Erik Jones is from Michigan, but Texas has quickly become a very welcoming second home to him.
The NASCAR Cup rookie earned his second Xfinity Series win of the season at Texas Motor Speedway and his third overall in six career starts there in Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
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Ryan Blaney gave Jones a strong challenge in the closing laps, but just couldn’t quite make it to the finish line first.
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Erik Jones kept looking for speed in his Toyota Camry — and continually found it — to the point where he earned the pole for tonight’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
Jones scored the pole with a speed of 191.272 mph.
Cole Custer was second (190.101 mph), followed by Matt Tifft (189.954), Ryan Blaney (189.900) and Elliott Sadler (189.653).
Sixth through 12th were Daniel Hemric (189.567), Austin Dillon (189.474), Christopher Bell (189.301), William Byron (189.235), Kyle Larson (188.580), Brandon Jones (187.793) and Brennan Poole (187.292).
Tonight’s race starts at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBCSN.
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Kyle Larson had the hammer down in Friday’s second and final Xfinity series practice at Texas Motor Speedway.
Larson covered the 1.5-mile oval with a run of 190.631 mph, more than 2 mph faster than Ryan Blaney (188.488 mph).
Erik Jones was third (188.436), followed by William Byron (187.885) and Elliott Sadler (187.800).
Blake Koch, who was fastest in the first practice session of the day, was sixth in the final practice (187.650 mph), followed by Austin Dillon (187.591), Cole Custer (187.572), Christopher Bell (187.396) and Matt Tifft (187.350).
The session was cut short by approximately 15 minutes after Daniel Hemric spun and backed into the wall, sustaining heavy damage.
“Something in the rear end broke and that was it,” Hemric said after being checked and released from the infield medical center. “It’s not ideal by any means, but I have faith in these RCR guys (will get his back-up car competitive).”
NASCAR officials tried to clean the track to allow cars additional practice time, but time expired and NASCAR was unable to add time because the NASCAR Cup qualifying session was slated to start shortly afterward.
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Blake Koch was fastest in the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series practices this afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.
Koch covered the 1.5-mile oval at 189.347 mph, nearly 2 mph faster than second fastest, Daniel Hemric (187.461 mph).
Kyle Larson was third (187.350), followed by Erik Jones (187.207), Ryan Blaney (187.201), Austin Dillon (186.851), Ty Dillon (186.670), Elliott Sadler (186.316), Christopher Bell (186.258) and Matt Tifft (186.079).
The second practice session takes place at 5 to 5:55 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports App.
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Christopher Bell claimed his first Xfinity Series win in the Kansas Lottery 300 after passing his teammate, Erik Jones, with four laps left in the race at Kansas Speedway.
Bell only led the final four laps after Jones led 186.
Completing the top five was Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, William Byron and Justin Allgaier.
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