FLETCHER, N.C. — To say that Justin Fontaine is excited about making his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing debut this weekend at Kingsport Speedway would be an understatement.
"The Concrete Jungle" will roar to life with the 2014 season opener on Saturday, March 29. The seven division racing program in the Model City will be headlined by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stocks, along with the Street Stock, Mod 4, Pure 4, Rookie Pure 4, Iron Warrior and Legend divisions in action at the .375-mile banked concrete oval.
The first racing experience for Fontaine was in 2008 when he tightened the belts to race a quarter midget in Salisbury, N.C., competing with the North Carolina Quarter Midget Association. Next up for Fontaine was a move to the Volunteer State to race at Newport Speedway, where he competed for a couple of years and visited victory lane several times in the Mini Cup division, and later chauffeured a Mini Stock.
JPF Motorsports purchased a Late Model Stock in mid-2013 that had been raced by former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. For Fontaine, from mid-summer on last year was spent practicing, just getting a feel for driving a full-bodied stock car. Fontaine was under the guidance of noted motorsports figure Wade Day, who has worked with several teenage racers over the years.
Justin's cousin, 32-year-old Chris Fontaine from Lakeland, Fla., has raced late models at various tracks around the Sunshine State and also is a veteran competitor with 49 starts to his credit in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Plans for Fontaine and JPF Motorsports in 2014 will find the 16-year-old high school sophomore racing weekly on Friday nights at Kingsport Speedway. The team tentatively is looking at competing on Saturdays in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va., with the first race scheduled at LPR on April 12.
"Oh yeah, I can't wait until the first race at Kingsport Speedway," said an excited Fontaine from the JPF Motorsports shop. "I realize making my first-ever NASCAR Whelen All-American Series start in our Late Model Stock will be a big deal, and I'll probably be a little nervous. We've practiced a lot, all last summer and throughout the fall and this year during the preseason. But I know that practicing and being the only car on the track will be much different than being out there with a full field of competitors."
Fontaine will drive the Discount Auto Parts/Shell Media Graphics & Wraps/RW Race Engines/Hess Race Cars/WD Performance/JPF Motorsports/No. 60 Ford Fusion in 2014 at Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway.comments powered by Disqus