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Back-to-Back: Erik Jones “capable” of NASCAR history

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Erik Jones strolls down pit road at Bristol Motor Speedway prior to the start of the Food City 500 in April 2017. Photo: Matt Courson | The Racing Experts

SPARTA, Ky.—As if a win on NASCAR’s largest stage wasn’t enough for Erik Jones last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Jones has another shot at NASCAR history Saturday in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.

Jones would become the fourth driver in history to back up a first career win with a victory in the next points-awarding event and the first since 1964.

“It would be special,” Jones exclusively said to The Racing Experts. “I’d love to keep it going, it’s been a fun week. It would mean a lot… it would sure be pretty special to get another win right off our first one.

“I honesty think we’re capable of it, we just have to do everything right and have a good racer. It would be special. It’d be a pretty awesome two weeks, probably some of the two coolest weeks in my racing career, so hopefully we can make it happen.”

Three drivers have accomplished the feat; Dick Linder, Billy Wade and Ned Jarrett.

Linder picked up the first two of his three career wins back-to-back in 1950, capturing victories at Dayton Speedway and Hamburg Speedway.

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Ned Jarrett speaks during a media session at Martinsville Speedway in October 2015. Photo: Brian Lawdermilk | Getty Images

Jarrett, a two-time series champion, won his first two Cup races in 1959 at Rambi Raceway and Southern States Fairgrounds.

Wade picked up all four of his career series wins consecutively, winning at Old Bridge Stadium, Bridgehampton Raceway, Islip Speedway and Watkins Glen International driving for Bud Moore.

Wade, who was killed in a tire test at Daytona in January of 1965, holds the record with the most consecutive wins to open a career at four.

Dominic Aragon contributed to this report.

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Matt Courson is the Managing Editor for The Racing Experts. Courson has covered NASCAR events at 19 of the 23 active racetracks. When not at the track, the 20-year-old Journalism major enjoys spending time with family and playing Ingress.

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