Erik Jones Dominates To Win At Texas Motor Speedwayby Camille Jones April 8, 2017 0 comments
FORT WORTH, Tex. – Erik Jones led 112 laps on his way to capturing his second victory at Texas Motor Speedway in Saturday’s 200-lap My Bariatric Solutions 300.
Jones was dominant early on and returned to win his first event of 2017 on the newly-paved track surface at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 GameStop/GAEMS Toyota made the race-winning pass on his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Daniel Suarez on lap 156.
“I think we just had to look at what the track was doing over the race and kind of how the track changed what our car did,” said Jones. “We really didn’t make many adjustments. (Chris) Gabehart (crew chief) did a great job last night trying to get the car freed up for today. The track was definitely a lot tighter. Just cool to get the Game Stop Camry to victory lane.”
Ryan Blaney finished in the second position in his Team Penske No. 22 Discount Tire Ford on Saturday. He has now finished in the top-10 in each of his four starts at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Kevin Harvick finished third in his No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford. He ran just outside the top-10 for much of the race, but he was able to make his way up to the third position. Saturday’s race marked his second start in the series this season, and so far, he has captured two top-fives with a fourth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway back in March.
Austin Dillon and Cole Custer completed the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 was Darrell Wallace Jr., William Byron, Ty Dillon, Matt Tifft and Elliott Sadler.
The race was broken up into three stages. Stages 1 and 3 were won by Erik Jones, and Stage 2 was won by William Byron.
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 12 PPG Ford, started on the pole for Saturday’s race and led 19 laps early, but his Ford ultimately suffered an engine failure and Logano’s race ended when he took the car to the garage on lap 145.
There were six cautions for a total of 31 laps over the course of the event.
On lap 67, the caution was thrown for the only multi-car incident of the day involving Darrell Wallace, Jr., Justin Allgaier, Brennan Poole, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez. Wallace went for a spin in his No. 6 Leidos Ford, collecting the others.
Elliott Sadler still leads the NASCAR XFINITY Series points standings over rookie William Byron by six points.
The drivers of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to the track on Saturday, April 22 for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Coverage will be on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 1 p.m. ET.
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