Opening practice leader Kasey Kahne posted top-five speed in final session RELATED: Final practice results " First practice results After posting the a speed just shy of a top-five in Friday's opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Erik Jones topped the leaderboard in the night's final session. The No. 4 driver wheeled his Kyle Busch Motorsports ride at 180.693 mph around the 1.5-mile oval. Behind Jones was NTS Motorsports' Scott Lagasse Jr. , who is in the No. 31 ride this weekend. Lagasse Jr. posted a high speed of 180.668 mph late in practice to move to the second-fastest position on the leaderboard. Jones' KBM teammate Matt Tifft was third-fastest, recording a high speed of 180.608 mph in his No. 51 Toyota. Kasey Kahne , the top performer in the opening practice session, continued to post fast lap times, using a high speed of 180.493 mph to nab the fourth spot on the leaderboard. BK Racing 's Tyler Reddick completed the top five with a high speed of 180.228 mph. After posting the 13th-fastest speed in the opening practice, reigning series champion Matt Crafton climbed the leaderboard in the second session, posting the sixth-fastest speed in the field. The trucks are back on track Friday at 5:45 p.m. ET for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway (coverage on FOX Sports 1). MORE: Complete weekend schedule for Charlotte and Iowa Practice 1 Related: Full Practice 1 results Propelling his No. 00 truck around the track at 180.258 mph, Kasey Kahne soared to the top of the leaderboard during Thursday's opening three-hour practice for the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series veteran will be making his fifth career start in the Camping World Truck Series on Friday -- his first since 2012 -- in the newly minted No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. NEMCO Motorsports' Joe Nemechek made a late run to grab the second-fastest spot on the leaderboard, wheeling his No. 8 truck at 179.856 mph around the 1.5-mile oval. Rounding out the top five were NTS Motorsports' Daniel Hemric (179.581 mph), GMS Racing's Spencer Gallagher (179.485 mph) and Kyle Busch Motorsports' Justin Boston (179.313 mph). Boston's teammate Erik Jones just missed the mark, his 179.152 mph-lap qualifying him for the sixth spot on the leaderboard. Sprint Cup veteran Brad Keselowski posted the 10th-fastest speed of 178.501 mph. The Team Penske driver will be making his second Truck Series start of the season on Friday night at Charlotte. Reigning Truck Series champion Matt Crafton wheeled his No. 88 ride around the 1.5-mile track at a high speed of 177.626 mph, qualifying him for the 13th spot on the leaderboard. Thursday's opening practice saw a pair of cautions in the first hour for debris, but no wrecks. 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
In first Sprint Cup start, driver of the No. 18 led a lap, spent time in top five RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Erik Jones turned plenty of heads in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, but a promising run was derailed after he smacked the wall on Lap 196 of the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway . Jones , running in the top five, was fending off the hard-charging -- and eventual race winner -- Jimmie Johnson , who praised the efforts of the 18-year-old over the No. 48 team radio, when the No. 18 Toyota got loose and hit the outside wall. "I just lost it," Jones said while standing next to his crew, feverishly attempting repairs. "I'd never gotten that loose all night. Just stepped out and went over the edge. I don't know why; I didn't expect it. Have to learn from it and get better. We had a good M&M's Camry up to that point. "I learned a lot. We were fast and we had good speed." Jones , subbing in for injured driver Kyle Busch , returned to the track on Lap 212, 23 laps down. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin was involved in a wreck right before he returned to the track, allowing him to finish 40th to Hamlin's 41st-place finish. Jones also led a lap; his first in the Sprint Cup Series. "It's too bad, we had such a good night going," he said. "It's just a matter of trying to get a little bit better on my end and figuring out where the limit is. Unfortunately, we found it there." It was the second straight evening in which Jones endured heartbreak. The NASCAR Next alum was enjoying a dominant run on Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 , leading 151 laps before he ran out of gas and settled for an 11th-place finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports. With a goal of a top-15 finish for Saturday, knowing that he was on pace to exceed those expectations and failed because of a mistake could rattle a driver. Yet it was clear Jones was unfazed and focused. "We had good speed. It definitely makes me confident we can go run with these guys and I'm excited for my next opportunity, whenever that is. It was a good night overall. A lot to learn and a lot to take from it." And that's exactly how Jones has to look at this opportunity. While Saturday was his first start, the Michigan native got his first taste of Sprint Cup racing a few weeks ago when he filled in for an aching Hamlin after a lengthy rain delay at Bristol Motor Speedway . Driving a Cup car at that age is a true sink-or-swim test -- just ask Joey Logano , a former JGR product -- and while Jones didn't quite stay afloat, he certainly didn't drown. "I learned a lot about racing in traffic and racing with these guys and how the air works," Jones said. "Unfortunately, I wish I could've finished it out, but we definitely had a top-10 car, it's just a shame we couldn't get the result. Not a bad night overall. We'll get a little bit better and try again." While Jones has yet to say officially if his Cup schedule extends beyond Kansas, he may have let slip a little hint that we could see him behind the wheel of the 18 when the series comes home to Charlotte the next two weeks. "We'll try to get a little better next week." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Truck Series title contender to make first Cup start next weekend RELATED: Ragan to MWR " Moffitt to pilot No. 34 at Kansas Joe Gibbs Racing officials announced that 18-year-old Erik Jones will step into the team's No. 18 Toyota for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, beginning with the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway (Saturday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "I'm pretty excited and grateful for the opportunity to drive the No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series and make my debut for Joe Gibbs Racing ," Jones said in a release provided by the team. Jones was also a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "This is a really good opportunity for me. We are going to try to manage our expectations and if we can go out and get a top-15 run and gain some experience, that would be a great day for us. I'm also excited about representing M&M's, a great longtime partner at JGR and such a well-known brand. I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the M&M's Toyota at Kansas ." For the Kansas race, Jones will run a special paint scheme highlighting M&M's support of Red Nose Day. Kyle Busch , the team's primary driver, has been sidelined since suffering a broken right leg and left foot in the season-opening XFINITY Series race in February at Daytona International Speedway . Jones is currently competing full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and has started the first eight XFINITY Series events for JGR in two separate entries (and is slated to run a ninth this weekend at Talladega). Originally scheduled to run 10 NXS races for the organization in the No. 20 Toyota, Jones was pressed into duty in the No. 54 entry for select events due to Busch's injuries. Two-time defending Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton drove for the No. 18 team in the season-opening Daytona 500 . Sprint Cup driver David Ragan has driven for the team in the past eight races, posting a top finish of fifth at Martinsville Speedway . Ragan will be in the car at Talladega this weekend for the GEICO 500 (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX). On Tuesday, it was announced that Ragan would move to the No. 55 Toyota of Michael Waltrip Racing for the remainder of the year, beginning with the Kansas race. That team also had its primary driver, Brian Vickers , sidelined earlier this year due to medical issues. Jones , a native of Byron, Michigan, has no official starts in the Sprint Cup Series, although he was pressed into service earlier this month at Bristol Motor Speedway . He relieved JGR driver Denny Hamlin early in the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer after Hamlin began suffering neck and back spasms and finished 26th. In eight NXS starts this season, Jones has one win (Texas), five top-five and five top-10 finishes. He won three straight poles at Auto Club Speedway , Texas and Bristol. He has two top-five finishes in three starts this year in the NCWTS, and is third in that series' points standings. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Teenager edges Roush pair of Wallace, Reed on leaderboard RELATED: Practice results Erik Jones topped the speed charts Friday in the lone NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Talladega Superspeedway . Jones , driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, rose to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 188.861 mph around the 2.66-mile track. The 18-year-old driver, who will make his Sprint Cup Series debut next weekend at Kansas Speedway , will be making just his 12th XFINITY start in Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300 (3 p.m. ET, FOX). Teammates Darrell Wallace Jr . and Ryan Reed tied for the second spot at 188.727 mph in a pair of Roush Fenway Racing Fords. Regan Smith , a former Talladega winner in the JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet, was fourth-best at 188.086 mph with rookie Daniel Suarez fifth at 187.621 mph in another Gibbs Toyota. Series points leader Ty Dillon clocked the 26th-fastest lap in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet. Defending race winner Elliott Sadler was 13th-best at 186.180 mph in the Roush Fenway No. 1 Ford. Chase Elliott , the defending series champion, was 15th-fastest at 185.924 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet. Boris Said was 17th-fastest driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota in place of the injured Kyle Busch . Said, an occasional NASCAR competitor primarily at road-course events, will make his first start in the XFINITY Series since 2011. The fastest laps were established early in the 2-hour, 20-minute session, when drivers grouped together in aerodynamic packs. Most of the latter stages were spent in single-car mock qualifying runs. Several teams were docked 15 minutes of practice time because of inspection infractions the week before at Richmond International Raceway . Among them were the teams for Said, Sadler, Joey Logano , Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott . Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). It will mark the first session with revised rules disbanding group qualifying at tracks where restrictor plates limit engine output. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jamie Dick to backup car after damage from lead coming off another car FINAL PRACTICE RECAP " Full practice 2 results Brian Scott led the final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway for Sunday's 3M 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) with a top speed of 133.747 mph during the 85-minute session. Brandon Jones , who topped the opening practice, was second at 133.435 mph, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr . (132.347 mph), John Wes Townley (132.314 mph) and Ben Rhodes (132.048 mph). Rhodes is making his XFINITY Series debut this weekend in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will be missing his high school graduation in Louisville, Kentucky. Defending series champion Chase Elliott was ninth in the final practice, while points leader Ty Dillon was 10th. There was a caution just past the halfway point of final practice for smoke coming from Jamie Dick 's backup car. Dick had a scary moment in the opening practice when lead came off of Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is on tap for 5:45 p.m. ET. FIRST PRACTICE RECAP " RELATED: Full practice 1 results Brandon Jones topped the opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Iowa Speedway . The 18-year-old paced the field with a fast lap of 135.676 mph during the 55-minute session. This will be Jones' first XFINITY Series start as he pilots the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Jamie Dick had to go to a backup car after lead came off Ross Chastain 's car and hit the No. 55 Chevrolet, causing significant damage to the car while a piece of metal also struck his helmet. This will be Dick's first start since being diagnosed with new on-set diabetes in March. Chastain took to Twitter to apologize for what happened to Dick's car. pic.twitter.com/sVx3nnQ2ns — Ross Chastain (@RossChastain) May 16, 2015 Chris Buescher (135.606 mph) was second, while Daniel Suarez (135.211 mph), Ty Dillon (134.938 mph) and Chase Elliott (134.225 mph) completed the top five. It was a quick turnaround for Elliott, who competed in Friday night's Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Drew Herring shook down the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Erik Jones , who will compete in Sunday's race. Herring was 11th in the session. The series' stop at the 0.875-mile track marks the first standalone event of the schedule. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Erik Jones talks about running out of fuel in the final laps of the Toyota Tundra 250 after dominating at Kansas Speedway.
Erik Jones voices his frustration about coming up short two weeks in a row in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Jones , Reddick chasing two-time defending champ in standings Five races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, the cream is still on top. Matt Crafton ’s third-place finish last Friday in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway allowed the series points leader to maintain his top spot. Crafton, driving the No. 88 for ThorSport Racing, now has 217 points on the strength of two wins, four top fives and a series-best five top-10 finishes. The 38-year-old Crafton is trying to three-peat as the Camping World Truck Series points champion. Crafton has 343 Trucks races under his fire suit, starting with the Motorola 200 at Fontana back in 2000. His first-ever win was the 2008 edition of the North Carolina Education Lottery. He has a modest seven career wins, but consistency works in his favor. He’s placed among the top 10 in his Trucks races 57.4 percent of the time (197 out of 343). Erik Jones ’ epic battle with Kasey Kahne , which included side-by-side racing for most of the final lap and a photo finish, is the type of excitement NASCAR officials — and fans — want to see. Kahne won the race by 0.005 (that’s not a typo) of a second. The No. 00 Truck failed the post-race inspection for a ride-height violation. Kahne does, however, get to keep the win. Driving the No. 4 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Jones led 88 of the 139 laps at Charlotte. Jones , who turns 19 on May 30, ranks second in the points standings. He finished 18th last year. Just two points behind Jones in the standings sits Tyler Reddick , who picked up his fourth top-five finish of the year by placing fourth last week. Driving the No. 19 Truck for Brad Keselowski Racing, Reddick already has one more top-five finish than he had in 16 starts as a rookie in 2014. The 19-year-old placed 12th in the standings last year. More than a decade removed from his rookie season in a NASCAR national series, Johnny Sauter is chasing his first-ever Truck Series title. Sauter, who turned 37 earlier this month, ranks fourth in the current standings. His best season was a second-place finish in 2011, and he placed fourth in the standings the past two years. John Wes Townley moved into the top five with a sixth-place finish at Charlotte. Townley doesn’t have a win in his 74 career starts on the circuit. He was 15th in the final 2014 standings, and his best year was an 11th-place showing in 2013. Up next for the Camping World Truck Series is the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 29 (5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Darrell Wallace Jr. topped the leaderboard in Thursday's opening session Final practice RELATED: Final practice results After posting the 10th-fastest speed in the opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Ty Dillon found a bit more momentum early in Thursday's final session, shooting to the top of the leaderboard at 181.068 mph in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing ride. Opening practice leader Darrell Wallace Jr . continued to post fast lap times, using a high speed of 181.020 mph in his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to snag the second spot on the leaderboard. Dillon's Richard Childress Racing teammate Brendan Gaughan also found speed in the final practice, his 180.995 mph-lap qualifying him for the third-fastest speed in the field. The elder Dillon -- Austin Dillon -- had posted a top-five speed earlier in the day and continued his strong run in the final session with a high speed of 180.246 mph from his No. 33 Chevrolet to grab the fourth-fastest ranking. Rounding out the top five was Ryan Blaney , whose No. 22 Team Penske Ford whirled around the 1.5-mile oval at 179.033 mph. Sprint Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne managed to find his way into the top 10 this session, recording a high speed of 177.288 mph in his No. 5 JR Motorsports ride to claim the sixth-fastest speed. Current series champion Chase Elliott managed to maintain a top-10 speed, maneuvering his No. 9 JR Motorsports ride at 177.784 mph for the final spot in the top 10. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for Saturday at 11:15 a.m. on FOX Sports 1. Practice 1 RELATED: Full practice 1 results Turning his first laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a XFINITY Series car this weekend Darrell Wallace Jr . experienced a stroke of beginner's luck on Thursday, soaring to the top of the leaderboard during opening practice for the Hisense 300 (Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate propelled his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing ride at 180.536 mph around the 1.5-mile track early in the session to snag the top spot. Just behind Wallace was Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon , who posted a high speed of 180.469 mph in his No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Dillon also will compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). Richard Childress Racing 's Brian Scott (179.778 mph), current points leader and Roush Fenway Racing 's Chris Buescher (179.772 mph) and Joe Gibbs Racing 's Erik Jones (179.521 mph) completed the top five. Reigning XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott showed plenty of momentum during opening practice, recording the seventh-fastest speed in the field (179.027 mph) in his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Like Dillon, Elliott is also performing a double-header this weekend, as he looks to make his third Sprint Cup start as a part-time rookie for Hendrick Motorsports . The track was peppered with several Sprint Cup regulars during opening practice, all of whom will be competing in Saturday's Hisense 300 . The list included Kyle Larson (eighth-fastest), Denny Hamlin (ninth-fastest), 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick (13th-fastest), Kasey Kahne (14th-fastest) and Aric Almirola (18th-fastest). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule