The race must go on for P.J. Jones.
He will drive his Busch series car at New Hampshire International Speedway despite the death of crew chief Christain Lovendahl.
Lovendahl, also the nephew of Winston Cup star Mark Martin, was killed in an auto wreck last Friday near Mooresville, N.C. Jones did not make the field for the Hardee's 250 last Friday night in Richmond, Va., but Martin raced and finished fourth.
''We knew Mark had made the decision to get in his Busch car Friday night, and we all feel that was the example to follow,'' said David Ridling, owner of Jones' Emerald Performance Group team. ''After learning of Christain's death, I'm sure Mark would have much rather been with his family, but he also realized what he had to do.''
George Church, who worked in the Busch series for Boris Said and Jimmy Spencer, is the new crew chief. He will call the shots in Loudon, N.H., where the team hoped to race Saturday in the Busch 200.
Authorities in North Carolina believe alcohol and excessive speed contributed to the accident. Two crewmen, passengers in the truck driven by the 27-year-old Lovendahl, escaped the 80-mph rollover crash with minor injuries.
HOME AGAIN: For nearly 50 years, Fonda Speedway was driver Lou Lazzaro's home away from home. Now, the track in upstate New York is his final resting place.
Lazzaro, who had a stroke at the track after his last race April 29, died two days later at age 64. Last Saturday night, family members and friends spread his ashes around the half-mile oval where he won 113 features.
Lazzaro's longtime crew chief, Junior Bianco, accompanied by the late driver's dogs, Max and Pup, took a lap his old pickup truck with the maroon-and-white No. 4 race car in tow. ''We Are The Champions'' blared over the PA system and the fans cheered.
''That gave you chills,'' said driver Jim LaValla, a former Lazzaro crewman. ''It was like Louie really had won again, and that's what they all wanted to see one more time.''
HEAVEN AT INDY: Jimmy Kite doesn't figure to be among the favorites to win the Indianapolis 500. He doesn't mind -- just being in the race is enough.
''Sitting in the car, listening to 'Back Home Again in Indiana' and 'The Star Spangled Banner' with 100 million people watching on TV all over the world -- just like I did -- it is hard to control your emotions,'' said Kite, who will try this month to make the field for the third time. ''I get butterflies before every race I run, but at Indy there is a whole swarm in there.''
The race that began with Ray Harroun driving the Marmon Wasp to victory in 1911, will be run for the 84th time on May 28.
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