After the Battle at Berlin 251, Erik Jones wasn’t sure if he would be back behind the wheel of a Super Late Model this season. He decided to come to the Circle City 100 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN and that decision paid off for the Byron, MI driver.
“Yesterday I came out here and ran a handful of laps or so and the car just wasn’t what we wanted and I about decided to not race today, but thankfully my crew was able to get the car right for today and I couldn’t be happier,” Jones told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Jones started ninth in the field alongside the Edco Welding Fast Qualifier, John Hunter Nemechek, the winner of this event one year ago. Nemechek drove through the field and by lap 32 he was in control of the field. Jones followed him through the field upon a restart Jones was able to take the lead from Nemechek. Nemechek followed closely behind Jones, but his car lost power and he was forced to call it a night prematurely.
After Nemechek fell out, the lead battle brewed late in the race between former teammates, Jones and Brian Campbell.
“It was fun to be out here running that hard and racing these guys. We came up just a little short tonight, but the car was good, just a little off. I got stuck on the bottom, every single time and it was just a lot of work,” Campbell stated.
“I sure will wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow. This was a great way to start the weekend as we head over to the big track (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) for the Xfinity race,” Jones said.
Friday night’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway was Jones’ third Super Late Model race of the season. After finishing second earlier in the week at the Slinger Nationals, winning on Friday and earlier this year at Berlin, one has to wonder if Jones is thinking about doing more Late Model racing this year.
“We will be running the Kalamazoo Klash with the Super Series so that will definitely be a lot of fun. Past that, I’m not sure if we will be running any more the rest of this season,” Jones stated.
Campbell, Raphael Lessard, Todd Gilliland and Grant Quinlan completed the top five.
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-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Correspondent
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
ARCA/CRA Super Series Circle City 100
Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, Indiana
|8||7||Wes Griffith Jr|
|22||8||John Hunter Nemechek|