Jones restarted the race in overtime from the seventh spot where he bobbed and weaved his way to the second spot when the white flag flew. Channeling his inner Cole Trickle, Jones dropped the hammer and passed the leader in turn two to setting sail to victory.
“We’re never out of this thing, that’s what I love about these guys. We keep our head in the game, we don’t get excited during these races,” Jones said. “We continue to make changes. My feedback I think was pretty good. It’s been a long two days, I feel exhausted and obviously the heat is big here. Looking forward to celebrating with these guys and it feels great to be back in victory lane.”
Harrison Burton seemed to have victory in sight, but the caution flag flew with two-laps to go in the event. On the ensuing restarts Burton had the misfortune of restarting behind competitors with old tires. The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing driver rebounded to finish third. “I thought we had them. I learned a lot watching Denny Hamlin in the Cup Series and Kevin Harvick and those guys that win the race by thinking. I showed the 22 (Austin Cindric) the fast lane and I knew it burned tires up so I stopped running it and I thought that was got me there at the end was that I saved my tires and kind of tricked him into burning his up,” Burton said. “That’s tough because I’m so proud of our race team and our race car. It just sucks. Our team deserves to win and I should have won the race on that restart anyway. I have to find a way to do that anyway. Just frustrated.”
Riley Herbst brought home a ninth-place finish and continue to pad his Xfinity Series Playoff spot as the postseason draws near.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Road American on August 10th for the first road-course race of the 2020 season. Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET on NBCSN and can be heard on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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