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Team Interstate: Impressive Debut, Heartbreaking Finish

May 10th, 2015 by
Erik Jones wheels his damaged No. 18 car in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Saturday night. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones wheels his damaged No. 18 car in the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Saturday night. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

18-year-old Erik Jones turned a lot of heads in his Sprint Cup Series debut Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. Unfortunately, a late-race wreck ruined what was an impressive night.

Erik qualified his No. 18 M&M’s Red Nose Day/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in the 12th position. After losing several spots in the first green-flag run due to technical issues with his radio, he quickly made up lost positions with guidance from spotter Tony Hirschman.

Erik was scored 11th when NASCAR issued a red flag at lap 98 for inclement weather. After a two-hour rain delay, racing resumed and Erik began his charge into the top 10.

He was running fourth on lap 196 when he lost control of his car and spun, making heavy contact with the wall. The team worked fast in the garage to make repairs, and Jones was able to return to the track on lap 221. He finished the race 40th, 25 laps down.

“I just lost it, and it’s too bad,” Erik said.  “I had such a good night going. We had a fast M&M’s Red Nose Day Camry, and it’s just a matter of trying to get a little better on my end and figuring out where the limit is. Unfortunately, we found it there and we’ll try to get a little better and see if we can get another shot in this thing.”

Erik’s Team Interstate colleagues Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin finished sixth, 20th and 41st, respectively.

Jimmie Johnson won the SpongeBob SquarePants 400.

Erik Jones and Team Interstate's results from Kansas.

This Week:

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Charlotte Motor Speedway (Non-points Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race)
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series – Iowa Speedway (Erik Jones will drive the No. 20 Interstate All Battery Center Toyota)
  • Lucas Oil Pro Motocross – Sacramento, Calif.
By James Pecht (177 Posts)

James Pecht writes about franchising, battery technology, tips, racing and company culture for Interstate Batteries.


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