Erik Jones drove his Toyota Camry to a third-place finish on Saturday night under the lights at Kansas Speedway. Jones started inside the top-10 and earned points at both stage breaks. After a late caution for Toyota teammate Matt DiBenedetto, Jones started on the front row for NASCAR overtime. Jones could not get past eventual race winner Brad Keselowski, but still tied his season-best result.
“When it started, we were kind of off and then we got better. Then we got off again and got better at the end. It was a good night and it was nice to have a shot at the win. The DeWalt Camry was for sure capable of winning. We just weren’t in the right situation and didn’t have some runs work out and the caution at the end. Just didn’t have the right push. Not a lot more you can ask for other than the win. Everybody did a great job, but it’s good momentum going on to two weeks now having good runs and having shots to run up front, it’s been nice after a rough month. Hopefully we can keep it going.”
Kyle Busch looked like he was going to continue his top-10 streak
in the closing laps of the race. However, he suffered a tire rub late and was forced to pit, ending the run at 11 straight top-10 finishes to start the season, which tied the all-time record. His teammates, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr., were scored inside the top 20 at the close of the evening.
Next weekend, the series heads to Charlotte and races for one million dollars under the lights for the annual All-Star Race.