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Teen Jones Wins Truck Race; Crafton Tightens Grip On Title

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 9 2013

Teen-ager Erik Jones won Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race in Phoenix. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

Erik Jones pulled away from Ross Chastain in the final 10 laps of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, becoming the youngest winner in series history.

The 17-year-old Jones took the lead on Lap 142 of 150, short-cutting to the inside of Chastain through the dogleg on the backstretch.

Jones eclipsed Chase Elliott, a winner earlier this year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, as the youngest winner in the truck series.

“Being able to be the youngest winner here and get this deal done in the Truck Series is amazing,” said Jones of his historic achievement. “Never would have ever thought I’d have the opportunity in the Truck Series this year before they lowered the age for these tracks. It’s just amazing to get a win here with these guys in our fifth start. It’s hard to put into words what this means for me. I’ve dreamed of it for a long time.”

Matt Crafton moved closer to the series championship by finishing fifth. He will be 46 points ahead of Ty Dillon, who finished fourth, when the series arrives at Homestead-Miami Speedway for next weekend’s season-ending race.

Crafton only to start Friday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to become 2013 champion.

James Buescher, who entered the race second in points, came home ninth and was eliminated from championship contention. Veteran Brendan Gaughan ran third behind Jones and Chastain.

Jones lost the lead to Chastain during pit stops under caution on Lap 89, the yellow flag necessitated by Ron Hornaday’s hard crash into the Turn 4 wall. After his release from the infield care center following the wreck that ended his race, Hornaday revealed that he had been released from his ride in the No. 9 NTS Motorsports truck and will drive for Turner Scott Motorsports in the season finale.

As soon as the green flag waved, however, Jones powered to the outside of Chastain after a restart on Lap 94 and cleared the No. 19 by the time the trucks exited Turn 2.

Jones opened a lead of 3.2 seconds before debris from Joey Coulter’s truck caused the fourth caution of the night on Lap 110. Chastain grabbed the lead from the inside lane after the Lap 120 restart moments before John Wes Townley’s spin into the outside wall caused the sixth caution.

Chastain retained the top spot until Lap 132, when Timothy Peters’ truck got loose beneath that of fellow Toyota driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and sent both trucks spinning.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Lucas Oil 150

Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Friday, November 08, 2013

1. (2) Erik Jones, Toyota, 150, $39110.

2. (1) Ross Chastain, Ford, 150, $34150.

3. (3) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 150, $18420.

4. (12) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 150, $14235.

5. (9) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 150, $14160.

6. (6) Cale Gale, Chevrolet, 150, $9310.

7. (26) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 150, $12510.

8. (7) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 150, $11460.

9. (4) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 150, $12410.

10. (16) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 150, $12610.

11. (24) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 150, $11160.

12. (11) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 150, $11035.

13. (14) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 150, $10985.

14. (23) Steve Wallace(i), Chevrolet, 150, $8660.

15. (5) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 150, $11935.

16. (18) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 150, $10785.

17. (8) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 150, $10735.

18. (22) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, 150, $10685.

19. (25) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 150, $10635.

20. (13) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 150, $11210.

21. (19) John H. Nemechek, Toyota, 149, $8235.

22. (27) Mason Mingus, Chevrolet, 149, $8185.

23. (28) David Starr, Toyota, 146, $9085.

24. (33) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 144, $8985.

25. (32) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 137, $8035.

26. (10) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 134, $7785.

27. (15) John Wes Townley, Toyota, Accident, 119, $7660.

28. (21) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 85, $7560.

29. (36) Chad Frewaldt, Chevrolet, Electrical, 66, $7460.

30. (35) Steve Smith, Chevrolet, Axle, 65, $7860.

31. (17) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, Accident, 34, $7310.

32. (30) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Brakes, 14, $7285.

33. (31) Bryan Silas, Ford, Engine, 10, $7260.

34. (34) Mike Harmon(i), Chevrolet, Oil Leak, 3, $7230.

35. (29) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 2, $7195.

36. (20) DJ Kennington, Chevrolet, Accident, 1, $7153.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 88.743 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 41 Mins, 25 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.616 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 42 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Chastain 1-37; B. Gaughan 38-40; E. Jones 41-89; R. Chastain 90-93; E. Jones 94-119; R. Chastain 120-141; E. Jones 142-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): E. Jones 3 times for 84 laps; R. Chastain 3 times for 63 laps; B. Gaughan 1 time for 3 laps.

Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton – 780; T. Dillon – 734; J. Buescher – 730; J. Sauter – 703; J. Burton # – 690; R. Blaney # – 682; B. Gaughan – 677; D. Wallace Jr. # – 675; M. Paludo – 664; T. Peters – 648.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 9 2013
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