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Erik Jones Wins KBM Duel in Las Vegas

Erik Jones Wins KBM Duel in Las Vegas

by September 28, 2014 0 comments

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LAS VEGAS — Kyle Busch Motorsports’ dream season kept rolling on on Saturday night as Erik Jones claimed victory in the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 18-year-old from Byron, Michigan, would prevail in a late-race battle with KBM teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. to earn his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. With his win, Jones provided Kyle Busch Motorsports with their 10th win in 17 races this year.

The driver of the No. 51 ToyotaCare/Project Pink Toyota made a move around his teammate on the inside of Turn 2 with 14 laps to go to grab the lead and he would not look back as he would cross the finish line ahead of Wallace by 1.329 seconds.

Wallace would lead a majority of the race with a total of 84 circuits spent at the front of the field. The driver of the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota would prevail in battles with Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, Ryan Blaney, and even Jones throughout the race but he would be unable to keep up with his teammate in the final long run of the night.

Crafton, the third-place finisher, would have a great points day as he would expand on his seven-point points lead on teammate Johnny Sauter heading into the next race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 88 JeldWen/Menards Toyota would have a solid day throughout the night, fighting for the lead and leading four laps himself.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway would provide both drivers and fans with plenty of action as the lead would swap hands 18 times among 10 different drivers – Jones, Wallace, Crafton, Peters, Blaney, Joey Coulter, Bryan Silas, Tyler Reddick, and German Quiroga.

Four cautions would occur during the 146-lap race with Mason Mingus bringing out the first caution early with a spin on Lap 3. Silas would bring out the second caution of the night shortly after that on Lap 14 and a competition caution would come out on Lap 31, slowing the field for the third time of the night. The final caution of the night would come out on Lap 57 as Reddick would accidentally get into Jason White while avoiding a slowing Quiroga, pushing White into the wall.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take two weeks off before returning to action at Talladega in the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola.

Crafton will take a 19-point lead over Sauter to Talladega and respective 27 and 33-point leads over Blaney and Wallace.

Top-10 Finishers of the Rhino Linings 350

  1. 51 – Erik Jones – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports
  2. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr. – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports
  3. 88 – Matt Crafton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing
  4. 17 – Timothy Peters – Toyota – Red Horse Racing
  5. 7 – Brian Ickler – Toyota – Red Horse Racing
  6. 29 – Ryan Blaney – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing
  7. 31 – Ben Kennedy# – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports
  8. 13 – Jeb Burton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing
  9. 32 – Tayler Malsam – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports
  10. 21 – Joey Coulter – Chevrolet – GMS Racing

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 17 of 22

  1. 88 – Matt Crafton – ThorSport Racing – 644 | Leader
  2. 98 – Johnny Sauter – ThorSport Racing – 625 | -19
  3. 29 – Ryan Blaney – Brad Keselowski Racing – 617 | -27
  4. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr. – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 611 | -33
  5. 21 – Joey Coulter – GMS Racing – 562 | -82
  6. 77 – German Quiroga – Red Horse Racing – 559 | -85
  7. 17 – Timothy Peters – Red Horse Racing – 549 | -95
  8. 31 – Ben Kennedy# – Turner Scott Motorsports – 546 | -98
  9. 13 – Jeb Burton – ThorSport Racing – 527 | -117
  10. 9 – Ron Hornaday Jr. – NTS Motorsports – 484 | -160

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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