NCWTS: ERIK JONES Rising Star Ready to Shine Big and Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 3, 2015) – Erik Jones enters Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) at Fort Worth with a 10-point lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship standings. The 19-year-old will be looking to hold off a challenge from two-time reigning champion Matt Crafton and fellow teenager Tyler Reddick over the final three races to deliver Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) its first-ever driver’s title and become the youngest champion in series history.
Jones and the No. 4 Toyota Tundra team know that if you are going to a tussle deep in the heart of Texas that you better bring your best, so they will be unloading a chassis that has won seven times in 11 career starts, including a victory with owner-driver Kyle Busch in last year’s WinStar World Casino 350 at TMS. Busch was victorious with KBM-021 in its debut at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. in September of 2013 and also collected a victory with the Tundra at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November of 2013.
Including his win at TMS last fall, Busch piloted the Toyota to victory four times in 2014; Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and Chicagoland Speedway. Jones got in on the action with ‘Blackjack’ last September at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, when he picked up his first win on a mile-and-half track. Not only does the truck end up out front, it can usually be found up front, having led a combined 658 laps across its 11 career starts. With seven career wins, the chassis is one win from tying KBM-007 for most wins in the team fleet. ‘007’ has eight career victories across 21 starts.
The last time that KBM-21 saw action was earlier this season with Jones in the June race at TMS.  The Michigan native captured the pole and led 68 of the first 84 laps before electrical charging issues relegated him to a 15th-place finish.
Jones enters this weekend’s race with a streak of 12 consecutive top-10 finishes, the longest current streak in the Truck Series. After the eighth race of the season at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., the talented youngster found himself fourth in points, 33 behind Matt Crafton. His recent run of top-10 finishes, which has included wins at Iowa Speedway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., has propelled him to the top of the championship standings, where he sits 10 points ahead of Crafton with three races remaining.
With a strong Tundra underneath him for Friday night’s 147-lap shootout, the rising star is ready to shine big and bright deep in the heart of Texas as he continues his quest to corral KBM’s first-ever Driver’s Championship.
Erik Jones, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:
 
How high is your confidence heading to Texas this weekend?
“I think my confidence is pretty high – we’ve been fast in everything we’ve gone there in from the XFINITY car the first time and then the truck being the first time there. We were really fast and then ended up having a part failure. I think that anytime you can have that kind of speed when you go somewhere and then when you go back you look forward to going. I have no doubt that we’ll be just as fast, we had a little bit of struggle in the first race there in practice and then we were fine in the race so hopefully we can get some of those issues sorted out and start out a little stronger in practice. We’ll see how it goes, but definitely looking forward to Texas.”
Erik Jones’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra:     
 
KBM-021: The No. 4 Toyota Tundra team will unload chassis KBM-021 for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth.  The last time the Toyota saw the track, Jones captured the pole and led 68 of the first 84 laps in the June race at TMS before electrical charging issues relegated him to a 15th-place finish. The Tundra has won seven times in 11 career starts, including Jones’ first career mile-and-a-half victory at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last September and Kyle Busch’s win in last year’s WinStar World Casino 350 at TMS.
 
KBM-021 Performance Profile:
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
6/5/15
Texas
Jones
1
15
166/167
68
running
5/15/15
Charlotte
Jones
2
2
139/139
88
Running
10/31/14
Texas
Ky. Busch
2
1
152/152
80
Running
9/27/14
Las Vegas
Jones
13
1
146/146
19
Running
9/13/14
Chicago
Ky. Busch
7
1
150/150
66
Running
6/26/14
Kentucky
Ky. Busch
1
1
150/150
91
Running
6/6/14
Texas
Jones
5
11
166/167
0
Running
5/16/14
Charlotte
Ky. Busch
1
1
134/134
130
Running
11/15/13
Homestead
Ky. Busch
12
1
148/148
62
Running
11/1/13
Texas
Ky. Busch
11
28
96/147
2
Engine
9/13/13
Chicago
Ky. Busch
7
1
150/150
52
Running
 
Notes of Interest:
 
Erik Jones @ Texas:
  • Captured the pole and led 68 of the first 84 laps in the June race at TMS before electrical charging issues relegated him to a 15th-place finish
  • Making his first career NASCAR national series start on a mile-and-a-half track, qualified fifth and finished 11th in last year’s NCWTS WinStar World Casino 400 (6/6/14)
  • In April, captured the pole and led 79 laps en route to his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory (4/10/15) 
Erik Jones 2015:
  • After 20 NCWTS races leads the driver point standings by 10 points over Matt Crafton and leads Daniel Hemric by 72 points in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • Has posted two wins (8/30 @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and 6/19 @ Iowa Speedway), four poles, 702 laps led, 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 20 NCWTS starts
  • Leads the NCWTS in several statistical categories, including Driver Rating (116.7), Laps Led (702), Fastest Laps Run (490), Average Starting Position (4.8), Average Mid-Race Position (4.0) Average Running Position (5.089) and Average Finish (6.5)
  • Was running inside the top 10 in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway in May before being relegated to a 40th-place finish after an accident on lap 197 (5/9/15)
  • Has accumulated two wins (4/10/15 @ Texas Motor Speedway and 6/21/15 @ Chicagoland Speedway), three poles, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes across 19 NXS starts
  • Is three-for-three in Super Late Model races, winning the Battle at Berlin 251 at Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich. (6/16/15), the Red Bud 300 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway (7/18/15) and the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway (10/11/15) 
Erik Jones NCWTS Career Stats:
Year
Races
Win
T5
T10
Pole
Laps
Led
Earnings
AvSt
AvFn
RAF
Miles
LLF
2013
5
1
2
5
0
1017
84
$91,860
13.2
6.0
5
847
5
2014
12
3
5
8
2
1789
300
$240,336
6.1
9.2
11
2030
9
2015
20
2
10
17
4
3006
702
$558,085
4.8
6.5
19
3776.9
17
Totals
37
6
17
30
6
5812
1086
$890,281
6.3
7.3
35
6653.9
31
 
Erik Jones 2014
  • Collected three wins (Iowa Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway), two poles, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes across 12 NCWTS starts
  • Despite competing in just 12 of the 22 NCWTS events, ranked third among all drivers in laps led (300)
  • Recorded top-10 finishes in all three of his NXS starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

Erik Jones 2013

  • His victory in the November event at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway at the time made him the youngest winner in the history of the NCWTS at 17 years, five months and nine days old
  • Became the first 16-year-old to compete in a NCWTS race since KBM owner Kyle Busch in October of 2001, went on to finish ninth in his debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and recorded top-10 finishes in all five of his series starts
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra:
  • The No. 4 team has collected two wins, four poles, 702 laps led, 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 20 starts this season and currently lead the 2015 NCWTS Owner’s Championship point standings by 10 points 
KBM NCWTS Program
  • Has collected three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championships, 44 Truck Series victories and 23 poles across 261 starts since originating in 2010
  • 44 career Truck Series victories as an organization ranks second all-time behind Roush Fenway (50)
  • 14 victories as an organization during the 2014 season broke the Truck Series record of 12 set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001
  • Seven different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 28. Erik Jones has collected six victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin produced two victories and Christopher Bell, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott all collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2015 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway
KBM NCWTS @ Texas Motor Speedway
  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, one pole, 288 laps led, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.2 across 20 starts in the Lone Star State
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected both of his team’s wins at the 1.5-mile track, including a victory in the November race last year
  • Erik Jones captured KBM’s first pole at Texas in the June race this season 
The Fugle File:
Ryan “Rudy” Fugle will call the shots for Erik Jones’ Truck Series championship campaign in 2015. The New York native led KBM’s No. 51 Tundra team to a series-leading six wins, including Jones’ first-career victory at Phoenix International Raceway, and an Owner’s Championship as crew chief in 2013. He has eight career wins as a Truck Series crew chief, five with Kyle Busch behind the wheel and three with Jones. He also contributed to an additional 11 wins in his role as race engineer for the organization during the 2012 and 2014 seasons. Before coming to KBM, Fugle held crew chief positions in both the Truck Series and XFINITY Series with Germain Racing.
Fugle’s Truck Series drivers have compiled one pole,  one top-10 finish, 70 laps led and an average finish of 19.8 across four starts at Texas.
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota Tundra 2015 NCWTS Box Score:
 
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
Money Won
2/20
Daytona
Jones
7
2
100/100
0
running
42/2nd
$58,057
2/28
Atlanta
Jones
2
7
130/130
39
running
80/3rd
$17,112
3/28
Martinsville
Jones
4
3
258/258
2
running
122/3rd
$25,488
5/8
Kansas
Jones
1
11
166/167
151
running
157/3rd
$20,796
5/15
Charlotte
Jones
2
2
139/139
88
running
201/2nd
$36,563
5/29
Dover
Jones
2
3
200/200
50
running
243/3rd
$32,003
6/5
Texas
Jones
1
15
166/167
68
running
273/3rd
$19,165
6/13
Gateway
Jones
1
23
145/160
84
electrical
296/4th
$11,980
6/19
Iowa
Jones
1
1
200/200
112
running
344/3rd
$48,421
7/9
Kentucky
Jones
3
2
145/145
55
running
388/3rd
$48,487
7/22
Eldora
Jones
19
4
154/154
0
running
428/3rd
$18,870
8/1
Pocono
Jones
1
10
69/69
9
running
463/3rd
$18,587
8/15
Michigan
Jones
7
3
100/100
16
running
505/3rd
$26,735
8/19
Bristol
Jones
4
6
202/202
0
running
543/3rd
$16,114
8/30
Canadian Tire
Jones
2
1
64/64
19
running
590/1st
$64,245
9/19
Chicago
Jones
8
6
150/150
0
running
628/1st
$18,948
9/26
New Hampshire
Jones
4
7
175/175
5
running
666/1st
$17,116
10/3
Las Vegas
Jones
15
9
146/146
0
running
701/1st
$16,406
10/24
Talladega
Jones
3
4
98/98
6
running
742/1st
$27,203
10/31
Martinsville
Jones
8
10
200/200
0
running
776/1st
$15,789
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