Kyle Busch will lead off the start of the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover
Kyle Busch holds off Matt Crafton to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Hear from Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., Brendan Gaughan, and Jeb Burton after the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.
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Ryan Blaney, Brandon Jones, and Johnny Sauter talk about their day at Dover International Speedway.
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
Parker Kligerman and others comment on racing Todd Bodine and Mother Nature in a rain-shortened race at Dover.
Cole Whitt, Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton and Kevin Harvick break down their top-five finishes at Dover.
See the schedule for when NASCAR's national series will kick off in 2015 RELATED: Buy tickets for the Daytona 500 " Buy tickets for other Daytona events Daytona International Speedway released start times Friday for its 2015 Speedweeks slate of events, including a 1 p.m. ET start for the sixth straight year for the 57th running of the crown jewel Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. The start times include no major deviations from the 2014 schedule at the 2.5-mile Florida track. The most significant change is a move for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener to 3:30 p.m. ET; last year's first event was scheduled for a 1:15 p.m. ET start. All events will be televised on the FOX family of networks. RELATED: Video preview of 2015 season IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule will get underway Jan. 24 at 2:10 p.m. ET with the 53rd Rolex 24 endurance race (FOX Sports, IMSA.com), the kickoff event for Budweiser Speedweeks. NASCAR racing activity is scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 14 with the annual Sprint Unlimited non-points event for the Sprint Cup Series, starting at 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX). The field for the Daytona 500 will be set through Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Sunday, Feb. 15 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX) and the Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races Thursday (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). This year, pole qualifying will adopt the knockout-style, group format that was used at every Sprint Cup race except the Daytona 500 last season. The two 150-mile qualifiers will be run at night for the second consecutive year. The season-opening events for all three NASCAR national series kick off Friday night with the Camping World Truck Series' NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), continue with Saturday's debut of the newly named XFINITY Series and its Alert Today Florida 300 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) and culminating with Sunday's main event, the Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Speedweeks will also offer fans a preview of portions of the Daytona Rising project, with 40,000 new seats available on the track's west side along the short chute to Turn 1. Start times for 2015 Speedweeks events at Daytona (all times Eastern) Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 24-25 -- IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 2:10 p.m. (FOX Sports and IMSA.com) Saturday, Feb. 14 -- ARCA Racing Series, Lucas Oil 200 Presented By American Real MAV TV, 4:15 p.m. (FOX Sports 1); NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, The Sprint Unlimited , 8:15 p.m. (FOX) Sunday, Feb. 15 -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying Presented By Kroger, 1:30 p.m. (FOX) Thursday, Feb. 19 -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Budweiser Duel At Daytona, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports 1) Friday, Feb. 20 -- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NextEra Energy Resources 250 , 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1) Saturday, Feb. 21 -- NASCAR XFINITY Series, Alert Today Florida 300, 3:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1) Sunday, Feb. 22 -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Daytona 500 , 1 p.m. ET (FOX). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Busch's dominant performance, which saw him lead 150 of the 200 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 , makes him this week's Mobil 1 Driver of the Race for Dover.