Buckshot Jones

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Buckshot Jones
Born (1970-07-23) July 23, 1970 (age 43)
Monticello, Georgia, United States
Awards 1998 Busch Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
56 race(s) run over 7 year(s)
Best finish 41st (2001)
First race 1997 NAPA 500 (Atlanta)
Last race 2003 EA Sports 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
147 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best finish 7th (1997)
First race 1995 Sears Auto Center 250 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2004 Meijer 300 (Kentucky)
First win 1996 Sears Auto Center 250 (Milwaukee)
Last win 1998 Gumout Long Life Formula 200 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 33 3
Statistics current as of November 24, 2012.

Roy "Buckshot" Jones (born July 23, 1970 in Monticello, Georgia), is an auto racing driver who has competed in NASCAR and sprint cars. He most recently ran in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series.

Life and career[edit]

Jones' 1998 Winston Cup car

Jones earned the nickname "Buckshot" from his grandfather after he ran into a table and showed no signs of pain or agony. His racing career began as a hobby during his studies at the University of Georgia, where he earned a business degree. Jones originally wanted to race motocross, but his dad suggested stock cars since they were safer.

After his sixth race Jones went out to dinner with his father, where he told him that he wanted to be a NASCAR champion. He and his father then developed a six-year plan that would allow Jones to move up the ladder and begin to fulfill his dream.

In 1995, Jones moved to the NASCAR Busch Series with his own team called Buckshot Racing. After a disappointing rookie campaign where his best finish was a ninth at South Boston Speedway, Jones hired Ricky Pearson, son of the legendary David Pearson, as his crew chief. Jones won two races over the next three years, winning the Most Popular Driver award in 1998. In 1999, after marrying his longtime girlfriend Jina, he made the jump to Winston Cup driving the #00 Pontiac, with Ricky's brother Larry Pearson taking over his Busch ride. Crown Fiber Communications was the major sponsor of the car. Jones failed to qualify several times in his rookie year, including the first two races of the season. On the occasions in which he did make the field, a DNF was the typical result. After nine starts, he decided to end his bid for Rookie of the Year and returned to the Busch Series. During his Busch campaign of 2000, he had one pole, three top-tens, and finished 21st in points.

In 2001 he returned to the Cup Series, driving the #44 Georgia-Pacific Dodge Intrepid for Petty Enterprises. Unfortunately, the results were only slightly better than his previous races and he was released midway through the 2002 season.

Buckshot has since sold his team and temporarily retired from racing. He last appeared in a NASCAR sanctioned race in 2004, when he ran two Busch Series events. He currently works in land development and real estate in Gwinnett County, GA. He returned to auto racing in the Snowball Derby in December 2006 but finished last after being caught in an early accident. In 2007, he returned to racing to drive the #00 Chevrolet for DMT Motorsports in the Southern Division of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, but re-retired at the end of the season.

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1997 1 0 0 0 0 32.0 43.0 $20,875 70th #00 Buckshot Racing
1998 5 0 0 1 0 18.6 24.0 $162,435 52nd #8/#00 Stavola Brothers Racing
1999 10 0 0 0 0 26.1 31.8 $345,128 45th #00 Buckshot Racing
#30 Bahari-Eel River Racing
2000 1 0 0 0 0 29.0 37.0 $35,275 67th #00 Buckshot Racing
2001 30 0 0 0 0 31.6 32.9 $1,631,488 41st #44 Petty Enterprises
2002 7 0 0 0 0 27.1 27.7 $394,223 49th #44 Petty Enterprises
2003 2 0 0 0 0 17.5 28.5 $119,730 57th #09 Phoenix Racing
#00 Michael Waltrip Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1995 9 0 0 1 0 20.7 23.6 $35,445 41st #00 Buckshot Racing
1996 18 1 1 2 1 20.2 23.1 $105,390 25th #00 Buckshot Racing
1997 30 0 5 14 0 15.1 16.3 $446,637 7th #00 Buckshot Racing
1998 31 1 6 9 1 16.8 18.4 $484,932 9th #00 Buckshot Racing
1999 19 0 0 2 0 22.2 21.3 $358,659 28th #00 Buckshot Racing
2000 32 0 1 3 1 27.7 24.1 $478,420 21st #00 Buckshot Racing
2001 6 0 0 2 0 23.8 13.8 $113,550 48th #00 Buckshot Racing
2004 2 0 0 0 0 22.0 33.5 $37,498 107th #1 Phoenix Racing

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