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Jones Kicks Off Texas Weekend With Truck Series Victory

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 7 2015
Erik Jones kicked off his three-race Texas trip with a victory on Friday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Erik Jones kicked off his three-race Texas trip with a victory on Friday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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Erik Jones put himself in position to record a three-event sweep at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night when he won the Camping World Truck Series race.

Jones, who will also drive in Saturday’s XFINITY Series event and Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race, led 117 of 147 laps en route to victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350.

Friday’s was his first win at the venue, his third of the season and the seventh of his career.

Perhap best of all, the victory allowed Jones to stretch his series point lead over Matt Crafton to 17 points.

Crafton finished fourth.

“We were a little too free on the first few runs and just over adjusted on the last one and got pretty tight at the end,” Crafton, looking for a third series championship, said. “All in all, not a bad day for our Menards Toyota Tundra. It was decent, but not quite as good as we needed to be. We’ll go on to Phoenix and go from there.”

Jones finished 2.855 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Daniel Suarez, who matched his career-best finish.

“Getting the win here, that’s a nice boost for everybody, not just myself but everybody at KBM,” Jones said. “We needed this to get back on track. We’ve struggled a little bit the last month, month and a half and worked hard to get back to this point.

“And now, to go out there and win one the way we did, and lead as many laps as we did, that’s a really nice statement for us. Hopefully, we can go to Phoenix and do the same kind of thing we’ve done the last two years. It’s nice to have that points lead back up closer to the 20 range than the 10 range, but we still have two more weeks, and we have to hold onto it, be strong and close this deal out.”

Jones’ team owner, Kyle Busch, was on hand to soak up the good feelings.

“It was a really good night for us,” Busch said. “Obviously the guys did a good job yesterday through practice. Erik (Jones) and Daniel (Suarez) both have been able to give the crew chiefs good information on what they needed in order to have a fast truck for tonight. It was really cool to see Erik run well and win and Suarez to run well too and to try to run Erik Jones down there at the end, but come up a little bit short. Real happy and pleased with the one-two and even more excited about Christopher Bell and the performance that he put on with us tonight. Being able to come home with a solid eighth place finish, probably could have had a couple spots better there towards the end if it wasn’t for the owner making a bad call, but he did a good job and looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us next year.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – WinStar World Casino 350

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Friday, November 06, 2015

  1. (5) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 147, $62424.
  2. (7) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, 147, $42737.
  3. (15) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 147, $34886.
  4. (1) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 147, $27750.
  5. (17) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 147, $19678.
  6. (6) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 147, $18020.
  7. (4) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 147, $17495.
  8. (11) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 147, $16965.
  9. (9) Ben Kennedy, Toyota, 147, $16861.
  10. (14) Cameron Hayley #, Toyota, 147, $17675.
  11. (12) John H. Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 147, $16620.
  12. (2) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 146, $16406.
  13. (13) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 146, $16297.
  14. (3) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 146, $16192.
  15. (16) Jesse Little, Toyota, 145, $14406.
  16. (8) Jeb Burton(i), Chevrolet, 145, $15952.
  17. (10) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 144, $15848.
  18. (18) Mason Mingus, Chevrolet, 144, $15744.
  19. (19) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, 142, $15635.
  20. (20) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 141, $16031.
  21. (21) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 138, $15427.
  22. (26) Korbin Forrister #, Chevrolet, 136, $14068.
  23. (29) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 136, $13959.
  24. (24) Jennifer Cobb, Chevrolet, 134, $12854.
  25. (23) Justin Jennings, Chevrolet, 89, $12900.
  26. (22) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, Oil Leak, 77, $12647.
  27. (28) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Suspension, 40, $12543.
  28. (27) Todd Peck, Chevrolet, Suspension, 17, $12214.
  29. (25) Dexter Stacey, Chevrolet, Electrical, 11, $12094.
  30. (32) Mike Harmon(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 6, $11594.
  31. (30) Tyler Tanner, Chevrolet, Engine, 0, $10094.
  32. (31) Caleb Roark, Chevrolet, Electrical, 0, $9094.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  158.002 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 23 Mins, 44 Secs. Margin of Victory:  2.855 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  1 for 5 laps.

Lead Changes:  7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   M. Crafton 1-12; E. Jones # 13-47; T. Reddick 48; J. Nemechek # 49; M. Crafton 50-64; E. Jones # 65-98; C. Hayley # 99; E. Jones # 100-147.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  E. Jones # 3 times for 117 laps; M. Crafton 2 times for 27 laps; J. Nemechek # 1 time for 1 lap; C. Hayley # 1 time for 1 lap; T. Reddick 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: E. Jones # – 824; M. Crafton – 807; T. Reddick – 803; J. Sauter – 753; T. Peters – 718; C. Hayley # – 698; D. Hemric # – 674; J. Townley – 654; B. Kennedy – 630; S. Gallagher # – 606.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 7 2015
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