Erik Jones Goes Back-To-Back In Iowa

Erik Jones Goes Back-To-Back In Iowa

by June 20, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Tim Bradbury/NASCAR via Getty Images

NEWTON, Iowa – Erik Jones finally captured his first win of the 2015 season after dominating Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.

Coming off a disappointing 23rd place finish at Gateway Motorsports Park due to an electrical issue, Jones entered Friday’s race with three poles, and four top-three finishes within the first nine races of the season. He was also the defending race winner. Jones and his Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 team have been dominating all season long but something always ended up hindering their efforts.  After starting from the pole and leading 112 laps on Friday night at Iowa Speedway, the 19-year old captured his first win of the season.

“It’s been a long time coming and it sure feels good to get a win here at Iowa,” Jones said. “This is kind of where we turned our season around last year and got our Tundra into victory lane. It’s just awesome man — Special Olympics World Games on the car is so cool.  JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) engines, Camping World and all the fans. But, what a day. What a day. Sat on the pole and won a race and led a ton of laps. That’s how you do it and it feels good to finally put it all in to get the win at the end of the day.”

Throughout the night, there were six lead changes among five drivers. ThorSport Racing’s Cameron Hayley, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter led a combined 84 laps and looked as if they could keep Jones from going back-to-back in Iowa.

Cameron Hayley led 37 laps, but during a mid-race pit stop, the jack slipped and dropped the truck. Not long after, Hayley spun out underneath his ThorSport Racing teammate, Johnny Sauter. The two drivers who led throughout the night just barely finished inside the top-20. Sauter finished 17th, and Hayley had to settle for a disappointing 19th place finish.

After his ThorSport Racing teammate, Cameron Hayley had issues; Matt Crafton inherited the race lead on lap 95. Crafton led 33 laps, but it was Erik Jones and Brandon Jones who had their distance on the field in the closing laps. Crafton battled Tyler Reddick hard for the third position, but in the end, it was Reddick who’d claim the third spot, leaving Crafton with a solid fourth place finish.

“Just didn’t have enough momentum up top,” Crafton said. “I mean, I just couldn’t get the momentum up top and it just took so long whenever I was on the bottom. It was so aggravating. When you get stuck down there on the bottom and finally when we got clear we had a really fast truck but just could not get clear of him (Tyler Reddick). But, all in all not a terrible day.”

The battle between Reddick and Crafton was not only for position, but following the checkered flag on Friday night, Crafton now only leads Reddick by a mere 12 points in the championship point standings. With the win, Erik Jones jumped up one spot to third in the standings, just 26 points behind leader, Matt Crafton. Johnny Sauter fell back to fourth in the standings, 43 points back, and John Wes Townley rounds out the top-five, 76 point back.

Following four straight weeks on the road, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take a few weeks off and return to action on Thursday, July 9 for the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Coverage for the event will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET.


American Ethanol 200 Presented By Enogen Results:

1.) #4 Erik Jones

2.) #33 Brandon Jones

3.) #19 Tyler Reddick

4.) #88 Matt Crafton

5.) #51 Christopher Bell

6.) #17 Timothy Peters

7.) #23 Spencer Gallagher

8.) #14 Daniel Hemric

9.) #99 Cole Custer

10.) #05 John Wes Townley

11.) #54 Justin Boston

12.) #29 Austin Theriault

13.) #11 Ben Kennedy

14.) #75 Caleb Holman

15.) #07 Ray Black Jr.

16.) #15 Mason Mingus

17.) #98 Johnny Sauter

18.) #94 Timmy Hill

19.) #13 Cameron Hayley

20.) #02 Tyler Young

21.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

22.) #74 Jordan Anderson

23.) #8 John Hunter Nemechek

24.) #50 Travis Kvapil

25.) #6 Norm Benning

26.) #08 Korbin Forrister

27.) #63 Jake Griffin

28.) #45 Tommy Regan

29.) #1 Ryan Ellis

30.) #03 Michael Affarano

31.) #36 Justin Jennings

32.) #0 Caleb Roark


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #88 Matt Crafton

2.) #19 Tyler Reddick -12

3.) #4 Erik Jones -26

4.) #98 Johnny Sauter -43

5.) #05 John Wes Townley -76

6.) #23 Spencer Gallagher -82

7.) #17 Timothy Peters -87

8.) #14 Daniel Hemric -88

9.) #13 Cameron Hayley -90

10.) #11 Ben Kennedy -101

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.

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