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Erik Jones Holds Off Ryan Blaney To Win At Iowa Speedway

Erik Jones Holds Off Ryan Blaney To Win At Iowa Speedway

by July 12, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Image

NEWTON, I.A. – Leading a career high of 131 laps, Erik Jones scored his second career victory on Friday night in the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.

UPDATE: Erik Jones’ truck was too low during post-race inspection. NASCAR will review the situation at their R&D Center this upcoming week.

The win marks Jones’ first of the season. His last victory came at Phoenix International Raceway back in November of last year. Kyle Busch Motorsports continues to dominate this season. Darrell Wallace Jr. led 41 laps, second most only to Jones Friday night. The organization has won seven of the nine races this season. Toyota also continues their dominance winning every series event since November, 8 2013.

However, the win didn’t come easy for Jones. Brad Keselowski Racing’s Ryan Blaney who led 26 laps on Friday night was right in the middle of all the action. With fewer than 20 laps to go, the intensity of the race was kicked up a notch as Jones and Blaney maneuvered through heavy lapped traffic. At one point, the two drivers were leaning on each other exiting turn two in a three-wide situation with Justin Lofton.

Once out of traffic, Jones added to the gap between him and Blaney to capture the victory. The race saw four different leaders and four cautions.

The most notable caution came out on lap 63 when Timothy Peters spun Ron Hornaday Jr. in retaliation to the two drivers getting together and into the wall on the fronstretch. After the two drivers bounced off the wall, Peters turned Hornaday Jr. in front of the field on the backstretch. Luckily no one hit the spinning truck of Hornaday Jr.

Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley and their crews had to be separated from NASCAR officials during post-race. The two drivers were upset over an on-track run-in.

Matt Crafton who finished third takes over the driver point standings with Ryan Blaney moving into second, only two points back. Crafton’s ThorSport Racing’s teammate, Johnny Sauter falls from first to third in the standings after finishing 18th. German Quiroga Jr. jumps two spots in the standings to fourth with a fifth place finish on Friday night.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will leave the blacktop and race on dirt on Wednesday, July 23 for the second annual 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. The race will be live on Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and NASCAR on Sirius XM at 9 p.m. ET.

American Ethanol 200 Top-10 Results:
1.) #51 Erik Jones
2.) #29 Ryan Blaney
3.) #88 Matt Crafton
4.) #21 Joey Coulter
5.) #77 German Quiroga Jr.
6.) #31 Ben Kennedy
7.) #97 Jeff Choquette
8.) #00 Cole Custer
9.) #19 Tyler Reddick
10.) #8 John Hunter Nemecheck

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Point Standings Top-10:
1.) #88 Matt Crafton
2.) #29 Ryan Blaney -2
3.) #98 Johnny Sauter -7
4.) #77 German Quiroga Jr. -19
5.) #30 Ron Hornaday Jr. -23
6.) #31 Ben Kennedy -29
7.) #17 Timothy Peters -31
8.) #54 Darrell Wallace Jr. -37
9.) #21 Joey Coulter -48
10.) 5 John Wes Townley -51

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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