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Will John Jackson Return Behind The Wheel In NASCAR?

John Jackson

John Jackson made 52 starts between the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series.

Majority of Jackson’s starts came behind the wheel of trucks or cars fielded by Mario Gosselin’s team, DGM Racing, and Carl Long’s team, MBM Motorsports. One notable thing about Jackson is his cars typically had James Carter Attorney on them as the sponsor.

Now, Jackson can be seen in the garage, running around and trying to get the next thing that MBM needs for its Xfinity cars.

Frontstretch‘s Jared Haas caught up with Jackson at Homestead-Miami Speedway. You can watch the interview on YouTube or read the transcript of the conversation below.

Jared Haas, Frontstretch: When did your interest in racing start out? Because you were on a completely different continent.

John Jackson: When I was born and raised in Scotland, I enjoyed racing, and I would go watch my dad, watch my friends race. It was kind of something that was in my blood and enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun.

[I] moved over to the U.S. [and] started a business and needed to make some money. Obviously, racing is expensive, so it took me a little while to get it figured out. When we did some pure stock racing at DeSoto Speedway, that was a lot of fun. I wanted to go faster, [so I] got us a late model, went faster and just kind of progressed from there to there.

Now, I got the bug, so it’s all good. I haven’t had a lot of fun. I don’t know that I’m going to be back in the seat behind the wheel. But it’s fun doing what I’m doing now, because I’m kind of a part of a bigger situation to where we could get some younger drivers and get some development stuff going.

Haas: When did you move to the United States?

Jackson: I have been here for 35 years. It was when I was a little whippersnapper.

Haas: One of your first starts in stock cars was in ARCA with Mario Gosselin. How did you get to know Mario Gosselin?

Jackson: Well, Mario [Gosselin] used to race late models, and he [used to race in] the Hooters Pro Cup [Series]. He was an hour from my house, so it was just another Florida racer.

We got friends, and he had a couple of kids, and my kids are about the same age. When it was my weekend to take care of the kids, we’d go over to the race shop, and the kids would play. They would ride around on go-karts and have fun with Mario’s kids, so they all grew up together.

And then Mario helped me out a little bit with the…

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