Sprint Cup debut

Erik Jones’ Sprint Cup debut ends prematurely in single-car wreck at Kansas


Erik Jones’ official Sprint Cup debut came to a premature ending in Saturday’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Jones, 18, spun out on Lap 196 in a single-car accident and made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall.

“Sorry guys, just lost it,” Jones said over his team radio.

Jones led one lap in the race. He was filling in for the injured Kyle Busch. Joe Gibbs Racing has not said whether Jones will have additional starts in the No. 18 Toyota Camry before Busch returns after recovering from a broken right leg and fractured left foot, suffered in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona on Feb. 21.

“I learned a lot about racing upfront and racing these guys,” Jones said later on Fox Sports 1. “I just got loose off 4 and lost it. It’s my fault. I’m ready to do another one. I hope we get a shot at it.”

In Friday’s Toyota Tundra 250 Camping World Truck Series race, he ran out of fuel with five laps remaining while leading, having dominated the race. He led 151 laps in the race, but running out of fuel left him with an 11th-place finish.

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UPDATED: Chase Elliott has rough Sprint Cup debut, back on track, 69 laps down

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UPDATE: Following repairs to his car, Chase Elliott is back on track at Martinsville Speedway, 69 laps down and scored 43rd in the field, after being involved in two wrecks between Laps 65 and 73.


Just over 60 laps into his Sprint Cup debut, Chase Elliott got a rude welcome to NASCAR’s top series.

Elliott got tangled up in a wreck, running into the rear of Brett Moffitt, causing the front end of Elliott’s NAPA Chevrolet to buckle up.

The damage created what appeared to be a right front tire rub, producing smoke.

Several laps later, Elliott also got into Cole Whitt, adding to the damage he already had.

Elliott took his car to the garage on Lap 74. He was scored in 42nd place.

His team was working on replacing on the radiator as well as the power steering pump, according to a report by Fox Sports 1.

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