With the way the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was turning laps around the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 , you'd think a certain former premier series champion was behind the wheel. Instead, it was 19-year-old Erik Jones . Filling in for the suspended Matt Kenseth , Jones -- in just his second career Sprint Cup Series start and third Sprint Cup appearance, all of which were in other drivers' cars -- spent much of the day in the top 10 in what proved to be a challenging race for some of the sport's most seasoned vets. Jones wasn't invincible to the rampant tire issues that plagued many, having a right-front go down and tearing up the nose of his Toyota Camry, but he battled back to finish 12th, a more-than-acceptable result for a driver still earning his stripes. "I wish we could have been a little stronger there at the end," Jones said on pit road after the race. "We had that right-front go down and it tore the nose up pretty good so kind of took us out of a shot at a top-10. To still come home 12th is a good day for us." Jones -- originally scheduled to run both the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series races -- had to change his Sunday plans when he learned on Thursday that Matt Kenseth had lost both appeals to get his suspension dropped and that a replacement was needed. His doubleheader quickly turned into a tripleheader, and a successful one at that. The Kyle Busch Motorsports/ Joe Gibbs Racing driver built on his points lead with a win in Friday's Truck Series race and followed it up with a fourth-place showing in Saturday's XFINITY event. Perhaps the biggest things he'll take away from the weekend, however, are the lessons learned on Sunday. "You really have to be on top of your game and if you have any mistake like we did with the right-front, it really takes you out of any shot you have to run well," said Jones. "Just staying in it and staying out front, that's the biggest thing you need to do. I thought we did a decent job of staying in the top 10 all day up to that point. Other than that, it was a good day for us." Jones, who also mentioned he's "ready to take a day off" after the busy weekend, gets to do it all again (the tripleheade that is) next weekend. Kenseth's suspension will keep him out until Homestead, thus "The Kid" will suit up once more for the Eliminator Round finale at Phoenix. Jones picked up his first career NASCAR national series victory there in 2013 at the age of 17 in the November Truck Series race, then backed it up the following year with another. With an added week of preparation with No. 20 crew chief Jason Ratcliff, the combination sets himself up for even higher expectations in his third career start. So does he feel he could win? "I'd like to think so," Jones said. "My fortune has been very good at Phoenix, it's a track I really like and actually JGR was there testing a month or two ago. I feel pretty good about it and feel going there we have a good package. "I feel confident in my ability and think that's definitely a place where we can go up and run top-10. You never know, if the weekend is going well we could probably be up front and challenge for it."
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COUNTRY 500 ANNOUNCES COMPLETE MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP! Jason Aldean Added to the List of Headliners Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Trace Adkins, Jennifer Nettles, Dwight Yoakam, Jamey Johnson and Many More Stars Coming to Daytona International Speedway Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2016 3-Day Weekend Passes, VIP Packages, Camping and Travel Packages on Sale Now! (Daytona Beach, Fla.) – November 3, 2015 – Organizers today announced the full artist lineup for the first-ever Country 500 – The Great American Music Fest at Daytona --, to be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, 28 & 29, 2016. Jason Aldean has been added to the list of previously announced headlining artists that includes Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Willie Nelson. Other country superstars on the Country 500 lineup include, Little Big Town, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Trace Adkins, Jennifer Nettles, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Ballard, Jamey Johnson and dozens more. Country 500 will take place on the infield of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway , a historic first mega-music festival inside the hallowed grounds of one of the most iconic motorsports venues in the world. Three-day weekend passes, VIP packages, camping and travel packages are on sale now through Country500.com. Fans should plan to take advantage of the special early bird pricing ($199) for 3-day weekend general admission passes. 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RELATED: Jones to drive No. 20 car at Texas FORT WORTH, Texas -- Erik Jones , the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, has plenty on his mind as his season comes to a close with Matt Crafton and Tyler Reddick bearing down on him. So why not throw a little more on the plate for the 19-year-old? With the news of Matt Kenseth 's two-race suspension being upheld after a series of appeals on Thursday at NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, Joe Gibbs Racing tabbed Jones as replacement driver for the 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion's No. 20 Toyota for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway , according to a JGR official. With a full slate of racing ahead of him -- and a championship battle to focus on -- how will the the driver handle a NASCAR triple-header? "Obviously the Truck and the XFINITY car are my main focus," the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver said Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway , ahead of a pair of NCWTS practice sessions. "That's what I know I'm doing, coming into this weekend. … Obviously I'm going to do the best that I can for them, just to keep them in contention and hopefully have a good race for them. "… Obviously we'll go into the Truck race here this weekend and try to fire off and get ourselves back and where we need to be in that series." Jones has already filled in for a pair of other JGR drivers earlier this year in Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch for his first taste of Cup action. After a lengthy rain delay at Bristol locked up Hamlin's aching neck, Jones jumped in the No. 11. When Busch was sidelined with leg injuries earlier this season, Jones piloted the No. 18 at Kansas. The results were 26th at Bristol and 40th at Kansas, after a wreck, but many came away impressed with the poise the Michigander showed behind the wheel, especially on short notice. Regardless, now that Joe Gibbs came calling this weekend, he'll be ready. "Bristol was, I think, a tough situation for everybody, never being in a Cup car all together," said Jones, who mentioned he hadn't yet spoken to No. 20 crew chief Jason Ratcliff. "I was really comfortable at Kansas; I was pretty happy with the way things were going up to the point that I lost it. "Running up in the top 10 there and being competitive and being in contention definitely gave me a lot of confidence for the next opportunity I get, whether it be this weekend or whether it be in a year or two years, whatever it may be. I definitely feel confident in myself to be able to go out and do a good job."
RELATED: Race results " Chase bubble watch MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Yes, Jeff Gordon celebrated his 93rd career victory in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway . Yes, Gordon will compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Yes, there were tears of joy in Victory Lane for Gordon, who's at the tail end of his final season in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with just three races remaining. But Sunday's race at Martinsville had so much more -- most notably, " Matt Kenseth 's Revenge." RELATED: Chase contenders involved in big wreck Long before Gordon held off Jamie McMurray in a two-lap run to the finish as darkness consumed the .526-mile short track, Kenseth ended polesitter Joey Logano 's remarkable winning streak in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by pile-driving Logano's No. 22 Team Penske Ford, which was leading the race at the time, into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 454 of 500. Kenseth's car was crippled at that point, the victim of a Lap 434 wreck that also involved the No. 2 Ford of Logano’s teammate, Brad Keselowski . But when Kenseth clipped the left rear quarter panel of Logano's Ford and slammed him into the SAFER barrier, it was retaliation for Kansas two weeks earlier, when Logano knocked Kenseth out of the way -- and effectively out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- in the closing laps of the second race of the Contender Round. Kenseth failed to advance to the Eliminator Round, which started at Martinsville on Sunday. And now Logano likewise is in dire jeopardy of seeing his dream season end before the Championship Round. "I think what happened at Kansas is a completely different deal," Logano said after a visit to the infield care center. "We were racing for the win, and he blocks you a few times, and then we raced hard and he blocked me the last time and we spun out. That's what happened there. "Here it was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team. Just a complete coward. I don't have anything else to say. It's a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over." Logano, who was bidding for his fourth straight victory, finished 37th and is eighth in the Chase standings, 28 points behind Kevin Harvick in fourth, the last transfer position into the Championship Round. It was clear from Kenseth's post-accident comments that the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota felt it was important to assert himself. "You never like to be in these situations," Kenseth said. "They really stink, to be honest with you, but sometimes you get put in these spots, and you've got to try to keep respect in the garage area. You can't get yourself ran over. "You can't get in the Chase next year and get ran over for the same reason. Like I said, hate the way it ended. Wish we were out there celebrating or having a shot for the win like we did before we got wrecked, so a disappointing day." NASCAR called Kenseth, crew chief Jason Ratcliff and team owner Joe Gibbs to the sanctioning body's transporter after the race. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said the incident will be reviewed and subsequent action, if any, will be announced later this week. None of the Kenseth-Logano drama, however, could mute the elation of Gordon, the first driver to clinch a spot in the Championship Round at Homestead. "Yeah, baby, yeah -- we go to Homestead!" Gordon screamed after crossing the finish line .335 seconds ahead of McMurray. "That was huge! That was huge! Boys, I love you guys. "That's what I was talking about. We just keep digging and fighting..." WATCH: Gordon celebrates 'sweetest, most amazing feeling' A few minutes later, in Victory Lane, Gordon couldn't resist a joke. "It was a joke. I'm coming back next year!" Gordon quipped about his impending retirement. "This is the sweetest, most amazing feeling. I am so proud of this team. You want to talk about holding back emotions; right now man, wow, we're going to Homestead! I can't believe it." Kyle Busch had a fight on his hands, too, after spinning in Turn 2 on Lap 170 and damaging the front suspension of his No. 18 Toyota during contact with the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon . But Busch rallied to come home fifth and is tied with sixth-place finisher Martin Truex Jr . for second in the Chase standings. Denny Hamlin recovered from two pit road speeding penalties to run third on Sunday, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr . Ryan Newman and Harvick and were seventh and eighth, respectively. Keselowski and Kurt Busch , victims of the same wreck that ended Kenseth's strong run, finished 32nd and 34th, respectively, and are approaching must-win status at the next two races in the Eliminator Round, at Texas and Phoenix. Notes: Before the wrecks that ruined their chances, the Team Penske cars were dominant. Logano led a race-high 207 laps. Keselowski led 143 laps, and at one juncture had built a lead of 8.9 seconds before Kyle Fowler smacked the Turn 3 wall to cause the 12th of 18 cautions. ... The victory was Gordon's first of the season and his ninth at Martinsville, breaking a tie with teammate Jimmie Johnson for most among active drivers.
MORE: Official release on decision " Kenseth suspended for two races CONCORD, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth 's suspension from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition was upheld Thursday after a final appeal. The original probation period given was amended from six months to now through Dec. 31, 2015. The ruling issued by National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss at the NASCAR Research & Development Center will keep Kenseth out of the next two races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, at Texas this weekend and Phoenix the next. Moss' decision comes after a three-member panel upheld Kenseth's behavioral penalties -- stemming from his on-track fracas with rival Joey Logano last weekend at Martinsville Speedway -- during Thursday's initial appeals hearing. Moss' ruling is final. The burden of proof rested with Kenseth for the final appeal. In the first hearing, the burden of proof was NASCAR's responsibility. Earlier Thursday, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel ruled that Kenseth did not provide sufficient evidence to overturn his suspension or six-month probation for the on-track incident. The rotating three-member panel for the initial hearing was composed of Ken Clapp, NASCAR's vice president of marketing development until his retirement in 1999; Bill Mullis, a former driver and the owner of Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.; and Dale Pinilis, longtime operator of historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The final appeal was only the third hearing overseen by Moss, a former Gulfstream Aerospace executive who joined the NASCAR appeals process last year. Moss also heard the final appeal for behavioral penalties against driver Kurt Busch in February, and the last appeal for technical penalties against Richard Childress Racing 's No. 31 team in May. Moss upheld the decision of the three-member panel in both instances. Kenseth offered a smile as he arrived at the R&D Center on Thursday morning at approximately 8:10 a.m. ET, followed minutes later by team owner Joe Gibbs for the 9 a.m. hearing. RELATED: France explains reasoning behind penalty On Tuesday, NASCAR suspended Kenseth for the next two races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs for his role in a crash with Logano in the late stages of Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway . Kenseth was also placed on probation for six months. Kenseth's Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, several laps down, made heavy contact with Logano's race-leading Team Penske No. 22 Ford, sending both cars into the Turn 1 wall. NASCAR competition officials parked Kenseth for the remainder of the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 . Kenseth, Gibbs and No. 20 crew chief Jason Ratcliff were each summoned to the NASCAR officials' hauler for post-race consultation. Kenseth was eliminated from championship eligibility during the three-race Contender Round in large part because of an on-track run-in with Logano at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 18. Contact from Logano nudged race leader Kenseth into a late-race spin, ending his bid for an automatic berth in the Chase's next round. WHAT TRANSPIRED: Kansas " Martinsville Kenseth expressed frustration at Logano's unapologetic stance after the incident, saying he "should have stopped running his mouth, A, and No. 2, he's lying when he said he didn't do it on purpose." Kenseth's irritation mounted in the two races that followed -- at Talladega, when Logano hindered his entry to pit road during a mid-race stop; and at Martinsville as Logano and teammate Brad Keselowski orchestrated their maneuvers in a series of mid-race restarts. The Penske drivers' arrangement on restarts was partially to blame for a crash with 65 laps remaining, bottling up the front-runners and snaring Kenseth, Keselowski and Kurt Busch with the most damage. Kenseth's No. 20 returned to the track after repairs, running at reduced pace before his wreck with Logano at the front of the field. Joe Gibbs Racing released a statement shortly after Tuesday's penalty was issued, saying Kenseth would appeal the severity of the punishment.
RELATED: See photos of the wreck, from the garage " Full race results MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The simmering issues between NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano reached a boiling point Sunday at Martinsville Speedway . And the result found Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota parked by NASCAR officials while Logano, winner of the last three races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , suddenly was last in points among the eight Chase contenders. "It was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team," Logano said after exiting the infield care center. "Just a complete coward. I don't have anything else to say." Kenseth, eliminated from Chase contention a week after contact with Logano at Kansas Speedway as the two battled for the lead, was already laps down and nursing a banged-up race car in Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 when he got into Logano on Lap 454 of the 500-lap race, leaving both cars crashed against the wall. RELATED: Logano bumps Kenseth " Kenseth, Logano at Kansas Logano, looking poised for a fourth straight win, was leading at the time of the incident. "It's a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over," Logano said. "We'll move on. We're going to work hard and we're going to get our car back out there hopefully. We've just got to go win." Kenseth said Sunday's incident was "definitely my fault. "I got into him," the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said. "The right front was dragging down there ... and man (I) couldn't get it to turn and collected him. "I know it's got to be disappointing for him. It's a tough sport; some days you're the bat and some days you're the ball. I was the ball a few weeks ago and I was the ball again today, so that part of it is never fun." Kenseth had suffered damage to his car before the incident on a previous restart when Logano's Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski , slid up and into the JGR entry. Kenseth's car turned hard to the left as a result, clipping fellow Chase driver Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ). NASCAR officials met with members of the No. 20 team, including crew chief Jason Ratcliff and team owner Joe Gibbs, at the conclusion of the race. WATCH: NASCAR VP discusses boundaries of 'Boys have at it' Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, wouldn't speculate on impending punishment for Kenseth's actions on the track. "We were certainly disappointed with what took place tonight on the race track," he said. "... Like we always do, there's still a lot to digest from what happened tonight. We'll do that. We'll have some additional conversations and probably come out with something, if there is anything to discuss, on Tuesday." That disappointment, he said, stemmed from the fact that the incident involved a driver not in contention for the win, one that "in fact, was many laps down," he said. "In our minds, that's a little bit different than two drivers really going after it coming out of Turn 4 for a win versus what happened tonight," O'Donnell said. Todd Gordon, Logano's crew chief, said his team would "go to Texas (the next stop on the schedule) and win. "We've done it before," he said. "We'll do it again." Asked if Kenseth crossed the line, Gordon simply said, "I've got an awesome driver in Joey Logano and an awesome team. ... They dug and we got back out, didn't take a DNF. "We did everything and continued to dig all day. We'll do that; we'll continue to dig along. We've got two more races to make this happen." POLL: What's your opinion on Kenseth vs. Logano? The crash was not the first incident of the day involving the two drivers. Earlier in the race, Kenseth tapped Logano from behind shortly after a restart on Lap 242 to move into second. Kenseth, parked by NASCAR officials following the latter crash, was credited with a 38th-place finish. Logano, who returned to the race following repairs to his No. 22 Ford, finished 37th. Keselowski said his contact with Kenseth on the restart wasn't intentional and was a result of getting hit from behind, which "pushed me into the 20." "My right-front wheel hit Kenseth's left rear and it just broke the right-front suspension off the car," he said. "The car wouldn't turn and just kept going straight until I couldn't do anything and I wrecked everybody. I just didn't have any steering wheel left." WATCH: Kenseth, Kes make contact at Martinsville Race winner Jeff Gordon , the first driver to earn a berth in the championship finale later this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway , said he saw the Kenseth/Logano accident unfold but admitted "I wasn't ready for it." "I couldn't quite see what the 22's role (Logano) played in it," he said. "As soon as I went by I thought, 'Wow, did I just see that?' "I also put myself in Matt's shoes. I could relate. I could relate to frustration getting the best of you. ... You might have some regrets later, but I understand why you make that choice at the moment." Kenseth, a five-time winner this season, won the series title in 2003, the final season before the current Chase format was brought into play. Logano has a series' leading six victories this season. "You never like to be in these situations," Kenseth said. "They really stink to be honest with you, but sometimes you get put in these spots and you've got to try to keep respect in the garage area. You can't get yourself ran over. ... "Like I said, I hated the way it ended." Logano, no doubt, did as well. There were no conversations between the two drivers following the incident. "They won't let me get to him," Logano said. MORE: Miss the race? Catch up on the Martinsville madness
RELATED: Photos of the incident, from the track to garage Any penalties handed down to Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth for his actions during Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway would likely come today. The sanctioning body typically doles out penalties on Tuesdays, and Kenseth may be in line for some punishment after he appeared to intentionally wreck Joey Logano in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 . Kenseth was multiple laps down at the time while Logano was in the race lead. NASCAR officials met with Kenseth, crew chief Jason Ratcliff and team owner Joe Gibbs following Sunday's event. "There's still a lot to digest from what happened tonight," NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said immediately after the race. "We'll do that. We'll have some additional conversations and probably come out with something, if there is anything to discuss, on Tuesday." Danica Patrick may also face a penalty for her role in a wreck with David Gilliland . Stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the day for the latest news and coverage .