Coach Joe Gibbs shed light on Erik Jones ' NASCAR career arc Tuesday morning, saying that a full XFINITY Series schedule and some Sprint Cup events were planned for 2016. Gibbs, appearing on "The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, said that advancing the 19-year-old driver through the NASCAR development ladder was a top priority at Joe Gibbs Racing . "We look at Erik as a big part of our future," Gibbs told SiriusXM, "and we've got a plan laid out and it's not something we've talked about in public, but we all kind of know inside of our racing organization, and with his parents and his agent ... is just great. So we've talked over a plan, and basically the plan next year would be a full XFINITY season and try and run for a championship there and also to, in all likelihood, have him in some Cup races so that would be the goal for next year." Jones already has one Sprint Cup start to his credit, making an impressive drive at Kansas Speedway in May in place of the injured Kyle Busch . He also logged a hefty relief stint the month before, substituting for an ailing Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway . Gibbs, 74, said plans to get Jones into a full-time ride are taking shape, though his organization currently stands at the NASCAR-mandated maximum of four teams, with Busch, Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth on the JGR driver roster. "We've got a plan laid out in the future, and it's something we can't, you know, we don't want to talk about now, but there is no question -- this guy, Erik's headed for Cup," Gibbs said with a laugh. "He's headed for Cup and we've got a path charted that we think is the best to get him ready and to fulfill his goal of being in a Cup car as quick as we can get him there." Jones is in his first full season driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Michigan native ranks third in the series standings, with four pole positions and one victory in 12 races thus far. Jones has also competed in 17 of 19 XFINITY Series events this season, with four poles and two wins splitting time between JGR's Nos. 20 and 54 Toyotas.
No. 18 driver has won three straight races with three different rules packages RELATED: How 'Rowdy' can make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup LONG POND, Pa. -- The 2015 season has been one of change for Kyle Busch , missing the first 11 races of the season with a broken leg and a broken foot and then coming back with a new crew chief, Adam Stevens, for his No. 18 ride. On Friday, the winner of the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races said embracing change has been key to his success. As the Joe Gibbs Racing driver attempts to become the first driver to win four consecutive races since 2007 when Jimmie Johnson did it on the way to his second Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, Busch hopes this strong streak will carry over into the fall to follow in Johnson's footsteps. "I look forward to continuing on our Chase march here and then once we get to Chicago, being able to capitalize on this hot summer to have a continuation of that into the Chase," Busch said. The driver has not only won three races in a row, but has done so with three different rules packages. His first win in the string came with the low downforce package at Kentucky Speedway , followed by a victory under 2015 rules at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . His first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the next week came with NASCAR's high drag package. "With the different aero packages, I actually was pretty excited about it," Busch said. "I kind of like change, and I feel like I'm the best at being able to adapt to it the fastest before crew chiefs and engineers get too much of an understanding of the basis of what they have to work on to make those packages better in order to get their drivers better, their cars better and to be able to keep up with me. I kind of like the change." Busch likes change so much that he suggested running last weekend's rules at Pocono Raceway, a track where he's winless in NASCAR's premier series. "I actually wouldn't mind if we had that high drag package here at Pocono," Busch said. "I think here would definitely be a place that you'd want to see it with these long straightaways. That would certainly make for a really interesting race." Pocono is one of only five tracks where he hasn't won a race. The other four -- Martinsville Speedway , Charlotte Motor Speedway , Kansas Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway -- are in the Chase, and the last three are 1.5-mile tracks, which make up half of the races in NASCAR's playoffs. When the Chase starts, Busch will have run only one points race with the 2015 package on a 1.5-mile track, Charlotte in the Coca-Cola 600 . He earned an 11th-place result behind JGR teammate and winner Carl Edwards . Busch acknowledged his lack of track time with the current package, and the driver may need to learn behind the wheel during the final 10 races of the season. "The lower downforce at Kentucky was fun," Busch said. "It's definitely a lot harder than what a lot of the other mile-and-a-halfs have been this year. I haven't run in a whole lot of them. But just from the drivers' sense of what I got, the off-throttle time was a heck of a lot more. Everybody enjoyed it a lot so I hope to continue on down that path." Although Busch's first win of 2015 came on a road course last month at Sonoma Raceway, Busch said next week's return to road racing may present the biggest obstacle over the final six races of the regular season as he needs to make and then stay in the top 30 in points to secure a playoff berth. "With Watkins Glen coming up next week, that's going to be another hard one to get through so that's going to be a tough challenge for myself in the left foot. So we'll make it, and I think we'll be OK like Sonoma," Busch said. "It'll be sore on Monday afterwards, and we'll continue to ice it and make it feel better." Sunday's Windows 10 400 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) will be the first time this season Busch will run a second race at the same track. He finished ninth in June, and hopes to replace the zero in his victory column with a win based on JGR adjustments over the last six weeks. "I've never won at Pocono Raceway, and I hope that's about to change," Busch said, using the "c" word again. "We've certainly had some good runs over the years, sometimes in the spring race, sometimes in the summer race, but overall, I feel like our team's really come a long way. I like where we're going and where we're at so I just hope that we can continue that here this weekend and get ourselves a win and make it four in a row." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Camping World Truck Series driver says track can be a 'cruel teacher' Even after crashing out of his two previous Kansas Speedway starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Spencer Gallagher still sees the intermediate-sized track in the Midwest plains as a favorable venue. It's a love-hate relationship that could understandably veer toward hate, but for Gallagher, the love side of the spectrum still wins out. "I've had some ridiculous things happen to me at my career at Kansas , but I still love the place," Gallagher says. "She can be a cruel teacher, but it really is a great race track." Gallagher and the rest of the Truck Series regulars get their chance to learn more Kansas lessons, shaking off a five-week layoff in Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), the fourth of 23 races this season for the tailgate tour. Spins, wrecks, and other heartaches tell only part of the tale of Gallagher's backstory with the 1.5-mile speedway . The 25-year-old Las Vegas native also claims Kansas as the site of his first win in the ARCA stock-car series last season, but also as the home to his truck series debut in 2013. Though that first Truck race was marked by a dead-last starting spot and a crash-abbreviated 22nd-place finish, it still serves as a reminder for how far Gallagher has come from his partial-schedule beginnings to his full-time role with GMS Racing in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet this season. "What a disaster that race was," Gallagher said, pointing out a photo on the wall of his race shop that shows him making a pit stop during his debut. "It's funny, if you go back and look at my record at Kansas , I have had some of the dumbest stuff I've every had happen to me in my entire race car driving career happen at Kansas , but I still love the place. By all rights, I really shouldn't be because it hasn't been kind to me all that much. I still love going around it. "It feels like a whole lifetime ago. That was a different team really with a completely different way of doing things than we are now. We've come so far. We're so much better than the team we were a couple of years ago. I really catch myself thinking and feeling that a lot, that wow, all that stuff feels like a lifetime ago." Fast forward two years later and Gallagher has reason for optimism in his first full season in a NASCAR national series. Though he notes that the results haven't reflected the team's performance so far, Gallagher still ranks eighth in the truck standings with plenty of racing left -- just three races into a season-long contest. Gallagher hasn't lacked for motivation, identifying himself as "the goal-setting type." This season's aim is a finish in the top five in the Camping World Truck Series standings, a feat he sees as achievable. "We have made leaps-and-bounds improvements over the stuff that we were running even last year. It's been nothing short of a revolution for us in the offseason," he says. "So I try to be a goal-oriented person. I find that helps me get things done a lot better. If you have a clear goal in mind, that keeps your mind from wandering and it keep you on focus." The other factor that's helped him sharpen both his focus and his driving skills has been a newfound interest in dirt-track racing, where he's a self-described "new convert to the gospel" of slinging a late model around clay bullrings as an extracurricular diversion. Gallagher said he's enamored with the compact time frame of dirt-track racing, which allows him to shoehorn an event into his schedule with relative ease. After Friday night's Truck race, he plans to compete at Friendship Speedway in Elkin, North Carolina, in an effort to fit in more seat time. Though the Kansas high banks are paved and contain a decent amount of grip, Gallagher said he sees some parallels with dirt-track racing, comparing the two styles of running on the ragged edge. Friday night, he'll see if the hobby translates to success in his full-time ride. "We're going to get to find that out at Kansas ," Gallagher said. "That's going to be the first real test I'm going to have since I started. I totally see what people mean when they say it helps a driver's feel so much because you're so out of control constantly in those things. You have to develop a good 'butt feel,' as it were to just be able to get around the race track." In just 15 career Truck Series races, Gallagher has a best finish of third place, secured last fall in a mad scramble of a finish at Talladega Superspeedway . This season, he's still in search of his first top-10 run, but he's emphasized making the focus about his team's fortunes and not his personal aspirations. "I kind of come secondary. If I'm having a great day, wonderful, but I want to make sure GMS Racing's having a great day," Gallagher said. "... Week in, week out, we've taken cars to the race track that have had great speed with them, and that's the important bit. If we can keep that consistency going through the rest of the season, good things happen, man. Good things are all about consistency, and that's what's important. That's what I like about it." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Get caught up for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 (Sat., 7:30 p.m. ET, FS1) SHOP: NASCAR gear of all your favorite drivers What: 5th Annual SpongeBob SquarePants 400 When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 Where: Kansas Speedway , Kansas City, Kansas TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1, MRN/SiriusXM Distance: 267 laps (400.5 miles) Time: 7:30 p.m. ET Pit Road Speed: 45 mph Caution Car Speed: 55 mph Competition Caution: Lap 25 On The Front Row " Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars 1. Joey Logano , Team Penske No. 22 Ford (192.397 mph) 2. Kasey Kahne , Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet (191.911 mph) Failed To Qualify Brendan Gaughan , Premium Motorsports No. 62 Chevrolet Fastest In Practice First Practice: Kevin Harvick , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (190.772 mph) " Results Final Practice: Erik Jones , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (191.306 mph) " Results Driver Rating Best driver rating average at Kansas based on past 14 races: Jimmie Johnson , Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (112.1) Matt Kenseth , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota (105.6) Kyle Larson , Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 42 Chevrolet (103.9) Greg Biffle , Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford (102.8) Jeff Gordon , Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet (100.5) Defending SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Champion Jeff Gordon , Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet Former Kansas Winners In Field Jeff Gordon (3); Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart (2), Denny Hamlin , Kevin Harvick , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , Ryan Newman (1) Happy and Sad Former Kansas winner Kevin Harvick had an interesting Friday at Kansas Speedway , topping the first practice session with a speed of 190.722 mph, then inexplicably placed 35th in the final session at 185.471 mph. The Mentee Teaches Carl Edwards has a new teammate this weekend in 18-year-old Erik Jones , filling in for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota. Jones just happened to top final practice — heading into what will be his first Sprint Cup Series start. "I haven't talked with Erik (Jones) much. I talked to him a little bit today. As fast as he is … the advice will be going the other direction it seems like. He's very good and it's really exciting to see someone that fast. A Racetrack Under the Sea? Saturday’s forecast calls for heavy rain, putting the status of throwing the green flag into question. Thankfully, SpongeBob SquarePants – whom the race is named after – is, you know, a sponge, so hopefully he can aid the Air Titans in drying the track if it's necessary. RELATED: Live weather updates from Kansas Coming From the Back Brad Keselowski holds the distinction of winning after qualifying deepest in the field, winding up in Victory Lane after starting 25th in 2011. The race has been won from the pole four times ( Joe Nemechek , 2004; Johnson, 2008; Kenseth, 2013; Harvick 2013). Home Sweet Home? Three Sprint Cup Series drivers consider Kansas /Missouri home, but not all three consider Kansas Speedway their home track. Here's what Clint Bowyer (Emporia, Kansas ), Carl Edwards (Columbia, Missouri) and Jamie McMurray (Joplin, Missouri) said what a win would mean for them. Bowyer: "It would be awesome to win here. We're going to need a hospital if we win here. … If we win, there could be a flamethrower in Victory Lane." Edwards: "The thought of winning here, winning that ( Camping World Truck Series) race here, I could hear the crowd over the engine – I'd never heard that before. I never had anything like that happen. There's so many people from my hometown and so many people that I've raced with that are going to be here, to run well here would be special." McMurray: "This isn't a home track because we've all raced here the same amount of times. It's not like we grew up racing here. It would be special to win here, but it would be special to win anywhere." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
18-year-old will make first official Sprint Cup start on Saturday KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Erik Jones will make his first official start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series here this weekend, filling in for the injured Kyle Busch in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Beyond this weekend's race, however, his status as a Sprint Cup driver is less certain. The organization, which fields four full-time Sprint Cup teams, hasn't indicated when Busch will return from injuries sustained in the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway . Jones, who competes part time for JGR in the XFINITY Series and full time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, said Friday at Kansas Speedway the focus is on this weekend's race and nothing more. "Honestly, we haven't really thought much past this weekend," Jones said. "We're all hoping Kyle can come back; I know he's ready to come back. "Right now, it's just Kansas and going out and seeing what we can do this weekend." Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) will be Jones' second Sprint Cup race. The 18-year-old stepped into the No. 11 of JGR driver Denny Hamlin in relief last month at Bristol Motor Speedway , finishing 26th. "That was a tough situation to be put in, and I felt like if we could have started farther up front ... that we could have possibly finished a little better than we did," he said. "I felt pretty comfortable in the car by the end of the day, which was nice especially at Bristol -- that's a place that I've never really feel 100 percent like I've got that place figured out." That comfort makes this weekend's start a little less stressful. In addition to his Sprint Cup duties, he's also competing in Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 (8:30 p.m. ET) Truck Series event. "I feel really good about it honestly," he said. "Bristol was kind of a big test session for me, letting me get laps and knock some of that new-car, new-team rust off and get a good feel for it." Jones is the third driver to fill in for Busch during his recovery. Fellow Toyota driver Matt Crafton , a two-time NCWTS champion, drove the No. 18 in the season-opening Daytona 500 while David Ragan , formerly with Front Row Motorsports , has been the driver of record for the team in the previous nine races. Jones, third in points in the Truck Series, scored his first XFINITY Series win last month at Texas Motor Speedway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Despite troubles, Team Penske driver scores fifth-place finish KANSAS CITY, Kan. – If Joey Logano hopes to contend for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, the Team Penske driver and his No. 22 team will have to avoid the kind of mistakes that took them out of contention during Saturday night's rain-delayed SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway . Logano passed more cars than any other driver at Kansas , 147 according to NASCAR loop data, and came home with a not-so-terrible fifth-place finish, his sixth top-five result in this year's first 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. But missteps by the driver and team continually put the yellow Ford at the back of the field, requiring Logano to work his way through rush-hour-like traffic on at least two occasions. "We inverted the field on ourselves," Logano said sheepishly. "We got most cars passed and it was fun, but … man, we did a terrible job. That's pretty much what it comes down to." The Daytona 500 winner joins the rest of the series this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway , site of Saturday night's Sprint All-Star race (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, Sirius XM). A week later, Charlotte plays host to the Coca-Cola 600 (May 24, 6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the series' longest affair. He has finished as high as second in the non-points race and his average finish in points races there is better than any other facility. But he has yet to win at the 1.5-mile track. And unless they avoid problems such as those that surfaced at Kansas , he'll remain winless at Charlotte. Although he started on the pole for the fourth time this season last weekend, and led the first 29 laps of the 267-lap race, a penalty during pit stops on Lap 95 (his crew was over the wall too soon) dropped him to the tail end of the field. After working his way from 32nd back inside the top 10, Logano was flagged again on Lap 186 when he came down pit road before it was open under caution. That miscue sent him back to the rear once more, this time just outside the top 15. "I typically hear it on my radio, whether (pit road) is open or closed," he said of the mistake. "I heard the call to pit but I never looked (at the pit entrance lights). I saw no one else was pitting and thought 'we're going to get off strategy here. I'm the only guy (pitting).'" Fortunately for the team, Logano's car had speed. He was back inside the top 10 once again by Lap 220 and fifth by the time the checkered flag finally appeared. "We got a top five out of it because we had a fast car and we were able to recover," he said. "But just on all aspects we all just did a terrible job; We know how to do it, we've done it before, we execute really well; we just kept screwing up." Logano made it to the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup a year ago, winning a career-best five times in his second season with the Penske organization. Based on his team's showing thus far this year, he's once again considered one of the favorites to battle for the title. As long as he and the team avoid putting themselves in the type of precarious positions they found themselves in last weekend. "We had a fast race car and that’s what saved us," Logano said. "But our execution was not very good. We've got to raise our game a little bit. We've got to clean it up." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Erik Jones leads 151 laps, but runs dry with five to go RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Matt Crafton didn't have the fastest truck in Friday night's Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway , but he had the best feel for fuel mileage and what his crew chief would call their lucky fuel cell. The result was Crafton’s seventh series career victory. With truck after truck pulling to the inside of the 1.5-mile Kansas oval over the last five laps with empty fuel cells, Crafton cruised over the finish line with only a few drops of fuel left in his ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra. "It was not the winning truck," Crafton said after getting to Victory Lane. "We were definitely a second-place truck." The truck that obviously was the fastest was the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra of rookie Erik Jones . It led 151 of 167 laps and was comfortably in the lead with four laps to go. But it was also one of those trucks which ran short of fuel at the end. It wound up 11th. "It just sucks – we had by far the best truck," Jones said after the race. "We were up to an 11-second lead at one point and it's just so terrible for these guys when we bring that fast of a truck. We couldn't bring the win home and I saved as much as I could most of the run. The 19 ( Tyler Reddick ) made us run pretty hard. Being eight laps short, I don't know how the 88 (Crafton) made it. It's too bad, we'll have to bring another fast truck next weekend to Charlotte and we’ll go get a win there." RELATED: Jones dominating run goes dry Also running out of fuel while in contention for the victory in the final laps after Jones dropped out were Reddick and Daniel Suarez . The victory was the second of the season for Crafton, the defending series champion, and his second in the last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kansas . That made him the first driver to win more than once at the track located on the far west side of Kansas City. "I heard somebody say that to me before the race," Crafton, who led a total of six laps, said of the Kansas landmark win. "I said, 'Two times.'" The victory allowed Crafton to pad his points lead to 17 points over Reddick as he attempts to win a third-straight series championship. "You've got to be close enough to sneak one out once in a while," Crafton said. "I've lost some like this so every once in a while when you steal one I don't feel too bad about it." After the race, Crafton's crew chief, Carl Joyner gave credit to a particular fuel cell which he said has given his trucks better fuel mileage for some reason. Sprint Cup regular Ryan Newman , driving a truck owned by former Kansas Sprint Cup race winner Joe Nemechek and making his first truck series start since 2013, finished second. Newman was in the seat as a favor to Nemechek, who is in the process of grooming his son John Hunter for the ride. "Trying to teach John Hunter a little bit of what I've experienced on pit road, how to get everything you possibly can," Newman said. "But that wasn't my main goal. My goal was to come here and win." Johnny Sauter finished third. Rounding out the top five were veteran Timothy Peters and rookie Cameron Hayley . Jones, who won the pole earlier in the day with a lap at 179.396 mph, led the first 43 laps. For the first 30 or so laps of those, Crafton stayed close to the young driver from Michigan. But then Jones began to pull away. On Lap 38, Jones' lead over Crafton was four seconds. But on Lap 41, a caution flag waved and on the ensuing stops, Crafton beat Jones out of the pits to take the lead. On Lap 48, back came Jones to take the lead and once out in clean air again, he began to pull away. On Lap 60, his lead was 2.9 seconds. He would lose that margin – and the lead – as he was beat out of the pits after yellow flag stops that began on Lap 67 by Newman. But on the restart, he left Newman behind. By Lap 88, Jones' lead was six seconds. By Lap 105, it was over 10 seconds on Newman. On Lap 109, the caution waved again and, once again, Jones' lead was erased as he was beaten off pit road by Reddick, who was involved in a crash with his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate and started the race from the back in his backup truck. But once again the restart, Jones moved back to the front and began to move to a seemingly comfortable lead. But only seemingly. "I didn't know how short we were, but I knew the fuel window," Jones, who will make his first Sprint Cup Series start Saturday night in Kansas , said. "I knew we had to save and I couldn't give the lead up to the 19 ( Tyler Reddick ) at that point. If a caution would have come out – losing track position is so big this year, if we would have lost the lead then we would have never been able to get it back. It's just a shame. I saved as much as I could there later on and it just wasn't enough. Eight laps short, we just couldn't do it. We had a fast Tundra and it's just a shame we couldn't bring it home for these guys." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Keep tabs on the activity at Kansas Speedway This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be rounding laps at Kansas Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX Sports 1. The Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 is on Friday, May 8, at 8:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out the full weekend schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Kansas . NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard, fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here and there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series and for most XFINITY Series races with 10 HD live race views, including up to eight in-car cameras, two mosaic views, live leaderboard and interactive chat. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual videos of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio in both the Sprint Cup and select XFINITY Series races. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with Scanner (formerly RaceView Audio). On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers and series champions immediately following the checkered flag for both national series events, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jones after leading 151 laps: 'We had by far the best truck' RELATED: Jones' Cup focus lies in Kansas start alone KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- No one had a faster truck than Erik Jones in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway . But speed requires fuel, and with only a handful of laps remaining, the fuel cell in Jones' No. 4 Toyota ran dry. His lead, and a dominating performance, evaporated. "It just sucks," a disappointed Jones said afterward. "We had by far the best truck; we were up to an 11-second lead at one point. "It's just so terrible for these ( Kyle Busch Motorsports) guys when we bring that fast of a truck." Jones, who finished 11th, wasn't alone in his misery. Almost as soon as second-place Tyler Reddick moved into the top spot, his No. 19 Ford ( Brad Keselowski Racing) began to sputter. He led seven laps and had the lead from 162-164 of the 167-lap race, before he too was out of gas. Incredibly, Daniel Suarez suffered the same fate – when Reddick slowed, Suarez, also in a KBM Toyota, inherited the lead. One lap later, and just two laps from the finish, the orange No. 51 entry's tank ran dry. All of which left two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton out front, and two laps later, headed to the winner's circle. Jones, who started on the pole and will make his Sprint Cup Series debut in Saturday's SpongeBob SquarePants 400, led five times. Before his fuel problems, he lost the lead only on pit road. "No, I didn't know how short (on fuel) we were," he said. "I knew the fuel window. I knew we had to save. I couldn't give the lead up to the 19 (of Reddick) at that point, if a caution had come out (and knowing) how big track position is if we'd have lost the lead we'd never been able to get it back. "It's just a shame, I saved as much as I could there later on and it just wasn't enough." Reddick's charge to the front was almost as impressive as that of Jones. The winner at Daytona International Speedway in the series' opener, Reddick and teammate Austin Theriault both started Friday's race in backup entries after crashing during qualifying. WATCH: Teammates crash in qualifying "I wouldn't say I'm frustrated," Reddick said. "All of our guys … they went above and beyond getting our backup out in a hurry and getting the thing prepared. "Our backup truck was so good. It's a testament of how much work our guys put in at the shop and how prepared we were in case that ever happened." Playing it safe wasn't an option, according to Reddick, who finished 13th. A potential top 10 wouldn't be as satisfying as making the turn into Victory Lane. "We played it right. Well, we thought we played it right," he said. "Just a little off at the end there." Having such a strong truck wasn't much consolation for Jones, even though he said later that he'd seen wins slip away before. "Probably not that close to the end (of a race)," he said. "There have been races where I felt like we had the best car but it broke it early on. But eight laps from the finish? I guess it hurts even worse, especially when you lead as many laps as we did. "We had by far the best truck, just couldn't bring it home." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule