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Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones, the youngest winner in a NASCAR National Series event after his win in the Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in November, heads to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway to defend his title as Snowball Derby champion on Sunday, December 8th. Jones will be driving the same KBM No. 51 Toyota Camry that team owner Kyle Busch drove to a second-place finish in the derby last season behind 17-year-old Jones. The No. 51 will be sponsored by Phoenix Construction.

"Words can't describe how great it would be to have my name along with Rich Bickle and Augie Grill as the few to get back-to-back wins," said Jones on the KBM website. "Last year's win was huge for my career and provided me with the opportunity to be here this year driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Having Phoenix Construction onboard this time around really means a lot. James Finch is a true racer who has done a lot for the sport over the years and has provided opportunities to a lot of talented drivers, so I'm honored to have him onboard our No. 51 Camry this weekend."

"I'm proud to be able to support a great young talent like Erik in one of the most prestigious racing events in the country," said former Cup Series team owner Finch. "He made a name for himself winning the event last year and now that he has aligned with Kyle and KBM, he is going to be tough to beat this year. I'm looking forward to cheering the No. 51 on this weekend."

Shortly after Jones’ prestigious victory, he signed with KBM for a five-race schedule in the Camping World Truck Series for 2013. Jones finished in the top 10 in every start, including his win at Phoenix.

"2013 has been a great year - we were finally able to get a win in the ARCA Racing Series and then were able to follow that up with a win in the Winchester 400 and topped the year off with the win in the Truck Series race at Phoenix,” said Jones. “If we were able to finish the year with another Derby win, I'd be just as speechless as I was last year. I really can't wait to get to the track. "

For more information on the schedule of events, visit www.5flagsspeedway.com.

Keep up with the off-season at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.

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