Texas XFINITY Season Sweep for Jones

Erik Jones

"Excited to get back to Victory Lane." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Erik Jones completed the XFINITY Series season sweep at Texas Motor Speedway when he took the checkered flag in Saturday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300.

Jones led five times for 142 of the night’s 200 laps and won the first two stages.

“Just excited to get back to Victory Lane,” Jones said. “It’s been a few months since I’ve grabbed a win and the 20 guys have got a win, so happy to get them back here. They’ve brought fast cars for the last month and we just haven’t found victory lane, so cool to get back here again and just happy for these guys.”
 
He relinquished the lead when the leaders pitted for fuel 15 laps from the finish. But Jones quickly moved his way back to the top spot and got the lead when Ty Dillon came to pit road for fuel on lap 192.

“Starting the race off, I thought we were really fast, really good, it just didn’t turn out that way,” said Jones, who became the first driver to sweep Texas since Kyle Busch in 2009. “Just excited to get back to Victory Lane. It’s been two months since I’ve got a win. They’ve brought fast cars the last month, we just couldn’t find Victory Lane.”

Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Elliott Sadler and Cole Custer, who rebounded from early race issues, rounded out the top five.

“I think we just had a flat tire at the start of the race and had to go pit but we kept our heads on straight and tried to do what we could to salvage a good day,” Custer said.

“We all did a really good job doing that, staying within our limits and get a decent finish. I think we did a good job of that and had a fast race car. I can’t really say I am too upset or too down going into Phoenix or anything. It is just two weeks in a row that we had some bad luck.”

Christopher Bell, Brennan Poole, Matt Tifft, William Byron and Austin Dillon completed the first 10 finishers.

None of the playoff drivers are locked into the Championship 4 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. At least three will earn a berth through the point standings since so far none have won a race in the third round. Elliott Sadler sits on top of the standings.

“I’m just livin’ the dream, the car was so good tonight,” Sadler said. “We have a car sitting at home just like this one and tonight was kind of a test for Homestead. It’s been a great day. We’ll take this momentum and move to Phoenix.”

Byron, Justin Allgaier and Poole round out the top four in the standings.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series now heads to Phoenix Raceway next Saturday.

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