Erik Jones gets 7th Xfinity victory at repaved Texas track

Erik Jones gets 7th Xfinity victory at repaved Texas track

Through seven of 36 races, including Sunday at Fort Worth, Texas. After all, if anyone deserved the benefit of the doubt it, was the man who shares the championship record with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr., and who ranks seventh on the all-time wins list.

Hamilton started from pole position and led from beginning to end to capture the 54th race title of his career and his first of the new Formula One season. The race marked Johnson's seventh win at Texas Motor Speedway. "They've been working hard all year and they earned the win".

"Yeah, the track was a little bit better than I think I expected it to be", Larson said. "Guess I still remembered how to do it". "I didn't have any fluids so I'm not feeling the best, but we got into victory lane". What a tough track and tough conditions. He missed the remainder of the 2015 season, returned to IndyCar previous year and then capped it with a runner-up finish on "Dancing With the Stars" during the offseason. But ever since Friday at Texas, Johnson showed his might, with the only hiccup coming in qualifying, when he spun in the first round - requiring a new set of tires that sent him to the rear of the field for Sunday's start. Banking in turns one and two was decreased from 24 to 20 degrees and the racing surface at the same end of the track was widened from 60 feet to 80 feet.

"I guess I remembered how to drive and I guess this Lowes team remembered how to do it", said Johnson. "But I still think I have the keys to the front door". This year Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsport team have been plagued with bad luck, as he is still searching for his first top-ten of the year.

The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will be idle next weekend for Easter then return to work the following weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The new stage format has thrown a wrench in NASCAR that almost every team is still working on mastering.

But actually, it looks like someone else already attempted to test out the track: driver Clint Bowyer's adorable son, Cash, who won't be 3-years-old until October. Last week: Brad Keselowski became the first driver in 2017 with multiple wins, taking first in Martinsville.

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Johnson has 1,023 laps led in the Lone Star State, well ahead of Matt Kenseth's 854 that is the second-most and with one more start there.

Blaney also expressed his support of crew chief Jeremy Bullins' decision to stay on the track, with the lead, when a caution flag flew late in Stage Two, even though it meant that he eventually would have to restart in mid-pack after a pit stop.

Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1-15; R. Blaney 16-32; K. Harvick 33-36; R. Blaney 37-88; M. Truex Jr. In hindsight, Blaney said it may not have been the best decision, but it's easy to second-guess decisions after the fact. "From there, off we went", he said.

Larson just couldn't get by Logano soon enough to make a true run at passing Johnson in the closing laps. "I got cooked in the auto today". We just have to get faster.

On only the second lap of the almost 2 1/2-hour Cup practice Friday, Denny Hamlin got loose and spun through Turns 1 and 2, but was able to keep his vehicle off the wall. That was kind of the deciding factor I feel like. "I tried to hold off the 48, he was faster". Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt complained his air flow wasn't working too well in his vehicle as many drivers seemed to wilt under the Texas heat. The victory also marked the first win for Ford at The Paperclip since 2002.

What is going on with Joe Gibbs Racing? Busch should quickly gain 20-plus spots and finish among the top scorers at DraftKings.

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