BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Second-year Cup Series motorist Erik Jones might be on a verge of a removing a breakthrough win during Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Jones is entrance off a fourth-place finish final week during Texas and has finished in a tip 11 5 times in 7 Cup races this season. He also has a story of using good during Bristol, earning a stick final Aug and streamer a race-high 260 laps before finishing second to stream teammate Kyle Busch.
Add in that a 21-year-old had a tip 10-lap normal in a initial use Saturday and there are a makings of a initial career Cup win.
“Winning my initial Cup competition is something that we unequivocally wish to get done,” Jones said. “I feel like if we can get one knocked out of a approach that some-more is kind of going to come with that, so we’re going to continue to pull this weekend.”
Jones won during Bristol in 2016 and 2017 in a Xfinity Series, so he positively knows his approach around a half-mile track.
“It’s good to come behind to a place where your group is fast, where you’re gentle and a automobile unloads good,” Jones said. “We’ve had a good weekend so far, we only need to keep it streamer that way.”
Things to watch during Bristol Motor Speedway:
WEATHER CONCERNS: NASCAR has altered a start of a competition to 1 p.m. EDT due to a hazard of complicated rains and thunderstorms in a area. But it might not matter as sleet is likely commencement in a morning and is approaching to final all day and good into a night.
If a competition is postponed, it will be run on Monday.
BUSCH CRASHES LATE: Kurt Busch was scheduled to start on a outward of a front row, though now is headed to a behind of a margin after a pile-up late in a final use on Saturday.
Busch was in a midst of a late run when his No. 41 got into a inside wall and suffered poignant damage. The group has left to a backup car, that means Busch will need to start during a behind of a 39-car field.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Brad Keselowski was in his trailer Friday afternoon when he listened a bark of cars using around a track. He wondered to himself, “What’s that?” It turns out nobody had sensitive Keselowski that a use event had been altered adult 30 minutes.
Keselowski hustled to his automobile and got in to expostulate a few laps.
“That was different,” he pronounced with a laugh. “I theory they altered a scheduling and we didn’t know. we found out a fun way. Better that than a race.”
It didn’t seem to harm Keselowski, who wound adult subordinate third.
HARVICK STARTS IN BACK: Kevin Harvick has won 3 Cup Series races already this year, though it won’t be easy to win a fourth during Bristol starting during a behind of a field. Harvick’s cessation pennyless in use on Friday and his automobile strike a outward wall hard. He was not hurt, though was forced to spin to a backup automobile for a residue of a weekend.
SHORT TRACK SUCCESS: The Cup Series completes a early open brief lane contingent of races with Bristol this weekend and Richmond Raceway subsequent weekend. In a past 5 years Carl Edwards has won 3 races during brief tracks, while Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch all have dual wins apiece.
KEEP AN EYE ON ROOKIES: Keep an eye on rookies Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. and William Byron, who both posted tip 10 finishes final week during Texas and demeanour to lift over that movement to Bristol.
FINAL PRACTICE: David Ragan had a fastest path in a final use Saturday, while Chase Elliott was second fastest and Denny Hamlin third.
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