SALEM, Ind. – Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones has filed an entry to compete in the upcoming CRA SpeedFest 2018 on Jan. 27-28 at Georgia’s Crisp Motorsports Park.
CRA SpeedFest 2018 will consist of a $10,000-to-win 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series super late model non-point event and a $5,000-to-win 125-lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour pro late model non-point event.
Jones will compete in the 200-lap super late model event for KBR Motorsports, the same team he won the 2017 Battle at Berlin 251 with and competed with in last year’s SpeedFest event. Jones was that events fast qualifier for the super late models and finished second in the event to winner Harrison Burton.
“SpeedFest has been that race on my list that I’ve always wanted to win, but just haven’t been able to put it all together,” said Jones. “Last year we sat on the pole, but weren’t able to capitalize and ended up finishing second. The competition is always top notch at this event and I’m hoping this year we are the ones hoisting up that trophy in victory lane.”
Jones was the 2011 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour inaugural champion. Jones’s accomplishments since that 2011 season have been astounding. After victories in the ARCA Racing Series, Jones moved to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports and was crowned the series champion in 2015.
Also in 2015, Jones won his third-straight Winchester 400, and in doing so, became the first ever to claim the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown by also winning the Redbud 300 and Battle at Berlin 251 that season. Jones also has two Snowball Derby wins and a win in New Smyrna Speedway’s famed Governor’s Cup.
Jones has seven NASCAR XFINITY Series wins and seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins to date. His 2017 season with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series included five top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes, as well as 310 laps led.
Jones is set to replace Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
CREDIT: CRA Communications