DES MOINES, Iowa — Erik Jones has discovered that driving the No. 51 truck isn’t nearly as easy as Kyle Busch makes it look.
Last weekend, Jones finally pushed through the adversity that had dogged him all season with a run that showed why Busch and others are so high on his potential.
Jones led 131 of the 200 laps in a NASCAR trucks race at Iowa Speedway on Friday and cruised to his first victory of 2014 and the sixth for Busch’s No. 51 team.
The win came at a perfect time for the 18-year-old Jones, who will make his NASCAR Nationwide debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
“It was definitely a great win in a lot of ways for everybody over here at (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and for myself just to get some momentum going. Hopefully we can carry it into this next weekend and keep going on the Nationwide side of things,” Jones said.
Busch has set a nearly impossible standard for Jones to match by winning all five of his trucks starts in 2014.
DIXON HOPES FOR BREAKTHROUGH IN TORONTO: Scott Dixon is running out of races to become a championship threat.
He’s been in this spot before.
The three-time IndyCar champ might be at the right track to prove it’s still too early to count him out for a fourth title.
Coming off a victory at Pocono, Dixon still wasn’t thinking about a championship when he arrived at Toronto last year. The next two races changed everything. The 33-year-old Kiwi swept the Toronto doubleheader, then won again at Houston and clinched his third title at Fontana.
Dixon enters this year’s doubleheader in a familiar place, well behind his rivals in the points race but one podium sweep from vaulting himself into contention.
“It’s always possible, but we’re definitely in a bit of a deep hole right now,” Dixon said Friday.