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Erik Jones Wins In Canada, Becomes NCWTS Point Leader

Erik Jones Wins In Canada, Becomes NCWTS Point Leader

by August 30, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Erik Jones’ win in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday afternoon catapulted him to the top of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings.

Jones’ victory marked his second series win of the 2015 season. He also won at Iowa Speedway back in June. In the closing laps of Sunday’s race, he had to hold off Brad Keselowski Racing’s Alex Tagliani. On the final lap, Tagliani experienced severe mechanical issues that dropped him back through the field for a fifth place finish. Once Tagliani was out of the picture, it was smooth sailing for Jones.

“One win was great, but it’s always nice to get multiple wins in a season and hopefully we can get this Tundra back to victory lane a few more times before the season is out,” Jones said. “Great day, a great truck and a great team. We brought such a good truck off the trailer that it really honestly made the whole weekend pretty easy. Tagliani was fast all weekend and obviously was fast at the end. Just fun to race those guys. Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, Camping World, the fans – thank you all. What a day. So awesome to get a road course win. It’s only my second road course start, so just cool to be here and so happy to get another win for these guys.”

Heading into Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado, Tyler Reddick held the point lead, but on Lap 61, he was caught up in an accident involving NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular, Gray Gaulding. Reddick finished a disappointing 19th and dropped to third in the points, just 15 behind new point leader, Erik Jones. Matt Crafton who finished second in Sunday’s race is still second in points, but he now only trails Jones by three points.

“Oh, it’s very good to have momentum,” Crafton said. “We’ve been very fast each and every week. Junior (Joiner, crew chief) and these guys bring awesome trucks. I’m just the lucky guy that gets to drive them. To finish second here just knowing how bad we were two years ago and what wasn’t the best last year, so to have that momentum going into this last stretch that we’re going into is definitely huge for us.”

Ben Kennedy finished third, followed by Daniel Hemric and Alex Tagliani. Rounding out the top-10 was Thorsport Racing’s Johnny Sauter and Cameron Hayley, as well as Spencer Gallagher, John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer who led 22 of the 64 scheduled laps.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 18 for the American Ethanol E15 225. Coverage for the event will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Chevrolet Silverado 250 Results:

1.) #4 Erik Jones

2.) #88 Matt Crafton

3.) #11 Ben Kennedy

4.) #14 Daniel Hemric

5.) #29 Alex Tagliani

6.) #98 Johnny Sauter

7.) #13 Cameron Hayley

8.) #23 Spencer Gallagher

9.) #8 John Hunter Nemechek

10.) #00 Cole Custer

11.) #54 Gray Gaulding

12.) #25 Brian Wong

13.) #94 TJ Bell

14.) #15 Mason Mingus

15.) #07 Ray Black Jr.

16.) #74 Jordan Anderson

17.) #02 Tyler Young

18.) #08 Korbin Forrister

19.) #19 Tyler Reddick

20.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

21.) #6 Norm Benning

22.) #17 Timothy Peters

23.) #51 Matt Tifft

24.) #1 Travis Kvapil

25.) #05 John Wes Townley

26.) #33 Brandon Jones

27.) #63 Daniel Brown

28.) #45 BJ McLeod

29.) #36 Justin Jennings

30.) #50 Ryan Ellis

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #4 Erik Jones

2.) #88 Matt Crafton -3

3.) #19 Tyler Reddick -15

4.) #98 Johnny Sauter -55

5.) #14 Daniel Hemric -90

6.) #13 Cameron Hayley -101

7.) #17 Timothy Peters -120

8.) #5 John Wes Townley -124

9.) #23 Spencer Gallagher -138

10.) #11 Ben Kennedy -139

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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