18-year-old driver wanted more from strong Daytona run Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Erik Jones wrapped up his 2014 Camping World Truck Series campaign with his third win of the season, putting a stomping on the field to the tune of 114 of 126 laps led in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The 18-year-old Kyle Busch Motorsports driver then finished second in Friday night's 2015 season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, making a last-lap move to position himself for -- albeit coming up just short of -- the win. Bookending seasons with an average finish of 1.5 in a pair of races? Surely, any driver would take that. However, the highly-touted NASCAR Next wheelman wasn't satisfied. "I wish we could have won the race; that's first off," Jones said on pit road following the race. "… It's unfortunate for us to finish second any day, but it's a good run for us. We just wanted to come in here and have a good day, solid day to start off the year. "Second is a great start to the season and we did what we wanted to. We came in here and didn't get wrecked and put ourselves in a position not to be making up all year." That second-place finish was looking like a certain fourth for the latter chunk of the 100-mile event, as the Brad Keselowski Racing duo of race-winner Tyler Reddick and Austin Theriault had a lock on the 1-2 spots ahead of the field. Jones said his final lap strategy was to lay back through Turns 3 and 4, hopeful that if Theriault ended up making a move on his teammate -- which is what ended up happening -- he could pull his No. 4 Toyota Tundra off both of them and attempt to make his way to the front. "It worked up to second, but just couldn't quite get to the lead," he said. Give him one more lap and there's a good chance he puts his truck in Victory Lane. Considering it was just Jones' second career restrictor-plate race, there are still lessons to be learned from finishing a position lower than he'd prefer, particularly from his experienced team owner, who has been offering his sage advice to his young padawan. "Just lots of listening. Lots of listening," Jones said. "Really talked to Kyle a lot about it last year before Talladega. Talked to him more about it here. Read a lot of data that Toyota gives us. Try to apply it all in real‑time. "I think everybody kind of knows the basics of drafting. It's not extremely complicated. It's just a matter of being able to process those during the race and being able to remember all the things you've gathered about it. Actually, I don't mind plate racing. I enjoy it. I had fun tonight. Would have had a lot more fun if we came home one position higher." You see? At all times -- Jones is focused on nothing but winning. It's the same mentality that all of NASCAR's greats shared, and one that bodes well for the future of a talented young driver that is quickly rising within the sport's ranks -- he finished 18th in Saturday's Alert Today Florida 300 XFINITY Series event. While the first win of 2015 will have to wait, it was still crucial for Jones to escape Daytona without digging himself into a points hole, something that he and his team knew could be a possibility. Instead, his momentum remains in tact and the team will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for next weekend's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 (Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "That was pretty important to us," the Michigan native said. "We talked about it for the last couple weeks. When you start off Daytona and get wrecked or whatever, say you finish 30th, it really gives you a hole to dig out of for really the next four races, even if you run those well. "It's pretty important to finish well here, just get good momentum going for your season. It's my first full‑time season." Atlanta is similarly configured to the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he picked up his second win of the year in 2014. Needless to say, he's looking forward to it. "Atlanta is going to be fun. I think our mile‑and‑a‑half program is pretty strong. It was really strong last year. I think we can probably go out and hopefully contend for a win." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See which drivers will look to compete at Phoenix Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 00 Cole Custer Gene Haas Joe Shear 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 2 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 3 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 4 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Michael Shelton 14 Toyota Zaxby's 5 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 07 Korbin Forrister Ken Smith Doug Weddle 13 Chevrolet TBA 7 08 Jimmy Weller Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 13 Chevrolet TBA 8 8 John Hunter Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota swmtx.com 9 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet GunBrokers.com 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 11 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 12 14 Austin Dillon(i) Bob Newberry John Monsam 14 Chevrolet RUUD 13 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet 811 Call Before You Dig 14 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 15 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford Reese 16 20 Gray Gaulding Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Gemini Southern / Krispy Kreme 17 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 18 23 Spencer Gallagher Maurice Gallagher Jr Harold Holly 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 19 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 20 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 21 32 Ben Rhodes Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Alpha Energy Solutions 22 233 Brandon Jones Maurice Gallagher Jr Shane Huffman 14 Chevrolet TBA 23 35 TBA Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota Eneos 24 136 Tyler Tanner Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 13 RAM Pape Murphy's Pizza/Mittler Bros Machine & Tool 25 245 Matt Tifft B J McLeod Trip Bruce III 14 Chevrolet TBA 26 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 13 Chevrolet TBA 27 51 Erik Jones Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota Dollar General 28 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 29 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 13 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 30 74 Wendell Chavous Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 13 Chevrolet TBA 31 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota NET10 Wireless 32 180 Jody Knowles Tracy Wallace Wayne Hansard 09 Ford Clayton Signs 33 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Menards/Hormell 34 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Nextant/Curb Records 35 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBD MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
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KBM driver will lead field to green in Lucas Oil 150 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1) MORE: Full race lineup Erik Jones , fresh off the announcement of a full-time Camping World Truck Series gig for 2015, set the Phoenix International Raceway qualifying record and will lead the field to green in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 . The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver led the first round with a best speed of 134.253 mph then followed that up with a blistering, record-setting clip of 135.532 mph to take the 21 Means 21 Pole Award. Jones won this race last year in just his fifth series start, becoming -- at the time -- the youngest NASCAR national series winner in history. Jones will be joined on front row by Toyota stablemate and points leader Matt Crafton , who was more than a full mph off Jones' pace at 134.399 mph. A pair of Bens will follow in Kennedy (134.218 mph) and Rhodes (134.123 mph). Austin Dillon , making a Truck Series start in the No. 14 Chevrolet, will start 12th after spinning a lap at 133.269 mph. Championship contender Ryan Blaney will start 17th after not advancing to the second and final round of qualifying. The Lucas Oil 150 starts at 8:30 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX Sports 1. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where your favorite driver will be pitting on Friday (FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET) RELATED: Full race lineup By winning the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Phoenix International Raceway , Erik Jones got the top selection for a pit stall for the race. Jones chose the pit stall closest to the pit road exit. Jones' first career NASCAR national series win came at Phoenix in this race last year. With his pit stall, Jones will have an opening in front of him to pull out of his pit box. Matt Crafton (starting second), Ben Kennedy (starting third), Ben Rhodes (starting fourth), Joey Coulter (starting fifth), Tyler Reddick (starting seventh), John Hunter Nemechek (starting eighth), Brennan Newberry (starting 11th), Austin Dillon (starting 12th) and Johnny Sauter (starting 14th) will also have the advantage of an opening in front of them on pit road. Matt Tifft chose the pit stall closest to the pit road entrance. Entering the Lucas Oil 150 , the defending series champion Crafton holds a 23-point lead over Ryan Blaney for the championship. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Get the on-track times for the weekend's NASCAR action RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET COMPLETE TV LISTINGS / BUY TICKETS FOR PHOENIX / WEEKEND TRACK EVENTS This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series head to Phoenix International Raceway. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE -- 1:00:00: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting -- 1:30:00: Drivers Introductions -- 3:02:00: Intro Presentation of Colors: Luke Air Force Base -- 3:02:20: Moment of Silence for Veterans & Invocation: Ken Bowers, PIR Chaplain -- 3:02:45: Intro National Anthem (Unfurl Large American Flag in Turn 2 by National Guard) -- 3:03:00: National Anthem: Hayley Orrantia -- 3:04:20: Fly-By TOT: (2) F-16s from Luke Air Force Base (Turn 4 to Turn 1) -- 3:09:30: Driver's, Start Your Engines: U.S. Army Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, Andrew Lotts -- 3:17:00: Green Flag: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (312 laps, 312 miles) ON TRACK -- 3 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (312 laps, 312 miles), ESPN ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 6:15 p.m.: NSCS Post Race Press Conference THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6: ON TRACK -- 3-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Get results ) -- 5:30-7 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 4:30 p.m.: Erik Jones and Kyle Busch Motorsports announcement ( Watch video ) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7: ON TRACK -- noon-1:20 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1:30-3 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 3:10-4:20 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 4:45 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 6:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2 ( Get results ) -- 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 ( 150 laps, 150 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11:15 a.m.: Kyle Larson -- 11:30 a.m.: Aric Almirola -- noon: Joey Logano -- 12:15 p.m.: Ryan Newman -- 12:30 p.m.: Matt Kenseth -- 12:45 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson -- 1 p.m.: Kevin Harvick -- 3:15 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 4:30 p.m.: Jeff Gordon -- 7:45 p.m.: NSCS Post Qualifying Press Conference, plus Brad Keselowski (if not in top three) -- 10:45 p.m.: NCWTS Post Race Press Conference GARAGECAM PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1 ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: Nationwide Series -- 1 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8: ON TRACK -- 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 2 ( Get results ) -- 12:45 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Get results ) -- 2:30-3:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 2 ( Get results ) -- 4 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans (200 laps, 200 miles), ESPN ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 6:15 p.m.: NNS Post Race Press Conference MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Second outage ends race early at Phoenix With 27 laps to go, the lights at Phoenix International Raceway went out during the Lucas Oil 150 with Erik Jones in the lead. And that outage brought a halt to the race with Jones being declared the race winner for his third win of 2014 and his fourth career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The red flag was thrown at 11:45 p.m. ET with 126 laps of the scheduled 150 laps completed in the event. The official decision to call the race came down at 11:56 p.m. ET. The delay was not the first one in the race. A power outage a bit before the race was scheduled to go green delayed the start of the race by just over 75 minutes as there was a power outage in the West Valley area near the track. The green flag for the race was scheduled to drop at 8:48 p.m. ET, but the lights went out approximately 20 minutes prior to the start. The lights came back on in full around 9:48 p.m. ET and the command to start engines was given at 9:57 p.m. ET. The green flag for the race officially dropped at 10:04 p.m. ET. At the time of the delay, the track tweeted the following: PIR has learned there is a major power outage in the West Valley. APS has multiple crews working on it. We will update as soon as possible. — Phoenix Raceway (@PhoenixRaceway) November 8, 2014 Just after 9:45 p.m. ET, NASCAR issued this update: #NASCAR update: 2 substations down, crews working, trying to reset. Expect to be done. Plan is to race tonight. @PhoenixRaceway — Kenny Bruce (@kennybruce) November 8, 2014 APS (the Arizona Public Service Co.) provides electricity for more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties. Drivers passed the time by just chatting on pit road, while some crew members were spotted tossing a football around. Jones was last year's winner at Phoenix and won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for Friday's race. It was announced on Thursday that Jones will drive full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The Phoenix race was the next-to-last race of the Camping World Truck Series season with next weekend's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway serving as the season finale. Defending series champion Matt Crafton will head to Homestead holding a 25-point lead over Ryan Blaney in the championship standings. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
17-year-old will compete in two more 2014 Camping World Truck Series races Brandon Jones is joining GMS Racing to run two more NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. Jones will pilot the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 25 as well as the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 7. Shane Huffman will serve as crew chief. "I couldn't be more excited to continue our NCWTS efforts this season with GMS Racing at Martinsville and Phoenix ," Jones said in a release. "The opportunity to start our relationship at a familiar track like Martinsville is a great benefit and I'm incredibly excited to tackle Phoenix for the first time. GMS Racing has had impressive performances this year and I can't wait to get back on track working with Shane Huffman and the entire organization." Jones has made six previous Camping World Truck Series starts in his career, including three this year, all for Turner Scott Motorsports. His best finish was a fourth-place result at Dover this past spring. Jones has made two previous starts at Martinsville and has an average finish of 17.0 at the track. The 17-year-old Atlanta native competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit this season and finished fourth in the final standings. He won his first K&N Pro Series East race at Iowa Speedway in August. Huffman served as the crew chief for most of his races on that circuit and has also been the crew chief for all three of Jones' starts this season in the Truck Series. "Everyone at GMS Racing is thrilled to welcome Brandon into the fold of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado," Nic Moncher, the general manager of GMS Racing, said in a team release. "He has shown a great deal of talent this season across every series he has competed in, and we're both looking forward to great performances together at both Martinsville and Phoenix . Brandon has all the tools you like to see in a young driver and he will be a great asset to our Truck Series program." This season, GMS Racing has fielded a full-time truck for Joey Coulter (No. 21), while Max Gresham and Spencer Gallagher have split time in the No. 23 entry. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule