Erik Jones traveled 765 motorsports miles to get a sweep of NASCAR’s two featured races this weekend. After winning Friday’s American Ethanol 200 in the Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway, Jones journeyed some 290 miles east to Chicagoland Speedway, where he won Sunday’s rain-delayed Owens Corning AttiCat 300 X-FINITY Series race.
Jones led more than half of the total laps run in the two events, including ninety-four trips around the mile-and-a-half Chicagoland Speedway oval on Sunday to claim his second career X-FINITY Series win – both of which have come this season. Jones muscled his way past race leader Ryan Blaney following the day’s final restart and kept his Number-54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in front over the final eleven laps – beating runner-up Blaney to the checkered flag by two seconds.
Pole-sitter Austin Dillon finished third with Brendan Gaughan and points leader Chris Buescher completing the top five. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but rain moved it to Sunday afternoon. Blaney turned in a gritty performance after starting at the rear of the field. He wrecked in qualifying on Saturday, forcing Team Penske to a backup car. Blaney started hustling his Number-22 Ford toward the front of the field at the drop of the green flag and had his first lead at Lap-71 of the two hundred-lap race. He led four times for forty-three laps in a bid for his first victory of the season, including thirty-five laps down the stretch before yielding to Jones’ winning pass.
The top five drivers in the standings all held their positions with Buescher now carrying a twenty-nine-point lead over Ty Dillon, who finished ninth on Sunday.