Jones Continues Toyota’s CWTS Hot Streak
NEWTON, Iowa – Lapped traffic didn’t stop Erik Jones from his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on Friday at Iowa Speedway.
Slower trucks didn’t make things easier for Jones late in the American Ethanol 200, but Jones handled the traffic and held off Ryan Blaney to score Toyota’s 11th consecutive Truck Series victory.
Blaney finished second after getting beside Jones when the pair went three-wide with lapped trucks with less than 15 laps to go. The two made contact, but Jones’ No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry won the battle and pulled away.
“He raced me hard, raced me clean,” Jones said. “I thought we showed a lot of respect for each other. It was intense.”
Points leader Matt Crafton – the only non-KBM driver to win a race in 2014 – finished third, followed by Joey Coulter and German Quiroga.
Coulter believed his top-five result showed how much his No. 21 GMS Racing Chevy team has improved since February, when he finished 32nd in the season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
“We’ve been getting better and better every week,” Coulter said. “We haven’t put everything together, but (Friday) we did.”
Ben Kennedy, Jeff Choquette, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top 10.
Veterans Ron Hornaday Jr. and Timothy Peters got together early in the race and eliminated each other from contending for victory. Peters wound up 31st, dropping him to seventh in points, while Hornaday limped to a 21st-place result.
Blaney, who used slower trucks to make a run on Jones as the race wound down, lamented how close his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford came to snapping Toyota’s win streak.
Toyota hasn’t lost a CTWS race since November 2013.
“I was so tight when I got close to (Jones), it was hard to go anywhere,” Blaney said. “Props to the guys at BKR to get so much better from practice to the race. We’ve got to get a Ford back in Victory Lane.”