Jones in search of breakthrough win at Bristol
Second-year Cup Series driver Erik Jones may be on the verge of getting a breakthrough win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Jones is coming off a fourth-place finish last week at Texas and has finished in the top 11 five times in seven Cup races this season. He also has a history of running well at Bristol, earning the pole last August and leading a race-high 260 laps before finishing second to current teammate Kyle Busch.
Add in that the 21-year-old had the top 10-lap average in the first practice Saturday and there are the makings of a first career Cup win.
“Winning my first Cup race is something that I really want to get done,” Jones said. “I feel like if we can get one knocked out of the way that more is kind of going to come with that, so we’re going to continue to push this weekend.”
Jones won at Bristol in 2016 and 2017 in the Xfinity Series, so he certainly knows his way around the half-mile track.
“It’s good to come back to a place where your team is fast, where you’re comfortable and the car unloads good,” Jones said. “We’ve had a good weekend so far, we just need to keep it heading that way.”
NASCAR has moved the start of the race to 12 p.m. due to the threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms in the area. But it may not matter as rain is predicted beginning in the morning and is expected to last all day and well into the night.
If the race is postponed, it will be run on Monday.
Preece wins Xfinity race; Bell crashes
Ryan Preece won the Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway and took home the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus prize.
Norman native Christopher Bell, one of the pre-race favorites and the stage one winner, crashed just near the midway point of the race when he couldn’t avoid a collision between Vinnie Miller and Cody Ware.