MICHIGAN (August 10, 2013) -- While Erik Jones had been close a couple times,
he had yet to win an ARCA Racing Series event.
That is until Saturday's Primera Plastics 200
race at Berlin Raceway when the 17-year-old driver led 154 of 200 race laps en
route to his first ever series win.
Twenty-six cars were on hand for qualifying
prior to the start of the night's main event.
Mason Mitchell set a new track record in
qualifying circling the .4375-mile track in 16.781 seconds (93.963 mph). It was
the young driver's first career pole award.
Erik Jones was second in qualifying with a lap
of 16.828 seconds (93.701 mph) in the #15 Toyota.
The race featured four leaders among three
Leaders during the 200-lap event included; Mason
Mitchell 1-42 (42 laps), Erik Jones 43-71, 76-200 (154 laps) and Bobby Gerhart
72-75 (4 laps).
According to the race winner, the key to the
race was his crew chief's call to take two tires at their first pit stop and then
put on four fresh tires on their second pit stop.
Jones led the final 125 laps to capture the win.
He crossed the finish line 1.363 seconds ahead of Mason Mingus.
The Byron, MI driver becomes the 11th different
winner in the 14 ARCA races contested to date.
Mingus was followed to the finish line by Frank
Kimmel in third with Austin Wayne Self and Mason Mitchell in fourth and fifth,
The race took just one hour and 14 minutes to
complete while being slowed four times for caution periods for a total of 21
With his third place finish, Frank Kimmel
continues to hold a sizable lead in the driver standings (195 points) over
second place finisher Mason Mingus heading into the final seven races of the
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is proud to be the exclusive tire
provider for the ARCA Racing Series.
The Hoosier Tire service team at Berlin
included; David Wroblewski, Kevin
Wroblewski, Chad Wright, Mike Haenes, engineer Rick
Tostevin and intern Eric Hansen.
The ARCA Racing Series returns to action this
Sunday on the 1-mile clay oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Allen
Crowe Memorial 100 race.
To learn more about Erik Jones' first career win
and the ARCA Racing Series please visit www.arcaracing.com.