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Erik Jones Claims Iowa Xfinity Race


Joe Gibbs Racing has enjoyed immense success this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, led by Kyle Busch and his 8 wins. But with Busch in Pocono this weekend, focused solely on running that race, the remaining Gibbs Toyotas running the US Cellular 250 had to pick up where Kyle left off. Erik Jones was glad to step up.

Jones put on a solid performance Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, setting a torrid pace early and never let up. Jones had lapped into the top 15 positions by lap 100 and was only passed on pit road a couple times in the first half of the race. Erik’s number 20 spent most of the second 125 laps chasing Ty Dillon down. Dillon appeared to have one of the few cars in the field capable of challenging Jones, but Erik took the lead for good with 16 laps to go and cruised to his third win of the year.

Dillon came home second, Elliott Sadler finished third, Brennan Poole fourth and fifth place went to Dakoda Armstrong. Sixth place was Sam Hornish Jr, Justin Allgaier seventh, Brad Keselowski finished eighth, Josh Berry ninth, and Ryan Reed rounded out the top 10.

Darrell Wallace, Jr was a popular pre-race favorite but ran into trouble early. Wallace spun down the backstretch and made slight contact with the wall. After pitting for repairs, Wallace was attempting to make his way back up but found himself in the wall again on lap 123. Pole winner Daniel Suarez ran strong until a mid-race restart when he was behind Josh Berry when Berry missed a shift. Suarez pounded the back of Berry’s Chevrolet and damaged the nose of his car, forcing him to the garage.

Erik Jones picked up his third victory of the season and fifth of the year. The win was also the 13th for Joe Gibbs Racing in 19 Xfinity Series races in 2016.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action August 8th at Watkins Glen International.