Jones Texas XFINITY Winner

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Erik Jones went to victory lane on Saturday in the NASCAR XFINITY Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, his 7th career win in the series. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Erik Jones took the checkered flag in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jones scored his seventh career series win and second at Texas. He dominated the day leading three times for 112 laps including the final 45.

“I think we just have to take a look at how the track changed over the race and what our car did,” said Jones, who believed his run Saturday will help his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series effort in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

“Really, we didn’t make many adjustments. They did a good job getting the car freed up for today. The track was definitely a lot tighter. It’s an awesome day to get back to Victory Lane.”

Despite the repave and reconfiguration that took place at the 1.5-mile track during the off-season, Jones was able to continue the success he’s enjoyed at Texas throughout his career.

“The first time I came here, it’s funny, it really wasn’t that good to me, but after that it just kind of clicked and I felt really good here ever since,” he said.  “The repave was really treacherous to start the weekend and this is a nice way to bounce back for myself after going to a backup the other day in the Cup car. Hopefully this is a good start for tomorrow.”

Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer rounded out the top five.

“I thought our day was really good when the car wasn’t beat up like it was at the end,” Harvick said.  “We had better speed. We were okay after the crash but for the second time out and six weeks in and everything that we have going on, putting both cars in the top-five is a huge day for us. Everybody is doing a good job. 

Bubba Wallace, William Byron, Ty Dillon, Matt Tifft and Elliott Sadler completed the first ten finishers.

Wallace, who came back from being involved in an earlier race incident, finished sixth for the fifth straight race.

“I really fought hard there and did look with about nine laps to go where I was and got it mixed up between us and the 9 and we were sixth,” he said.  “Unreal. Shout out to my guys. My pit crew was on it all day and all year. They put us in the game there on the green-flag stop. I saw we came out a couple spots ahead of the guys we were behind and I knew it would be a good day. 

Jones and Byron also won preliminary stages on Saturday.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes Easter weekend off before returning to action at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 22nd.

 

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