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Jones to Rejoin NHRA Pro Stock Ranks

RJones640Rickie Jones, backed by Mark Stockseth and in partnership with Elite Performance, has committed to a 10-race schedule for the upcoming NHRA Pro Stock season.

Jones will be utilizing Elite Performance’s equipment leasing program for the hauler and car, as well as taking advantage of Elite’s newly revamped engine program headed by Nick Ferri. As expected, Jones will be driving an RJ Race Cars 2013 Camaro.

Mark Stockseth, who also sponsors Matt Smith’s Pro Stock Bike, is the main backer. However, Jones’ relationship with Summit Racing Equipment will continue on in an associate role. Safety Kleen, RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max will also be on board with Jones for the 10-race deal.

Backed fully by Summit in 2012, Jones competed in Pro Nitrous with the American Drag Racing League. Here, Jones got his first taste of the winner’s circle and is now gunning more than ever for a Pro Stock Wally.

“I’m really excited about this deal,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to NHRA Pro Stock. I drove for Richard at a few races last year and it was great to see our fans again. Pro Stock is an exciting and tough class. It’s one of the most prestigious classes in all of drag racing, so to be able to compete there again is an honor.

“We should do well with the team we have,” Jones continued. “With the new RJ Camaro, Nick Ferri working his magic on the engines and Mark Stockseth supporting the team, we have all the facets needed to do well.

“After scoring my first win with the ADRL last year, I am really hoping for a Wally. Winning an NHRA Pro Stock event has always been a dream of mine. Many thanks to Mark Stockseth and the Elite Performance program for giving me a chance at that dream.”

Jones and team will start their season off Mar. 8-11, with the NHRA  Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

This story was originally published on January 2, 2013. Drag Illustrated

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