Truck Series 'Young Guns' Shine in Milwaukee
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on June 8, 2014 | 9:00 P.M. EST
Both Nemechek and Jones visited A.J. Foyt Victory Lane at The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - A pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series young guns came away with victories at the historic Milwaukee Mile on Sunday during ARCA Fest.
John Hunter Nemechek started the day by taking the checkered flag in the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour JEGS 100 and then Erik Jones followed by grabbing the win in the Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150.
Jones, who turned 18 on May 30, capped off his high school graduation weekend that began Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway and ended Sunday with a visit to A.J. Foyt Victory Lane at "The Mile."
"I never had such a fun weekend," Jones said. "Not much sleep, but it definitely paid off at the end of the day picking up the win here. It's one that's been on my bucket list for the past three years, now, since they've been running it."
After starting 10th in the race following the re-draw, Jones was able to get by Chris Weinkauf on Lap 92 and then held on through a number of caution laps and restarts.
"We had a great car all day and were able to run our race," Jones said. "It took us a while to get the lead. He (Weinkauf) was really fast and we had to work hard to get around him. We made good adjustments at the break, took new tires and the car was better than it was on the first run. When we were able to take the lead, it was just a game of managing it from there. We were the best car at that point out in the clear air."
The win was the second consecutive for Kyle Busch Motorsports after the owner-driver dominated last year's race.
"I'm sure he'll be excited that his car is 2-0 here now," Jones said. "Hopefully, we can bring it back here next year."
Both Jones and Nemechek will be in Truck Series action next weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.
"I'm looking forward to it, for sure," Jones said. "It's a place that looks like it might fit my style and I think we can run the same package we ran at Phoenix (where he won last fall)."
Nemechek's win in the CRA race was his second consecutive dating back to Georgia's Watermelon Capital Speedway in January.
"It's a very special day," Nemechek said. "We're now two-for-two in the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour. It definitely feels cool to win in that car. That's been fast all weekend and today, it really showed."
After making a late pit stop at the Lap 112 break, Nemechek was able to finish fourth in the Howie Lettow 150.
"We saved our tires a little bit longer than everyone else," Nemechek said. "Everyone else pitted before us. I think we would have had a shot at Erik if there wouldn’t have been so many caution laps at the start of that segment. I didn’t have enough laps to get by those guys. I was a little bit too tight. We over-adjusted a bit."