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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2017

Erik Jones captured the checkered flag Saturday in the 2017 My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s the first victory of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season for the driver of the No. 20 Toyota.

Ryan Blaney finished second as the only other contender within 20 seconds of Jones at the end. Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Cole Custer rounded out the top five.

The race featured 11 lead changes, involving seven different leaders, and six cautions.

Let’s check out a complete list of the top finishers from the season’s sixth race:

2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series: My Bariatric Solutions 300
1 Erik Jones 20
2 Ryan Blaney 22
3 Kevin Harvick 41
4 Austin Dillon 2
5 Cole Custer 00
6 Darrell Wallace Jr. 6
7 William Byron 9
8 Ty Dillon 3
9 Matt Tifft 19
10 Elliott Sadler 1
NASCAR.com

And here’s a look at the updated Xfinity Series standings:

2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series: Point Leaders After Race 6
1 Elliott Sadler 1 225
2 William Byron 9 -6
3 Ryan Reed 16 -42
4 Darrell Wallace Jr. 6 -49
5 Justin Allgaier 7 -51
6 Matt Tifft 19 -86
7 Daniel Hemric 21 -89
8 Brennan Poole 48 -91
9 Michael Annett 5 -95
10 Blake Koch 11 -95
NASCAR.com

The challenges of attempting to conquer a newly repaved Texas Motor Speedway were on full display during the opening phase of the race. Multiple drivers fell out of line around the first two turns, which underwent additional changes to decrease the banking, and lost several spots in the process.

Avery Hage had a flashback to 15 years ago after watching the early action:


Jones was among the drivers to suffer an early setback. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie dropped out of the top five for a brief time after starting second, but he made a steady climb back up the leaderboard and took over the top spot to win the first stage of the race.

NASCAR Xfinity highlighted the No. 20 machine taking the lead as Joey Logano lost grip around Turn 2:


The second turn remained an issue throughout stage No. 2, with half of the phase’s four cautions happening in that corner of the track. It will be interesting to see whether that carries over to the Cup Series and how much of a benefit taking part in the Xfinity race provides for Cup regulars.

Meanwhile, Xfinity rookie William Byron used some pit strategy to win the stage. JR Motorsports spotlighted the decision-making process:


The final stage finally brought some extended racing under the green flag, including a complete cycle of pit stops. The longer the run went on, the more Jones started to pull away from the pack after regaining the lead with just under 50 laps to go.

His lead eventually swelled to over three seconds, and without a late caution to bring the field back together, he cruised to the finish line for his seventh career Xfinity win.

Kaitlyn Vincie of Fox Sports 1 provided an interesting tidbit about the triumph:


NASCAR Xfinity spotlighted his celebration:


Fox Sports NASCAR passed along post-race reaction from Jones:


Looking ahead, the Xfinity Series is off next weekend for the second time in three weeks. It returns to action Saturday, April 22, for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

The series will return to Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4 for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, which is part of the playoffs’ round of eight.

 

All race statistics courtesy of NASCAR’s official website.



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