Erik Jones Claims XFINITY Series win in Texas

WRITTEN BY: Jonah Rens is 13 years old, and is a junior NASCAR reporter/writer for The Final Lap. His opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of The Final Lap. Follow him on Twitter @NascarRens

It came with a restart with 26 laps to go. And it was green the rest of the way. Certainly what young Erik Jones wanted to see. Jones fought off Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Brad Keselowski to claim his 1st career NASCAR XFINITY series victory in Texas. Keselowski finished 1.624 seconds behind Jones to finish second. Earnhardt Jr finished third followed by Regan Smith, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five. Darrell Wallace Jr. sixth, Denny Hamlin seventh, Chase Elliott the defending NASCAR XFINITY Champion and spring 2014 race winner at Texas finished eighth, Chris Buescher who had damage after he made contact with the wall on the back-straightaway early in the race overcame that problem to finish ninth and Brian Scott rounded out the top ten.

“Man I just don’t know what to say right now. This is so surreal.” Jones said after climbing from his #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. That confidence has been something that I’ve never doubted in myself. To believe in myself and getting here in victory lane at Texas in the XFINITY Series it’s just amazing. We’ve beaten cup guy’s here tonight. That’s huge for us and our team. I knew from the start that this was going to be a good deal. I cannot wait for the rest of the year. I think we are going to see this more often. We had an awesome GameStop Toyota Camry from the start. Jr raced us hard and we threw it right back and then the battle started right back up again. I hope he (Earnhardt Jr.) had fun. I had a blast. I know that I came out in the better end (with the victory) but it was so much fun. Just hard racing like that and they’ve been doing it for so long. So happy to get a win this early on in the season and in the XFINITY Series.”

Ty Dillon who finished 12th holds a -2 point lead over Chris Buescher in the XFINITY series point standing’s.

The next race for the XFINITY series is at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300. The racing action from the worlds fastest half mile starts with NASCAR Raceday: XFINITY at 10:00 AM PT and 1:00 PM ET and the racing from Bristol starts at 10:30 AM PT And 1:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1. And race fans if you don’t think the XFINITY series action on track and the points battle is heating up just wait. We have two short track races coming up for the XFINITY Series. Next weekend’s race at Bristol and then Richmond International Raceway’s Toyota Care 250. Kevin Harvick was the winner of last year’s spring XFINITY race at Richmond after starting ninth and leading 202 of the 250 laps.