Erik Jones Wins at Iowa Speedway

Box Score Info

RACE:  NASCAR XFINITY Series – US Cellular 250

TRACK:  Iowa Speedway

DRIVER:  Erik Jones  

CAR:  No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota Camry 

START: 2nd

FINISH: 1st

LAPS: 250/250

LAPS LED: Four Times for 154 Laps

 

Post-Race Highlights:

·        The NASCAR XFINITY Series made their final stop of the season at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for the US Cellular 250. Erik Jones qualified the No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota Camry in the second position and led 154 laps on the way to his third win of the year.

·        With the sun setting on the Newton, Iowa track, the green flag waved for the US Cellular 250 and Jones wasted no time getting around pole sitter and teammate Daniel Suarez.

·        Taking over the lead on lap one, Jones set his rhythm and held a one second lead over second place when the second caution of the race waved on lap 40 for a NASCAR mandated competition caution. Crew chief Chris Gabehart called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and a minor adjustment. The race restarted on lap 46 with the No. 20 Camry in the third position. Jones immediately found himself three wide for the lead, taking over the top position lap 47.

·        Continuing to lead the field, Jones maneuvered through lapped traffic with the help of spotter Brandon Lines and had a three second lead by lap 100.

·        The third caution waved on lap 114 for debris and Jones again brought the No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota Camry to the service of his crew. The team changed four tires, added fuel and again made a small adjustment. Jones restarted the race from the second position on lap 120.

·        Following several quick cautions, Jones was back in the lead when the caution waved on lap 149. Under the caution, Jones made his final stop of the night for four tires, fuel and another small adjustment. The race restarted on lap 157 with Jones in the third position.

·        Slipping the fourth on lap 158, Jones moved up to third on lap 159 and second on lap 162.

·        Focused on the leader, Jones carefully navigated through lapped traffic and with 17 laps remaining in the race, passed Ty Dillon for the lead. Jones was able to pull away from the field to capture his third win of the 2016 season.

·        Jones won the US Cellular 250 and was followed across the finish line by Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole and teammate Dakoda Armstrong.

·        The win moves Jones up in the point standings to fourth, 49 points behind leader Elliott Sadler.

·        Up next for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the first road course of the year, Watkins Glen International, on Saturday, August 6. The Zippo 200 can be viewed on CNBC at 2:00 p.m. ET.

 

Erik Jones’ Post-Race Thoughts:

What was the difference between this win and your last race at Iowa Speedway?

“Well, we didn’t have a fuel issue – a fuel pickup issue – which was nice. Just a really great race car, DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Camry, so cool to get these guys to victory lane and just a great day for us. It was a great race car. Felt really good about it yesterday – what we had in practice – and it carried over in the race today, so just really happy to be here, really happy to get another win for these guys and we deserve many more and we were long overdue for one and just feels good to get it for them.” 

How hard were you working during those restarts?

“I was working pretty hard the last 60 laps or so and trying to get that spot back, you know? We got back in traffic on that last restart and just couldn’t get it back. He (Ty Dillon) did a good job playing aero games and getting us behind and I was working hard trying everything I could and finally I got a really good run when he got hung up with the lap car and was able to get clear of him. I don’t know if that lap car – if I would have been able to get around him straight up – but once you got in clear air I felt really good about it. I was just taking it easy and smooth sailing from there.” 

Can you build upon this win?

“I think so for sure. We needed a little momentum to go our way. We were long overdue like I said for a win and this is what we want to do a little bit more up here before the Chase starts and when the Chase starts as well, so I know we can do it. We’ve got a great race team. Just a matter of putting all the pieces together every week.” 

Were you saving your tires at the end?

“No, I wasn’t saving much. I was really working as hard as I could to get around Ty (Dillon) and it was tough, man. Aero – the air game was pretty tough. Just needed to get clean air for a long time and burned a lot of tire off the DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Camry there at the start, but it’s a great day. We had a great car – one that definitely deserved to win the race. The fastest car I feel like won tonight, which is always a good feeling, but just want to say thanks to GameStop, Reser’s, Hisense, Interstate Batteries, Toyota, XFINITY, NASCAR, the fans and JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) Engines for getting us to victory lane. An awesome day for us.”

How close were you to running out of fuel?

“I don’t think we were too close. I don’t know how many more we could have gone, but we definitely had enough – fuel pressure wasn’t starting to move at all and I was saving for the last 10 or so just to make sure we were on the side of it that we needed to be, but I felt good about it. Chris (Gabehart, crew chief) felt good about it, but thanks to these guys. It’s just a great race car we’ve prepared. I feel like we deserve to win here when we came here earlier this year – we had a really fast car – and nice to kind of get some redemption for that one.”