Jones Remains With Nothing to Show for Recent Domination
For the third straight race in a row, @erik_jones looked to have the right strategy to head to victory lane. He had also built himself a second lead ahead of @TylerReddick with the laps counting in the race. Then, it happened. With about five laps to go, Reddick would make the pass, taking the lead and the victory.
Rather than scoring the victory, Jones would have to settle for third behind Reddick and Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate @dnlsuarez.
“We just couldn’t finish it out,” he commented post-race. “It just got tough working through the lapped traffic and had to use up a lot of tire and didn’t quite have enough left. We had a good Tundra, and we fought hard all day.”
Running in the back half of the top-10, crew chief Rudy Fugle made the decision to put two tires on Jones’ truck with about 25 laps to go. In contrast, the rest of the leaders took four tires. Jones feels that call was the deciding factor as it made him too free for the end of the race, and he couldn’t hang on to the truck.
“I feel terrible for these guys,” he added. “I did all I could, just too bad. We had a good Tundra, and it’s a good points day.”
While he didn’t reach victory lane, it does mark Jones’ second straight top-three finish and fourth top-five of the season. He also hasn’t finished outside of the top 11 in the six races thus far, currently seating him third in points.
Though while solid points days are nice, wins are even better.
“We came pretty close – we’ll win one soon and keep getting better every week,” he said. “It was a good points day and we’ll just keep moving along.”
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