Erik Jones sets Truck Series record with Phoenix win

Updated: November 8, 2013

Avondale, AZ ( – Erik Jones became the youngest race winner
in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series after passing Ross Chastain for the
lead in the closing laps of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix
International Raceway.

At age 17 years, 5 months and 9 days, Jones broke Chase Elliott’s record which
he set on Sept. 1 when he won the series’ inaugural race in Canada. Elliott,
the son of former NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, was 17 years, 9
months and 4 days old at the time of his first win.

Jones, who dove the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Phoenix,
pulled ahead of Chastain following a restart with nine laps to go. Both
drivers combined for a total of 147 laps led in this 150-lap race. Jones led
the most with 84. He beat Chastain to the finish line by 1.6 seconds. His
maiden truck win came in just his fifth start.

Despite a fifth-place finish, Matt Crafton did not clinch the series
championship at Phoenix, but Crafton is expected to do so in next Friday’s
season-finale at Homestead. He will clinch the title by simply starting the
race there.

Brendan Gaughan finished third, while Ty Dillon, the winner of last week’s
race at Texas, took the fourth spot.

Crafton holds a 46-point lead over Dillon, who moved up to second in the
standings. James Buescher, the defending truck champion, finished ninth and
dropped to third in points (-50).