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There was virtually no surprise in the press release that came out of Joe Gibbs Racing regarding their young gun, Erik Jones’, near term usage. There has been rumors flying rampantly in the garage over the past several weeks specualting what he would be doing for the foreseeable near future.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Erik Jones will fill in for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starting at Kansas Speedway on May 9, 2015. This will mark the 18-year-old Byron, Michigan native’s first official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.
“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. 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.”
At Kansas, Jones will be running a special paint scheme highlighting M&M’S support of Red Nose Day on the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota.
Mars is proud to be a partner of Red Nose Day, a major charitable event that will be held on May 21, 2015. The M&M’S Brand is one of the world’s most beloved chocolate candies and a leader in colorful fun, so it’s a natural fit to leverage the M&M’S brand and humor to help raise money through this partnership. M&M’S is bringing Red Nose Day to NASCAR for the first time at Kansas and May 15 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Jones currently runs full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).
With three races complete in the 2015 NCWTS season, Jones sits third in the point standings, six points out of the lead, on the heels of two top-five and three top-10 finishes to start the season. In just 20-career starts in the series, Jones has earned four wins! That is winning percentage of 20%, quite an accomplishment!
Meanwhile, Jones has competed in eight XFINITY in 2015 logging one win, three poles, and five top 5 finishes in both the No. 20 and No. 54 JGR Toyotas.
Keep your eyes on this young gun!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!