Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones ended his race at Gateway Motorsports Park in the wall, but his teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. ended his night in victory lane, winning the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at the 1.25-mile oval. Wallace Jr. beat German Quiroga, who was involved in Jones’ accident, to the checkered flag Saturday night in the No. 54 Made In America Toyota Tundra.
Wallace Jr. started on the outside pole and quickly took the lead for the first 62 laps; pit road issues on his first stop, however, put the 20-year-old one lap down. Shortly after returning to the track, the yellow came out, allowing Wallace Jr .the opportunity to take the wave around and return to the lead lap. He raced back into the top five by Lap 87, and battled in the later stages of the race with Jones. Wallace Jr. led three times for 85 laps.
“That was wild at the end. Erik (Jones) and I were so fast all race,” said Wallace Jr. on the KBM website. “Kyle (Busch) was not in the race tonight, but he dominated all race. Huge, huge shout out to ToyotaCare, this Made In America Toyota Tundra was on a roll tonight. We got into a little trouble on our first pit stop, but a little adversity never hurts anybody and we came through. If this doesn’t make you want to go out and buy a Toyota Tundra, I don’t know what does. So proud of my guys, they worked their tail off. I was iffy about this track coming into the weekend, but that was a lot of fun. Big thanks to Toyota, ToyotaCare, Coca-Cola, Alpinestars, and everybody involved.”
Jones, who started third in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra, was battling Wallace Jr. for the lead with just eight laps to go. After clearing his teammate for the lead, Jones bobbled coming out of Turn 2, and Quiroga made contact, sending Jones spinning into the inside retaining wall. Jones was credited with a 23rd-place finish.
"We had really fast ToyotaCare Tundra tonight and once we got the lead I thought we had things well in hand - unfortunately we got dumped," said Jones. "I got just a little free, but we got hit right in the left rear by the 77 truck and got turned around. The guys gave me a great truck and I feel like we should've been in victory lane. Congratulations to my teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. on picking up the win for KBM and Toyota."
Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday Jr. rounded out the top five at Gateway.
KBM owner Kyle Busch returns to the driver’s seat of the No. 51 Dollar General Tundra at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, June 26th, with Wallace Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 54. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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