May 30, 1996 |
Byron, Michigan, United States
2013 Winchester 400 Winner2014 Howie Lettow Memorial 150 Winner
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|2 race(s) run over 1 year(s)|
|Car no., team||No. 20 (Joe Gibbs Racing)|
|First race||2014 EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (Joliet)|
|Last race||2014 Food City 300 (Bristol)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|12 race(s) run over 2 year(s)|
|Truck no., team||No. 51 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)|
|First race||2013 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)|
|Last race||2014 Chevy Silverado 250 (Mosport)|
|First win||2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)|
|Last win||2014 American Ethanol 200 (Iowa)|
|Statistics current as of August 30, 2014.|
Erik Jones (born May 30, 1996 in Byron, Michigan) is an American stock car racing driver. Winner of the 2012 & 2013 Snowball Derby, he currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Jones, born May 30, 1996 in Byron, Michigan, is a graduate of Swartz Creek High School. Jones received his high school diploma at Texas Motor Speedway before the WinStar World Casino 400K Camping World Truck Series race on June 6, 2014.
Jones began his racing career at the age of seven, in quarter-midget racing; he began racing stock cars at age 13, and began competing in the ASA Late Model Series in 2010, becoming the youngest-ever winner of the Oktoberfest race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Moving to the Champion Racing Association's CRA All-Star Tour in 2011, he won the series championship in his rookie year; Jones also was the winner of that year's Governor's Cup 200 late model race at New Smyrna Speedway, leading every lap of the event; he was the first driver not born in the state of Florida to achieve that feat in over thirty years.
Jones moved to the ARCA Racing Series for the 2012 season, becoming the first-ever driver to compete in the series at the age of 15; competing in 10 of the series' 19 races, he posted a best finish of third at Winchester Speedway and Berlin Raceway. In December of that year, Jones held off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch to win the prestgious Snowball Derby.
In March 2013, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that it had signed Jones to drive in five Camping World Truck Series races in the team's No. 51 Toyota Tundra, driving at Martinsville Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Iowa Speedway. Jones finished second in his third career start in the series at Iowa. In October, Jones added another prestigious late model trophy to his collection, winning the Winchester 400.
On November 8, 2013, Jones became the youngest driver ever to win in the history of NASCAR competition, winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway over Ross Chastain at the age of 17 years, five months and eight days.
In December 2013, Jones was named the winner of the 2013 Snowball Derby after the original winner, Chase Elliott, was disqualified after post-race inspections revealed a piece of tungsten in his car.
In January 2014 it was announced that Jones would return to Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series for 2014, competing in 12 events.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
|2014||Joe Gibbs Racing||20||Toyota||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||TEX||DAR||RCH||TAL||IOW||CLT||DOV||MCH||ROA||KEN||DAY||NHA||CHI
Camping World Truck Series
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2013||Kyle Busch Motorsports||51||Toyota||DAY||MAR
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
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