Erik Jones celebrates in victory lane at Phoenix Raceway after winning Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
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The youth movement in NASCAR is here, and Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race was proof the next generation of NASCAR talent is ready to make their mark on the sport.
Erik Jones and Ross Chastain dominated the night's action, leading a combined 147 of the 150 laps, with Jones scoring the win, his first in NASCAR competition.
"It's all I ever wanted, to be a winner in NASCAR," Jones told FOX Sports 1 in victory lane.
Not only is he now a winner in NASCAR, he is the sport's youngest winner in the three national touring series -- Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series -- at 17 years, five months and nine days. Jones beat the previous record held by Chase Elliott when he won earlier this season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park at 17 years, nine months and four days.
NEWTON, IA - SEPT. 07: James Buescher, driver of the No. 31 Motomaster Eliminator Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fan Appreciation 200 at the Iowa Speedway on Sept. 7, 2013 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Sometimes in racing, all it takes fresh tires and a fast ride to be successful.
That's exactly what James Buescher had on his side in the closing laps of Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.
Holding off pole-sitter Ross Chastain, Buescher earned his second win in four races and closed the gap on points leader Matt Crafton.
Sunday's inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park was rather tame throughout the day, but it certainly didn't end that way. In fact, late race antics and disagreements led to one of the most bizarre post-race scenes in NASCAR history.
Here at Shake and Bake, we thought UFC 165 had just broken out and the fight card looked a little like this:
Ty Dillon vs. Chase Elliott
Dillon led the most laps (25) Sunday and held a two truck length lead over Elliott coming to the white flag, but concern over fuel mileage would impede his progress. The slight fuel hiccup allowed Elliott to pull side-by-side with Dillon coming down Mario Andretti Straight and through turns eight and nine, setting up a dramatic final turn.
Elliott plowed into Dillon's truck and went on to score his first career NASCAR Trucks victory. The contact sent Dillon hard into the outside tire barriers, relegating him to a 17th place finish.
After the race, Dillon confronted Elliott to express his displeasure. No punches were thrown, but it's safe to say that no love was lost.
James Buescher vs. German Quiroga
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Once a driver straps on his/her helmet and buckles in, they can often become very narrow-minded. That about sums up Quiroga's day at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
James Buescher worked his way past Kyle Busch with three to go and held on to score his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season at Michigan International Speedway.
Buescher worked his way up front late in the race and was able to take advantage of Busch and Brendan Gaughan battling side-by-side for the lead. Buescher dove to the inside and made it stick, passing both drivers to claim the top spot in Saturday's Michigan National Guard 200.
"Once you get a run on somebody, you just have to be committed," Buescher said. "It's a tough style of racing, but you see the opportunity to go from third to first in one corner, you need to take it."
Buescher's newborn baby, Stetson, joined him in victory lane for the celebration. It's safe to say they were both pumped up about the big win.
"His first time at the racetrack, we got Stetson in victory lane. Proud papa right now." Buescher said.
To promote next month's Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, Justin Allgaier and James Buescher did the only logical thing ... hopped on tricycles for a two-lap shootout at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines.
The legendary alt-country rocker Mojo Nixon grew up in Danville, Va., some 30 miles east and south of Martinsville Speedway. With a population of about 43,000, Danville is more than three times the size of the city of Martinsville.
But so slow was the pace of life in Danville, that Nixon once — well, OK, more than once — said, “I grew up in a little town in Virginia and there were only two things to do. Get drunk and drive around, or drive around and get drunk.”
Certainly, Shake and Bake would never suggest drinking and driving are activities that go together — far from it, in fact — but Nixon’s quip does give one a sense of the leisurely pace of life that still pervades certain sections of the rural, small-town Southeast.
Want some excitement instead?
Travel to Martinsville and you’ll find some entertainment in the form of mixed martial arts. And, yeah, you guessed it: The first rule about the Martinsville Fight Club? You don’t talk about the Martinsville Fight Club.
So instead of talking about the Martinsville Fight Club — since you don’t talk about — let’s talk about some of the famous on-track fights at Martinsville Speedway. The close quarters of the 0.526-mile Martinsville paperclip of a track get tempers rising quickly. Here are some personal favorites.
TONY STEWART vs. KENNY IRWIN, 1999 — The two former USAC rivals had at it, with Irwin dumping Stewart, who under caution tried to punch Irwin through the window. A classic moment of men behaving badly.
CARL EDWARDS vs. MATT KENSETH, 2007 — While SPEED’s Bob Dillner was interviewing Kenseth after a race, his then-teammate Carl Edwards walked up to Kenseth, pushed him away, got up in his grill and cocked a fist as if he were going to punch him. Must have been a lively team meeting at Roush Fenway Racing the next day.
BRIAN VICKERS vs. THE FIELD, 2011 — Ever have one of those days when nothing, but nothing, goes right? Brian Vickers did in 2011, when he was involved in no less than five cautions at Martinsville. Just wasn’t his day.
TODD BODINE vs. JAMES BUESCHER, 2011 — The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series always puts on a great show at Martinsville, but the truckers frequently get physical in the process. Such was the case when Todd Bodine and James Buescher had a couple of disagreements two years ago.
CLINT BOWYER vs. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, 2012 — Just as Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were getting ready to decide who would give car owner Rick Hendrick his 200th Sprint Cup victory, Clint Bowyer made a spectacularly ill-advised move to go three wide on a green-white-checkered finish. It did not end well.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.