Young hotshot Erik Jones began his first season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series very well with a top ten finish in his Kyle Busch Motorsports ride in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Jones was running fairly well all day and even reached the top five for a while before dropping back.
Jones rise to the NCWTS began this last winter on December 2nd at Five Flags Speedway. This 16 year old driver was racing the widely renowned Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida up against some hefty competition. Such competition even included some heavy weight NASCAR drivers like Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Contender Kyle Busch, David Ragan, Nelson Piquet Jr., and resident female Nationwide Series star Johanna Long (who won in 2010). The race also played host to short track legend Austin Theriault and Ross Kenseth, son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth.
Despite the stacked competition, Jones was able to battle his way toward the lead. The young driver even had to battle Kyle Busch in the last run of the race. Jones victory turned into much more than just a trip to victory lane at Five Flags Speedway. Kyle Busch invited him to join his NCWTS team this year to join Joey Coulter and “Bubba” Darrell Wallace Jr.
All three KBM truck teams did well in the Kroger 250, especially Bubba who fought for the lead several times. Jones was able to finish more than respectively. For a first time NASCAR truck racer, you can’t expect him to go out and win the race. One things for sure, this young driver has a future ahead of him if he can continue to run like he did on Saturday.
Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JakeThompsonCU and like him on Facebook.