By MANDEE PAUCH
In less than a week, Jimmy Phelps and the No.98h team will be competing in their first race of the 2019 season. Phelps is extremely eager to get the season underway in New York, however, Phelps is even more excited to recognize his longtime partnership with Bob Parker and J&B Installations.
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“This year will mark our 20thyear with J&B Installations,” Phelps said. “I am very proud of that, and most importantly grateful. We partnered with Bob at a time when we really needed that financial boost that it takes to run with the best, but also a partner with patience and the understanding that this is not going to happen overnight. ”
It was 20 years ago when Phelps and Parker met. Phelps was just getting started in his Big Block Modified career while Parker was enjoying success with his growing business. Parker found a love for the sport and wanted to get involved.
“We started out small and grew together,” Phelps said. “As we progressed, he progressed with us. It’s been such a great partnership, and to have the J&B Installations brand on our quarter panels for this many years is really special. We’re proud we’ve been able to do a good job for Bob and to have his faith in us for this long. ”
Phelps and the No.98h team take pride in their success and always make sure to include their partners as a strong attribute.
“We always have to keep doing what we feel is best for everyone involved,” noted Phelps. “That way everyone should get what they deserve out of it. Our goal going into every year is to race to win and to win championships for our team and our sponsors. We’re coming off a season where we built a lot of momentum. Our stuff is really strong right now.”
Phelps hasn’t been this eager to get the season started in a long time. He has his sights set on picking up another championship this season.
“Right now, we’re planning on running weekly at Brewerton on Friday nights as well as following the Super DIRTcar Series fulltime,” he added. “Saturdays we’re going to leave open. We plan to hit some shows we wouldn’t ordinarily hit that could help us prepare for series shows, and plan to be at Land of Legends Raceway a handful of times .”
The No.98h Heinke-Baldwin race team will be starting the year off with two Super DIRTcar Series races this month. The series will kick off at Can-Am Speedway with the return of the Big Block Modifieds on April 13th and then Fulton Speedway for the High Bank Holdup 100 on April 27th.
For more information on J&B Installations, visit them at jbinstallations.com. Follow along with Phelps and the HBR team this season on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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