Jones in search of break­through win at Bristol

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - ED GODFREY’S OUTDOORS -

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.

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