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Camping World Truck Series driver Erik Jones will finally turn 18 at the end of the month – meaning he can race on some of NASCAR’s larger tracks and probably have the same luck he’s had on the smaller ones. Learn more about this young driver’s career so far in this week’s Fast Facts.
- Erik Jones was both May 30, 1996 in Byron, Michigan. He began racing quarter-midgets at age 7, and moved into stock cars at age 13. In 2010, he raced in the ASA Late Model Series, becoming the youngest winner of its Oktoberfest race at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
- In 2011, Jones took home the series championship from the Champion Racing Association’s All-Star Tour as a rookie and won the Governor’s Cup 200 late model race at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, leading every lap of the race.
- Jones became the first 15-year-old to race in the ARCA Racing Series in 2012; he raced in 10 of the series 19 races that season, finishing a season-best third at both Winchester Speedway and Berlin Raceway. He also won the prestigious Snowball Derby at Florida’s Five Flags Speedway, holding off Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch for the win.
- Busch was so impressed by Jones that he signed him to run five Camping World Truck Series races for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013. On Nov. 8, 2013, Jones became the youngest winner in NASCAR history when he won the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Speedway at 17 years, five months and eight days. Later in the year he won his second consecutive Snowball Derby.
- Jones will once again race for KBM in the Truck Series in 2014, increasing his seat time to 12 races in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra. He was also named to the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class
- Find out more about Jones at his website, www.erikjonesracing.com, and at the KBM website, www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.