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Erik Jones overcomes penalty to win Xfinity race at Bristol in three-lap shootout

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A speeding penalty against Erik Jones on Lap 230 wasn’t enough to keep Erik Jones from winning the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway 70 laps later.

Jones outmaneuvered Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez on a restart with three to go and raced untouched to win the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is the first repeat Xfinity winner of 2017 following his win two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s Jones’ second straight win in the spring race at Bristol.

“It’s a day kind a little bit like last year,” Jones told Fox Sports 1. “Didn’t really know if we had a winning car or not. To come back from a pit road penalty like that, especially with not much green flag racing was a lot of fun. It’s a race I won’t forget for a long time.”

Jones took the lead for the last time when he nudged Blaney out of the groove entering Turn 1 with 20 to go.

“That’s just a racing incident,” Blaney said. “I don’t have any hard feelings about it.”

Rookie Daniel Hemric won the Dash 4 Cash bonus of $100,000 by finishing fifth in the race. It’s his first career top five.

“This makes it real when you’ve got your name on it,” Hemric told FS1 as he was handed a large check. “I was hoping we could get both of them there. Starting on the bottom hurt us those last couple of restarts. All in all, such a great performance from our guys. Coming from a lap down, getting the Lucky Dog. … Every stop was a true testament to my group of guys. Can’t thank everyone enough. Hopefully this is the start of a lot of thing for us.”

Stage 1 winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 2 winner: Daniel Hemric

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WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Kyle Larson started from the pole, led 180 laps and finished seventh after rebounding from losing a right-rear tire and a commitment line violation … Elliott Sadler finished fourth for his third top five of the year and his best finish … Blake Koch and Michael Annett finished ninth and 10th respectively. Koch’s result was his first top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Ryan Reed finished 38th after his right-front tire rolled off his No. 16 Ford and sent him into the wall on Lap 80 … Brendan Gaughan crashed with 57 to go after Darrell Wallace Jr. caught his left rear exiting Turn 4. Gaughan hit the inside wall. Gaughan, who had been competing for the Dash 4 Cash bonus, finished 35th … Wallace’s day ended on the ensuing restart. Wallace spun after the field bottle-necked ahead of him and he was hit by Garrett Smithley. Both drivers were OK. Wallace finished 33rd, ending his stretch of five sixth-place finishes in a row … Cole Custer‘s damage from the restart incident ended his day in 32nd, his third finish below 30th this year.

NOTABLE: During the first rain delay, Jeremy Clements came up behind Ross Chastain to discuss their issues on the track. Clements turned Chastain around. Chastain responded by punching Clements. Clements went to the infield care center because to ice his swollen eye. He returned to race. … Ryan Blaney’s No. 22 Ford was found to be too low in the left front in post-race inspection.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think that’s three second (place finishes) this year. That’s getting old.” – Ryan Blaney, who has finished second in all three of his Xfinity start this season.

WHAT’S NEXT: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway at 12:30 p.m. ET on April 29 on Fox Sports 1

Kyle Larson earns Xfinity pole at Bristol with track record

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Kyle Larson‘s second career Xfinity pole came at Bristol Motor Speedway, the same track where he earned the first in 2014.

With a track record of 127.988 mph (14.992 seconds), Larson drove his No. 42 Chevrolet to the pole for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

It’s the first Xfinity pole for Chip Ganassi Racing since 2008.

“I know it’s cool to get a pole, but I’d like to be in the back so I could work the top in quick,” Larson told Fox Sports 1. “I thought I would be top four or five, I didn’t know if I’d have the speed to be on the pole. I though (Erik Jones) would be a lot faster than he was in qualifying … Hopefully we can get the race in today. The radar and forecast look bad but it hasn’t been racing.”

Filling out the top five is Austin Dillon, Cole Custer, Erik Jones and Justin Allgaier.

Larson has been upfront about his desire to make the high lane work while the bottom lane has been coated with VHT to make it the desired lane for drivers.

“It’s hard when you run so many cars and laps on the bottom, it put marbles up top and takes a longtime for those to get picked up,” Larson said. “Hopefully when this race starts people mid-pack to the back will try to work the top groove up some.”

Custer and Allgaier were fastest in the first and second rounds respectively.

Drivers starting outside the top 12 include Brennan Poole, Darrell Wallace Jr., Blake Koch, Elliott Sadler, Brandon Jones, points leader William Byron and Ryan Reed.

A notable qualifying effort came from Ross Chastain, who will start 11th matching his career best start from Kentucky (2015) and Dover (2016). The JD Motorsports driver, who has 79 Xfinity starts, was second fastest in the first round in his No. 4 Chevrolet.

“Here definitely, our lap times were all within a tenth of each other, so it’s driving good,” Chastain told FS1. “We worked on some long-run stuff, longer than I normally do, yesterday. Hopefully the rain holds off, that’s all we can do.”

Like Larson, Chastain said he’s tried working in the top groove.

“Unfortunately, I think we’re back to old Bristol, which was before I ever ran it,” Chastian said. “I’m probably going to get run into. You can look at this GK logo right here and it’ll probably be crumpled after the race. Hopefully my right front is too because I’m going forward.”

With the threat of rain, NASCAR has moved up the scheduled green flag for the race by 10 minutes to 1:03 p.m. ET.

Click here for the full qualifying report.

Results, stats for Xfinity race at Texas won by Erik Jones

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Erik Jones won the My Bariatric Solutions 300 Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway for his first Xfinity win of the year.

He was followed by Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer.

The Xfinity Series heads into the Easter break with six different winners in the first six races of the season.

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Erik Jones triumphs in Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway

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Erik Jones dominated the first stage and the final 100 laps to win the My Bariatric Solutions 300 in the Xfinity Series at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jones led 112 laps and took the No. 20 Toyota to victory lane for his first NASCAR win of 2017. It’s his seventh career Xfinity victory. It’s his second at Texas, where he claimed his first series win in 2015.

Jones was followed by Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer.

“The first time I came here, it’s funny, it really wasn’t that good to me, but after that it just kind of clicked, and I felt really good here ever since,” Jones said. “I tiptoed a lot there in the (early) segments and ended up letting (Blaney) catch us and pass us, but then I was just super aggressive the whole time in traffic just trying to make passes as quick as I could … and it paid off. I think we were probably a little slower than him for the last few laps – he had so many lapped cars to get around that there was no way he was going to get to us.”

Pole-sitter Joey Logano led 19 laps Saturday but didn’t finish because of a mechanical problems.

Darrell Wallace Jr. finished sixth for the fifth race in a row, giving him the second-longest streak in series history of finishing in the same spot in the top 10. Jack Ingram finished second in six straight race in 1983.

“I really fought hard there and did look with about nine laps to go where I was and got it mixed up between us and the 9 and we were sixth,” Wallace told Fox Sports. “Unreal. Shout out to my guys. My pit crew was on it all day and all year. They put us in the game there on the green-flag stop. I saw we came out a couple spots ahead of the guys we were behind and I knew it would be a good day.”

Stage 1 winner: Erik Jones

Stage 2 winner: William Byron

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WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Cole Custer was the top finishing Xfinity regular, placing fifth for his first top five of the season. … Matt Tifft finished ninth for his first top 10 of the season. … William Byron finished seventh after earning his first stage win of the season. … Daniel Suarez finished 12th after early contact with the wall and a spin two laps later.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Daniel Hemric was running in second on Lap 12 when he got loose and backed into the outside wall. He finished 32nd, 28 laps down. … Casey Mears, in his second Xfinity start of the year, finished 38th after dealing with a rear-brake problem that dropped oil on the track. … Brennan Poole finished 37th after a multicar wreck with 25 to go in Stage 2. He went to the garage for damage, which ended his day. … Joey Logano’s three-race win streak in the No. 12 car ended with a lost cylinder, which sent him to the garage with 53 laps left in the race for his first DNF of the year.

NOTABLE: Erik Jones is the sixth different winner through the first six races of the season. Jones has finished in the top five in of his five Xfinity starts at Texas.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What a blast out here today. Man, Texas is tough now. Giving up that bottom groove is like pulling teeth.” – Darrell Wallace Jr. on racing at Texas after a repave and reconfiguration.

WHAT’S NEXT: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway at 12:30 p.m. ET on April 22 on Fox Sports 1.

Darrell Wallace Jr. crashes the all-Jones party in second Xfinity practice at Texas

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Friday’s final Xfinity practice at Texas Motor Speedway looked like it would be a matter of keeping up with the Joneses – that is, until Bubba Wallace came calling.

With just two minutes left in the 55-minute session, it appeared Brandon Jones would be the fastest (188.587 mph), while Erik Jones – no relation – was right behind (187.65).

But Darrell Wallace Jr. seemed like he was shot out of a cannon on a final mock run, topping the speed charts at 188.692 mph to post the fastest lap of the session.

Cole Custer was fourth (187.507), followed by Matt Tifft (186.974), Ryan Blaney (186.845), Kevin Harvick (186.754), Joey Logano (186.657), Spencer Gallagher (186.516) and Austin Dillon (185.861).

Points leader Elliott Sadler continued to struggle, able to be only rank 21st at 183.780 mph.

There were no major incidents during the 55-minute session.

Click here for the full practice session report.

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