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Erik Jones Will Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut at Chicagoland Speedway

June 19th, 2014 at 8:45 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Thursday 18-year-old Erik Jones announced that he will be driving three NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2014 season in the No. 20 Toyota. His debut race will be at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19th. He will also race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd and Phoenix International Raceway on November 8th.

'Erik Jones' photo (c) 2012, Mike Kalasnik - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Jones currently splits time with Kyle Busch in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Jones has driven three truck races this season with an average finish of 17.3. He was battling for the lead late in last weekend's race at Gateway Motorsports Park when he was crashed by German Quiroga.

Last season Jones became the youngest winner at 17 years of age in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when he won at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to run some Nationwide races this year with Joe Gibbs Racing," Jones said in a release. "Since I wasn't able to run a full season this year, adding to my Truck Series schedule was something I've been working hard on."

The No. 20 Nationwide Series team is currently seventh in owner points and has had five different drivers behind the wheel so far this season. Matt Kenseth has driven nine races in the car with Sam Hornish Jr, Michael McDowell, Darrell Wallace Jr, and Daniel Suarez all driving once.

Kenny Habul is scheduled to drive the car this weekend at Road America.

Jones is a NASCAR Next member and made the announcement today in an interview on SiriusXM Speedway.

Tags: Bristol Motor Speedway, Camping World Truck Series, Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Next, Phoenix International Raceway, SiriusXM Speedway

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