NCWTS: ERIK JONES Looking to Deliver KBM its Fifth Grandfather Clock

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2015) – Coming off a successful trip to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last weekend, where they escaped unharmed with a fourth-place finish and an 18-point lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, Erik Jones and the No. 4 Toyota Tundra team now head to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Saturday’s Kroger 200. A Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver has been victorious in each of the last four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ October visits to ‘The Paperclip’ and Jones hopes that when he clocks out on Saturday he will have made it five straight for the organization.
The Truck Series championship points leader enters this weekend’s race with a streak of 11 consecutive top-10 finishes, the longest current streak in the Truck Series. After the eighth race of the season at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., Jones found himself fourth in points, 33 behind Matt Crafton. His recent run of top-10 finishes, which has included wins at Iowa Speedway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., has propelled him to the top of the championship standings, where he sits 18 points ahead of Tyler Reddick with four races remaining.
Saturday’s 200-lap event will mark Jones’ fifth career start at the .526-mile oval, the most he’s made at any track on the circuit.  He made his Truck Series debut in Martinsville as a 16-year-old in April of 2013 and came from the 19th starting position to register an impressive ninth-place finish. In his second start, he was in line for a top-five finish in the spring race in 2014 before getting turned late in the race and being relegated to an 18th-place finish. Last October, he clocked out with a fourth-place finish and earlier this year he led his first laps at the track and one-upped himself with a track-best third-place finish.
Loop Data Statistics show that like a fine Martinsville hot dog, Jones gets better with each bite. His driver rating and percentage of quality passes have improved with each start at the Virginia track and the number of times he has been passed under green-flag conditions has declined. The talented youngster is ready to keep his statistics winding clockwise on Saturday as he looks to deliver KBM its fifth grandfather clock and keep the team’s streak of October wins alive.
Erik Jones Martinsville Loop Data Statistics
Driver Rating
4/6/2013
13.264
52
60.4
0
82.6
3/30/2014
5.914
31
86.4
5
91.5
10/25/2014
8.650
23
89.5
4
100.2
3/28/2015
2.795
18
100
24
119.6
Erik Jones, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:
 
Martinsville is the track where you have the most experience at, does that give you confidence heading into this weekend?
“It’s hard to believe that Martinsville is the place where I have the most experience, because it’s a track that I feel like I struggled getting adapted to the first couple of races. The way it is laid out, it makes it a challenge for a lot of guys. The tough part is that you are hard onto the brakes into the corner, but then you have to be able to roll the center and be able to get off the corner. I feel like I’m still trying to figure it all out on my end, but each time out our Tundra has been faster and I’m getting better as well. We finished fourth there last year in the fall race and third this spring — hopefully we can improve a couple more spots and bring home a win this time around. KBM’s won the last four fall races there, it would be cool to win one of the grandfather clocks for myself and keep the team’s win streak alive.”
 
Rudy Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:
 
Do you feel like each time Erik goes back to Martinsville that he keeps improving?
“Yes — this spring was definitely his best race. We had a really competitive, top-three truck, with (Joey) Logano and (Matt) Crafton. Joey won’t be in the race Saturday, but you know that Matt’s going to be really good again. Erik’s always raced well at Martinsville, but he gets a little frustrated that it takes him longer to get up to speed there than it does most places. He keeps improving each time we go back and I’m confident that we will be right there competing for the win this time around.”
 
Erik Jones’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra:
 
KBM-24: The No. 4 Toyota Racing team will unload chassis KBM-24 for Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. This will be the fifth start of the season for the chassis. Jones most recently raced it in September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon where he qualified fourth and finished seventh. The Tundra debuted at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway last November, where Jones captured the pole and led 114 of 126 laps en route to victory in the race which was shortened due to electrical issues.
 
KBM-24 Performance Profile:
 
 Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
9/26/15
New Hampshire
Jones
4
7
175/175
5
running
6/13/15
Gateway
Jones
1
23
145/160
84
electrical
3/28/15
Martinsville
Jones
4
3
258/258
2
running
11/7/14
Phoenix
Jones
1
1
126/126
114
running
Notes of Interest:
 
Erik Jones @ Martinsville Superspeedway:
  • Has collected two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of  8.5 across four starts
Erik Jones Martinsville NCWTS Performance Profile:
Date
Start
Finish
Laps
Status
Laps Led
3/28/15
4
3
258/258
Running
2
10/25/14
15
4
200/200
Running
0
3/30/14
4
18
256/256
Running
0
4/6/13
19
9
250/250
Running
0
Erik Jones 2015:
  • After 19 NCWTS races leads the driver point standings by 18 points over Tyler Reddick and leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with 255 points
  • Has posted two wins (8/30 @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and 6/19 @ Iowa Speedway), four poles, 702 laps led, 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 19 NCWTS starts
  • Leads the NCWTS in several statistical categories, including Driver Rating (118.3), Laps Led (702), Fastest Laps Run (488), Average Starting Position (4.67), Average Mid-Race Position (3.7) Average Running Position (4.810) and Average Finish (6.3)
  • Was running inside the top 10 in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway in May before being relegated to a 40th-place finish after an accident on lap 197 (5/9/15)
  • Has accumulated two wins (4/10/15 @ Texas Motor Speedway and 6/21/15 @ Chicagoland Speedway), three poles, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes across 19 NXS starts
  • Is three-for-three in Super Late Model races, winning the Battle at Berlin 251 at Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich. (6/16/15), the Red Bud 300 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway (7/18/15) and the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway (10/11/15) 
Erik Jones NCWTS Career Stats:
Year
Races
Win
T5
T10
Pole
Laps
Led
Earnings
AvSt
AvFn
RAF
Miles
LLF
2013
5
1
2
5
0
1017
84
$91,860
13.2
6.0
5
847
5
2014
12
3
5
8
2
1789
300
$240,336
6.1
9.2
11
2030
9
2015
19
2
10
16
4
2806
702
$542,296
4.6
6.3
18
3671.7
16
Totals
36
6
17
29
6
5612
1086
$874,492
6.3
7.2
34
6548.7
30
 
Erik Jones 2014 
  • Collected three wins (Iowa Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway), two poles, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes across 12 NCWTS starts
  • Despite competing in just 12 of the 22 NCWTS events, ranked third among all drivers in laps led (300)
  • Recorded top-10 finishes in all three of his NXS starts for Joe Gibbs Racing
Erik Jones 2013 
  • His victory in the November event at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway at the time made him the youngest winner in the history of the NCWTS at 17 years, five months and nine days old
  • Became the first 16-year-old to compete in a NCWTS race since KBM owner Kyle Busch in October of 2001, went on to finish ninth in his debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and recorded top-10 finishes in all five of his series starts
  • Collected first ARCA Racing Series victory at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway and registered two top-five and three top-10 finishes across four starts
  • Became just the third driver in the 46-year-history of the prestigious Snowball Derby Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., to register back-to-back victories after outdueling KBM owner Kyle Busch for the win in 2012
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra:
  • The No. 4 team has collected two wins, four poles, 702 laps led, 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 19 starts this season and currently lead the 2015 NCWTS Owner’s Championship point standings by 18 points 
KBM NCWTS Program
  • Has collected three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championships, 44 Truck Series victories and 23 poles across 258 starts since originating in 2010
  • 44 career Truck Series victories as an organization ranks second all-time behind Roush Fenway (50)
  • 14 victories as an organization during the 2014 season broke the Truck Series record of 12 set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001
  • Seven different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 28. Erik Jones has collected six victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin produced two victories and Christopher Bell, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott all collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2015 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway
KBM NCWTS @ Martinsville Speedway
  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, three poles, 494 laps led, 11 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 7.3 across 22 starts at Martinsville
  • Denny Hamlin (2011 and 2012) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (2013 and 2014) each have two wins for KBM at ‘The Paperclip’
  • KBM has won the last four fall events at the Virginia track
  • Wallace Jr., Hamlin and owner-driver Kyle Busch have each captured one pole at the .526-mile oval
  • At least one KBM Tundra has finished inside the top three in nine of the 11 events the team has entered at the track since its inaugural season in 2010 and the team’s drivers have combined to complete a remarkable 99.9% (5039 of 5042) of the total laps 
The Fugle File:
Ryan “Rudy” Fugle will call the shots for Erik Jones’ Truck Series championship campaign in 2015. The New York native led KBM’s No. 51 Tundra team to a series-leading six wins, including Jones’ first-career victory at Phoenix International Raceway, and an Owner’s Championship as crew chief in 2013. He has eight career wins as a Truck Series crew chief, five with Kyle Busch behind the wheel and three with Jones. He also contributed to an additional 11 wins in his role as race engineer for the organization during the 2012 and 2014 seasons. Before coming to KBM, Fugle held crew chief positions in both the Truck Series and XFINITY Series with Germain Racing.
Fugle’s drivers have compiled one pole (Denny Hamlin, 10/26/13), 67 laps led, one top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.5 across four starts at Martinsville.
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota Tundra 2015 NCWTS Box Score:
 
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
Money Won
2/20
Daytona
Jones
7
2
100/100
0
running
42/2nd
$58,057
2/28
Atlanta
Jones
2
7
130/130
39
running
80/3rd
$17,112
3/28
Martinsville
Jones
4
3
258/258
2
running
122/3rd
$25,488
5/8
Kansas
Jones
1
11
166/167
151
running
157/3rd
$20,796
5/15
Charlotte
Jones
2
2
139/139
88
running
201/2nd
$36,563
5/29
Dover
Jones
2
3
200/200
50
running
243/3rd
$32,003
6/5
Texas
Jones
1
15
166/167
68
running
273/3rd
$19,165
6/13
Gateway
Jones
1
23
145/160
84
electrical
296/4th
$11,980
6/19
Iowa
Jones
1
1
200/200
112
running
344/3rd
$48,421
7/9
Kentucky
Jones
3
2
145/145
55
running
388/3rd
$48,487
7/22
Eldora
Jones
19
4
154/154
0
running
428/3rd
$18,870
8/1
Pocono
Jones
1
10
69/69
9
running
463/3rd
$18,587
8/15
Michigan
Jones
7
3
100/100
16
running
505/3rd
$26,735
8/19
Bristol
Jones
4
6
202/202
0
running
543/3rd
$16,114
8/30
Canadian Tire
Jones
2
1
64/64
19
running
590/1st
$64,245
9/19
Chicago
Jones
8
6
150/150
0
running
628/1st
$18,948
9/26
New Hampshire
Jones
4
7
175/175
5
running
666/1st
$17,116
10/3
Las Vegas
Jones
15
9
146/146
0
running
701/1st
$16,406
10/24
Talladega
Jones
3
4
98/98
6
running
742/1st
$27,203
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