Friday night, in Newton Iowa, there was a huge turn of events. Erik Jones finally emerged from the shadows of bad luck and darkness!
For the last four to six weeks the young phenom young gun, Erik Jones who races for Kyle Busch Motorsports and is a developmental driver for the powerhouse organization of Joe Gibbs Racing, turned his season around with a timely victory at the Iowa Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series.
The nineteen year old driver led 112 laps of the 200 laps of the American Ethanol 200, and dominated most of the race en route to his fifth career series triumph.
Jones sped to the victory by 5.661 seconds over Brandon Jones, who notched a career-best runner-up finish.
“We’ve had fast trucks,” Jones said. “Things just haven’t been happening. Just kept fighting the good fight and waited for it to come around.”
Asked if getting the victory, which comes in a year in which he has had fast cars but bad luck, Jones said, “This one is enjoyment. I won a race on Tuesday – that was a relief – and then we came here just to have a good time and this one is just enjoyment now. It’s kind of back into the swing of things. I guess the last month was just kind of stressful all around. Stressful on me as a person and it really made me grow a lot and look at a lot of things and just figure a lot of things out at this level of racing.
“I kind of came to realize it doesn’t come as easy as everybody thinks it does. I had a lot of success early on and definitely kind of got into a hard spot where it wasn’t coming as easy and just part of this racing and part of racing at this level and just kind of had to figure it out. So, just enjoyment tonight and soaking it all in.”
It is great to see that the KBM #4 Toyota appears to have shaken off the grimlins that have plagued them over the last month and a half. This could just be the tip of the iceberg for this young driver. Jones and his team could easily have logged four or five victories already to this point in the CWTS season.
Check out the unofficial results of the American Ethanol 200.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!