For the rest of this season race fans won't see the familiar blue no. 88 machine of Garrett Jones at any Super Late Model races. They'll still see Jones at the track, but instead he'll be behind the wheel of the yellow no. 1 owned Tracy Goodson. Jones said he couldn't pass on the opportunity to race Goodson's car with Mike Garvey full-time.
The partnership starts this weekend at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL) at the Southern Super Series Gulf Coast double-header.
"We're going to be testing Thursday night in Pensacola," Jones told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. "And that'll be my first time on the track in their Super so I'm really excited about it."
Jones raced with Garvey and Goodson at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL) in their Pro Late Model one month ago. The plan was only to race for them in those two races, but Jones said his relationship with Garvey quickly grew.
"We just felt like me and Mike work really well together and that it was the right thing to do so I can keep learning as much as I can," Jones told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. "There's hundreds of ways to get to the top and this just felt like the right move at the time. His cars have been real fast any time I've raced with them."
Kelly Bires had been working with Jones' family-run operation. The pair had seen some success this season in Southern Super Series competition. Jones has two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He currently sits fifth in the standings.
"Kelly taught us a lot and taught me a lot and we worked real well together but the time came and a new opportunity came up," said Jones. "It would have been real hard to turn down this opportunity with the 1 car. It felt like the right thing to do at this time."
So far Jones has been happy with his performance to date this season, but he said he thinks it can be even better with Garvey and Goodson, and he said he thinks he has a better chance now to pick up his first SSS win.
"We've been running pretty well in our own stuff," Jones said. "But I think Mike has a really fast car and knows these tracks so we can have a little bit more of an edge. Hopefully we can come out on top and get us a win soon. I'm really excited and pumped up about it."
Jones said although his racing operation has been shut down for the time-being, they're still working to build a new race car that they plan to race at the Snowball Derby in December.
"That's the plan as of now," Jones said. "It can always change, but that's the plan."
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor - Twitter: @RobBlount
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