Erik Jones

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Erik Jones
Erik Jones celebrates winning 2010 Oktoberfest ASA North Late Model race.jpg
Jones celebrating 2010 ASA win at La Crosse
Born (1996-05-30) May 30, 1996 (age 18)
Byron, Michigan, United States
Achievements

2011 CRA All-Star Tour Champion
2012, 2013 Snowball Derby Winner
2011 Governors Cup Winner

2013 Winchester 400 Winner

2014 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)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
12 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 51 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
2013 position 29th
Best champ.
finish
29th (2013)
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)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 8 1
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.

Personal life[edit]

Jones, born May 30, 1996 in Byron, Michigan, is a graduate of Swartz Creek High School.[1][2] 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.[2]

Career[edit]

Background[edit]

Jones' 2010 ASA North Late Model that he won at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway

Jones began his racing career at the age of seven, in quarter-midget racing; he began racing stock cars at age 13,[3] and began competing in the ASA Late Model Series in 2010, becoming the youngest-ever winner of the Oktoberfest race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.[4] 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.[5]

NASCAR[edit]

Jones' 2013 truck at Rockingham Speedway

Jones moved to the ARCA Racing Series for the 2012 season,[5] becoming the first-ever driver to compete in the series at the age of 15;[6] competing in 10 of the series' 19 races, he posted a best finish of third at Winchester Speedway and Berlin Raceway.[7] In December of that year, Jones held off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch to win the prestgious Snowball Derby.[8]

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,[6] driving at Martinsville Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Iowa Speedway.[1] Jones finished second in his third career start in the series at Iowa.[9] In October, Jones added another prestigious late model trophy to his collection, winning the Winchester 400.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

On June 19, 2014, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Jones will run three races with the team's No. 20 in the Nationwide Series.[14]

On July 11, 2014 at Iowa Speedway, Jones dueled Ryan Blaney and ultimately held him off for the win.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b King, Randy (April 5, 2013). "Success snowballs for teen driver". The Roanoke Times. Roanoke, VA. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b "NASCAR Truck Driver Erik Jones Graduates at Texas". ABC News. Associated Press. June 7, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Brudenell, Mike. "Erik Jones is spending his teen years in the fast lane, victory lane". September 3, 2010. Detroit, MI: Detroit Free Press, page B4. Accessed 2013-04-06.
  4. ^ "About Erik". Erik Jones official site. Accessed 2013-04-06.
  5. ^ a b Olsen, Cory. "ARCA is next step in 15-year-old Erik Jones' racing career". March 9, 2012: MLive.com. MLive Media Group. Accessed 2013-04-06.
  6. ^ a b "Erik Jones catches the eye of Kyle Busch at Snowball Derby and lands 5-race deal in Trucks". March 16, 2013. Minneapolis, MN: Star Tribune. Accessed 2013-04-06.
  7. ^ Erik Jones - 2012 ARCA Racing Series Results. Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Accessed 2013-04-06.
  8. ^ Inabinett, Mark. "Teen Erik Jones battles by NASCAR star Kyle Busch to win Snowball Derby". December 2, 2012: AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Accessed 2013-04-06.
  9. ^ Norman, Brad (July 13, 2013). "Young names make veterans take notice at Iowa". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  10. ^ de la Bastide, Ken (October 14, 2013). "Jones wears Winchester 400 crown". The Herald Bulletin. Anderson, IN. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  11. ^ Pearce, Al (November 9, 2011). "Erik Jones becomes youngest winner in NASCAR history". Autoweek. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  12. ^ Inabinett, Mark (December 8, 2013). "Erik Jones gets second straight Snowball Derby victory after Chase Elliott disqualified". Press-Register. Mobile, AL. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  13. ^ Estrada, Chris (January 24, 2014). "NASCAR Notes: Kyle Busch Motorsports lays out Truck plans for 2014". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  14. ^ Turner, Jared (June 19, 2014). "Joe Gibbs Racing to enter Erik Jones in three Nationwide Series races". Foxsports.com. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Chase Elliott
Snowball Derby Winner
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent