Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Erik Jones wins Xfinity race in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — Erik Jones skipped his high school graduation ceremony three years ago to run in a NASCAR trucks race at Texas, where he was presented his actual diploma before the event.

Two years ago, he went to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway for the first time in the Xfinity series.

On Saturday, the 20 year old won again at the 1½-mile track that was completely repaved and reconfigured in Turns 1 and 2 before this season opened.

"Yeah, it's been a good track for me," Jones said. "The first time I came here, it's funny, it really wasn't that good to me, but after that it just kind of clicked and I felt really good here ever since."

Jones led 112 of 200 laps in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 for his seventh career Xfinity victory, four of them coming on 1½-mile tracks. Jones starts 36th in the 40-car field for today's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 in the Monster Energy Cup series.

Jones finished Saturday's race a half-second ahead of Ryan Blaney, another full-time Cup series driver and the second-place qualifier for today's race.

Blaney led 43 laps and went into his final pit stop still with the lead before Jones went back in front for good on lap 156.

Kevin Harvick, the pole-sitter for today's race, finished third, more than 21 seconds off the lead, ahead of Austin Dillon and Cole Custer.

Only nine drivers finished on the lead lap.

INDYCAR: Helio Castroneves won the pole for today's Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.). Castroneves needed a record lap of 1 minute, 06.22 seconds on the street course to win the pole for the third straight year. Scott Dixon qualified second followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe.

Erik Jones wins Xfinity race in Texas 04/08/17 [Last modified: Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. State baseball: Unbeaten Calvary Christian makes it 29 straight wins, reaches final

    Baseballpreps

    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian is one game from season-long perfection. And its first state championship.

     Calvary Christian players celebrate their win after the FHSAA class 4A semi-final against American Heritage on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary defeated American Heritage 7 to 1. Calvary takes on Pensacola Catholic in the championship tomorrow night, at Hammond Stadium.
  2. USF eliminated by UCF in AAC baseball; Florida, FSU, Miami win

    Colleges

    CLEARWATER — Roughly 16 hours after a ninth-inning collapse against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference's double-elimination baseball tournament, USF returned to Spectrum Field presumably set for a reboot.

    It simply got booted instead.

    ’NOLES win: Tyler Holton gets a hug from Drew Carlton after his strong eight innings help Florida State beat Louisville.
  3. Rays journal: Rookie Daniel Robertson takes pride in sparkling defense

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie INF Daniel Robertson has earned raves for his defensive play at both second base and shortstop, making a highlight play almost every game he starts, including one in the fifth inning Friday.

    Robertson
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    RF Steven Souza is always, shall we say, entertaining. In the second, he made an impressive running, leaping catch. In the seventh, he made either the worst dive for a ball a good 15 feet away or was trying for the best deke. In the eighth, he hit a massive homer.

  5. Rowdies anxious to get back on track

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Having already played four matches in less than two weeks' time, the Rowdies have to turn around again on short rest to host Saint Louis FC today.

    And they're actually glad about it.