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Erik Jones Wins O Reilly Auto Parts 300 At Texas Motor Speedway
Artist Rendering of Erik Jones Wins O Reilly Auto Parts 300 At Texas Motor Speedway

2017-11-05 Erik Jones started first as he won the pole in Fridays qualifying. Jones won stages one and two and led for 142 of the 200 lap NASCAR Xfinity Series main event.

“It’s sure been a good race track to me,” Jones said. “On the old track and the repave now. It’s just been a place I’ve enjoyed coming to. The first time I came here in a truck, I’ll never forget, I never thought I’d like the place, and ever since then it’s just kind of clicked for me.“Just excited to get back to Victory Lane. It’s been a few months since I’ve grabbed a win and the 20 guys have got a win, so happy to get them back here. They’ve brought fast cars for the last month, and we just haven’t found Victory Lane, so cool to get back here again and just happy for these guys.”

Ryan Blaney took the checkers 1.018 seconds behind Jones to secure second place.

“It just stinks we couldn’t get around him,” said Blaney. “I thought we had a shot after the green-flag stop. I thought we were way better, but we got held up a couple times by traffic. I thought we had the car to win – just a matter of trying to get in front of him, and I couldn’t pass anybody. I tried to get him loose a couple times and couldn’t do it. I about wrecked myself trying to get him loose. It’s really hard to get around anybody. Hopefully, that gets a little better for tomorrow.”

Kyle Larson managed to hold onto third place after two mistakes on pit road cost him a chance to win. Under caution on Lap 92, after the second stage, Larson drove to pit road before it opened. Finally noticing his mistake he didn’t stop for service, however Larson lost positions when he blended back in line. After a pit stop on Lap 127, Larson had to return to pit road to allow his crew to tighten a loose lug nut.

Sadler secured fourth place and took the series points lead by five over his JR Motorsports teammate William Byron, who was ninth.

My car was really good tonight,” Sadler said. “Erik and Blaney were so much better into Turns 1 and 2. They had it figured out. I’ve got to go to work before we come back here in the spring. But all in all, it was a great night for us.”

Cole Custer rounded out the top five, after overcoming from a punctured tire that quickly pushed him back from his front-row starting position

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