Monday, July 16, 2018
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Erik Jones captures Xfinity series win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Facing little time and room to make his final move, Erik Jones just decided to let it fly.

Jones blew past Kyle Larson soon after the final restart and held off Kyle Busch in the final laps to win Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Larson led a race-high 94 of 200 laps in the Fitzgerald Gilder Kits 300 thanks to a series of daring moves on the tight 0.533-mile track that kept Busch at bay during the final third. Then came the final caution that left a three-lap sprint on the restart, when Jones' No. 20 Toyota Camry got past Busch's No. 18 Toyota on the outside then cleared Larson, whose No. 42 Chevy finished third.

"We got a really good restart and we were right with the 42 (Larson)," Jones said. "The 42 just really left the top open where I'd been running before the yellow came out. I figured that was our only chance, we could go up there and see if it holds, and I went up there and it stuck."

Jones then withstood a last charge from Busch to win after starting on the pole. He led three times for 62 laps and collected a $100,000 bonus with his third career series victory.

IndyCar: Helio Castroneves made Team Penske 3-for-3 in qualifying this season after taking the pole for today's Grand Prix of Long Beach. Castroneves turned a lap at 1 minute, 7.1246 seconds to earn the top starting spot for the second straight race after also doing so in Phoenix. Teammate Will Power started first at the opener in St. Petersburg.

F1: Nico Rosberg took the pole for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai but Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton will have to start from the last row after an early exit from qualifying because of a power unit problem. The race was overnight.

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