Erik Jones sweeps XFINITY races at Texas
By Matt Courson
November 4, 2017
FORT WORTH— Erik Jones claimed victory in Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, sweeping both XFINITY Series races at Texas Motor Speedway in 2017.
Jones led 142 laps around the 1.5-mile speedway to claim his third victory in the Lone Star State in the XFINITY Series.
“It’s been a few months since I’ve grabbed a win and the 20 guys have got a win, so happy to get them back here,” Jones said.
“They’ve brought fast cars for the last month and we just haven’t found Victory Lane, so cool to get back here again and just happy for these guys.”
STAGE ONE (LAPS 1-45)
Erik Jones led the field to the green, alongside rookie Cole Custer.
Jones would lead all 45 laps in Stage 1.
However, Custer would suffer from a punctured left-rear tire, and would fall back to 22nd before pitting on lap 9.
Custer would rebound from the early incident, finishing fifth.
Ty Dillon brought out first yellow flag on lap 10 after spinning in Turn 2.
The green flag waved again on lap 14, with Jones in command.
On lap 43, disaster struck for championship contender Ryan Reed.
Reed suffered a right-front tire failure and scraped the wall on the front straightaway.
The racetrack remained green, and it was Erik Jones who went on to win the first stage.
STAGE TWO (LAPS 46-90)
During pit stops under the yellow flag, rookie William Byron elected to take two tires, gaining substantial track position.
Four laps after the restart, the No. 78 of Angela Ruch spun off the exit of Turn 3.
When the race resumed on lap 60, the field didn’t manage to complete a lap before the yellow flag flew for the No. 33 of Brandon Jones.
Brandon Jones made contact with the No. 5 of Michael Annett on the backstretch, resulting in the No. 33 machine spinning down the entrance to Turn 3.
On the restart, leader William Byron spun his tires, which resulted in Erik Jones returning to the top spot.
A spin by Christopher Bell on Lap 81 brought out the fifth caution of the race. Jeremy Clements received the free pass award.
Jones was able to get a great restart, and went on to win the second stage.
STAGE THREE (LAPS 91-200)
Varying strategy resulted in Ryan Blaney securing the top spot.
Blaney led the opening laps of Stage 3.
The yellow flag waved for the No. 24 of Dylan Lupton on lap 124 after he spun through the frontstretch.
Erik Jones reclaimed the lead after beating Blaney off the pit lane.
Jones would hold off a fast-charging Ryan Blaney in the waning laps for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 victory.
Erik Jones won the 13th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his ninth victory in 76 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his third victory and sixth top-five finish in six races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five races in the Lone Star State. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2017.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Cole Custer (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 5 points over William Byron heading into the Arizona desert.
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