The Camping World Truck Series joins forces with the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, with the Truck Series WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 going green on Friday night, June 6th and the Firestone 600 for the IndyCars on Saturday night, June 7th. Kyle Busch Motorsports welcomes Erik Jones, freshly turned 18, back to the driver’s seat of the No. 51 Hiring Our Heroes/ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra for his first career Truck Series race on an intermediate track, with “veteran” KBM driver Darrell Wallace Jr. back behind the wheel of the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra and hoping to find victory lane at Texas.
Jones will be missing his high school graduation ceremony to race at TMS Friday night, so track president Eddie Gossage will bring the ceremony to Jones – he’ll walk across the stage during driver introductions in his cap and gown, and Gossage will present him with his diploma. After that, the real fun starts for Jones, who will race for the first time on a 1.5-mile track.
“Racing on my first mile-and-a-half track is something I have been looking forward too for a long time now,” said Jones on the KBM website. “It was great that NASCAR opened up the age to 16 for the Truck Series on short tracks, but still the main goal is to get on these big tracks. That’s where the bulk of the schedule is, so I think it’s something that every driver looks forward to. Kyle and this No. 51 team have had a lot of success on the mile-and-a-half tracks already this year, so I hope to go out and keep that streak alive. As a racer I always put my expectations high and I feel very confident about the truck going into Texas. I think we have a shot to run in the top five, and contend for the win.”
Wallace Jr. had finishes of sixth and seventh last year at TMS racing for KBM, and looks to continue his strong runs this season.
“I’m ready to get to Texas this weekend and pick up where we left off last season,” said Wallace Jr. “We had strong Toyota Tundra’s for both Truck races last season, and I know this season will be no different. We are looking to get things turned around after a few bad races and I know, as a team, we are focused and determined more than ever. Jerry (Baxter) and the guys have worked really hard to give me the best Tundra possible, so now I need to go out and get a strong, solid finish.”
The Camping World Truck Series qualifies for the WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 on Friday at 4:10 p.m. CT, with the race going green at 8 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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