/Fast Cash Pawn/NAPA Auto Parts of Sevierville/Teddy Jones Racing/No. 80 Chevrolet Impala SS, toured the high banks at 16.325 seconds (117.538 mph) to secure the 27th starting position.

“We didn’t really qualify all that well, but we’ll have a good car Saturday in the race,” said the 16-year-old Jones back in the pits following qualifying after a debriefing session with his crew. “There’s a really strong field of cars assembled for this season-opening K&N Pro Series East event, with several cars being sent back home after not making the starting field during time trials. During the day in practice for us, basically we placed more emphasis working on race runs instead of just focusing on putting a setup under the car just for qualifying. I really believe that will benefit us on Saturday.

“I know we’ve got our car to where it’s driving pretty good. But starting back in the field in 27th, I’ll have to use my head and drive smart because with the race being 125 laps in length, that will be plenty of distance to work our way forward. I’d also say there will be several cautions and fast as this place is, it’s so easy to get caught up in deals not of your own making. Just to have the opportunity to be able race here at Bristol Motor Speedway where all the true legends in the sport have competed since back when the track opened in 1961, it’s just an awesome experience. It’s just a short drive up the interstate from my home in Sevierville, and it’s great that family and friends will be able to come see me race on Saturday.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East DRIVE4COPD 125 is slated to take the green flag on Saturday, March 16 at 4:45 p.m., which should be around 30 minutes following conclusion of the Nationwide Series event. The DRIVE4COPD 125 will be taped for showing at a later date on SPEED Channel.

Jones will also be racing Friday, March 15 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Kingsport Speedway, where he finished third in last weekend’s 2013 season-opener.

To learn more about Blake Jones, visit his website at www.BlakeJonesRacing.com … or contact Teddy Jones at (865) 388-2795 for possible sponsor and marketing partnerships with the race team. You can follow Jones on social media via Twitter @80BlakeJones and on Facebook at Blake Jones Racing.

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Walden Motorsports Communications
Johnson City, TN

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March 5, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Jones Welcomes New Primary Sponsor Airport Auto Auction Onboard for 2013

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The start to the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing season at Kingsport Speedway is on Saturday, March 9, and Blake Jones of Sevierville can’t wait for the green flag to wave. After all, Jones will be chauffeuring the car that Nate Monteith has wheeled to the past two track and also state NASCAR titles.

Blake Jones Racing is excited to welcome onboard as primary sponsor for the season Airport Auto Auction in Alcoa, one of the top auto auctions in the state of Tennessee. The Airport Auto Auction logo will appear on the hood of the No. 80 Chevrolet Camaro throughout the season, while the “Premier Dealer of the Month” program will see a different auto dealer’s identity placed on the quarter panels of the race car each month.

“We want to welcome the good folks at Airport Auto Auction in Alcoa onboard our race car as primary sponsor this season,” said 16-year-old Jones, a Sevier County High School student. “They’re excited to be a part of our racing efforts in 2013 as we’ll be competing to win races and ultimately capture both the Kingsport Speedway and Tennessee State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships. They’ve got a really cool deal put together where they’ll have their logo across the hood of the race car, and then they’re going to feature the ‘Premier Dealer of the Month’ and have a different auto dealer’s business along the quarter panels for a month at a time.

“I’m really thankful to have them backing me, and I just hope for great success so we can make it a win-win deal for all parties involved. As a racer you want to race, and it’s been a long time since the end of last racing season. It’s now time to get down to business. It all begins this Saturday, and I’m ready to strap-in and put the helmet on and go racing.”

The decision to put Jones into a proven championship-winning ride began with Monteith serving as racing mentor to the teenager over the past couple of seasons. Monteith has 67 career Late Model feature wins, plus four track championships to his credit, two each at Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway.

You’ve also got a very highly respected individual in the motorsports world in Wade Day, who will be calling the shots as crew chief for Jones. Day is who first guided a then 13-year-old Jones when he stepped up from racing INEX-sanctioned Legend cars to driving a full-bodied stock car. Jones captured the 2010 Lonesome Pine (Coeburn, Va.) Raceway championship, thus becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Late Model track title at LPR.

“I guess it goes without saying, I’m going to be driving a car that’s definitely a proven race- and also championship-winning ride,” said Jones while thinking about the caliber of equipment he will be driving in 2013. “Over the last couple of seasons I’ve learned a lot about racing from watching Nate (Monteith) and how he gets around Kingsport Speedway. Not just Nate, but also my crew chief Wade Day, he’s won a lot of races in the past at Kingsport and also has a track championship to his credit. So having both of them in my corner with all of their experience in both driving and working on race cars, I really feel this is going to be the best season to date in my racing career. Besides Nate and Wade heading up the operation, we’ve just got an overall great group of people who will be working on the car – both at the shop during the week and on race night.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be with such a great racing team. Because I know when we arrive at the track I’m going to have a great car to race that night, and the rest is just up to me. I’ve got to get up on the wheel and drive the car the way I know I’m capable, and by doing that we’ll be in contention to accomplish our goals of winning races and also contending for the track championship.”

Besides the season-opener at Kingsport Speedway on Saturday, March 9, Jones is also looking forward to racing at Bristol Motor Speedway as part of the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series weekend. It will be a doubleheader racing weekend for Jones as he will race at Kingsport on Friday, March 15 and then will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 125-lap event on Saturday, March 16 at BMS, which will follow running of the Nationwide Series race at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

The No. 80 Chevrolet Camaro Jones will drive at Kingsport Speedway in 2013 will carry sponsorship from Airport Auto Auction in Alcoa, W.C. Mills Logging, Blake Jones Racing Center Indoor Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge, Baker’s Wrecker Service, Fast Cash Pawn, NAPA Auto Parts of Sevierville, Performancenter Racing Warehouse, Upchurch Racing Engines, Griffin Radiators, Circle Racing Wheels, Pro Fabrication Racing Exhaust Systems, Hayworth Racing Brakes, Amsoil, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, AR Bodies Aluminum Racing Products, ProParts Engineering Performance, The Joie of Seating, Primetime Designs Race Decals, and WD Performance.

To learn more about Blake Jones, visit his website at www.BlakeJonesRacing.com … or contact Teddy Jones at (865) 388-2795 for possible sponsor and marketing partnerships with the race team. You can follow Blake Jones on social media via Twitter @80BlakeJones and on Facebook at Blake Jones Racing.

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Press Release Prepared By:

Walden Motorsports Communications
Johnson City, TN