Recap of Erik Jones’ race weekend
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Erik Jones stands on pit road at Kansas Speedway Saturday during pre-race festivities.
Erik Jones’ Kansas Speedway race weekend featured heartbreak in both of the series he competed in.
Jones led the most
laps in the Camping World Truck Series’ Toyota Tundra 250 Friday night. Jones,
who started on pole position, had as high as an 11 second lead.
Jones’ hopes of victory Friday night dashed when the driver ran out of fuel while leading. As he came down pit road, he also received a penalty for speeding on pit road.
“It just sucks, we had, by far, the best truck,” Jones said. “We were up to an 11 second lead at one point. It’s just so terrible for these guys when we bring that fast of a truck and we can’t bring the win home.
“I saved as much as I could most of the run; the 19 made us run pretty hard.”
Jones lost 12 points to Matt Crafton in the championship standings, remaining third overall four races into the season.
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Erik Jones' No. 18 damaged Camry at Kansas Speedway.
Jones qualified 12th for his official Sprint Cup debut, topping the charts in final practice Friday.
Jones ran inside the top-ten off-and-on Saturday night, leading lap 82 and posting the fastest lap seven times.
On lap 197, while running sixth, Jones spun out of turn four, overcorrecting and collecting damage along the front stretch. After making repairs behind the wall, Jones returned to the racing surface, eventually finishing 40th, 25 laps down.
“I just got loose off [of turn] four and lost it,” Jones said of the lap 197 accident. “All my fault, guess I have to go back and figure it out. You know, we had a good night before that. Something to take from it. I’m ready to do another one—I hope I get another shot.”