The NASCAR Camping World Truck series hit the track in Iowa for the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. Erik Jones captured the second win of his career behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Care Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
Long time coming
Jones might have had another win in the season a few races ago at Gateway Motorsports Park outside of St. Louis. Jones was leading towards the end of the race but a wreck took him out of contention for the win. In March Jones was a fixture in the top five for much of the race but a late spin ended hopes for a win at Martinsville.
While those races seemed to be far behind the 18-year old driver as he celebrated his Iowa victory he’s still well aware that every start counts. That’s especially true when you’re sharing a ride with Kyle Busch during the season:
"You really want to try to make your mark every time you get in (the truck)," Jones said.
"It's a tough industry and when you get in and you get turned around or something like that, it's just really a bummer and it kind of takes that week and you have to throw it away. When you only get so many opportunities, it makes it really hard as a young guy."
The only damper on the evening came during the ritual ost-race inspection. The news was not good as early word from NASCAR officials determined that the No. 51 truck was too low in the rear. NASCAR officials stated that any possible penalties or fines will be determined early next week.
Earlier in the year the No. 51 Toyota was pegged for the same infraction. It was found to be too low in the front following the win at Kentucky two weeks ago when team owner Kyle Busch was behind the wheel. In a strange twist Busch’s brother Kurt Busch was docked points and his crew chief fined following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona last week for a track bar infraction.
For the Kentucky infraction, following the Camping World Series race, NASCAR took away six points in the series' team owner championship standings from Kyle Busch Motorsports. The penalty was officially stated as being for violating a minimum ride height rule. In addition Busch’s crew chief Eric Phillips was issued a $5,000 fine for the infraction.
Jones is set to run a 12-race schedule with KBM in the Camping World Truck series swapping time in the seat with his boss; Kyle Busch. If the number of the truck seems familiar as a winner that’s because Kyle has brought it home to victory lane in the series five times. Jones’s victory makes six wins for KBM in the No. 51 and another win by KBM teammate Darrel “Bubba” Wallace Jr. earlier in the year.