Just because Kyle Busch was not behind the wheel of the Kyle Bush Motorsports (KBM) No. 51 Toyota Care Toyota does not mean that it won't end up in victory lane. Erik Jones drove the truck for KBM and captured the checkered flag in an exciting running of the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway.
"That was awesome -- we definitely drove it hard and this thing had nothing left in at the end," said Jones, who picked up KBM's first career win at Iowa Speedway. "That was a great race with Ryan (Blaney) -- great competitor and a great guy to race against. He raced me hard, race me clean and we have always showed a lot of respect to each other. Happy to get this ToyotaCare Tundra to victory lane for everyone at KBM -- the pit crew did a great job. I have to thank Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, ButlerBuilt Seats, Camping World and the fans."
Jones' pit crew helped him regain the lead after a four-tire pit stop under caution on lap 128 and then the talented driver was able to remain out front for all but one lap the rest of the way, when he got slowed by lap traffic and ended up in a three-wide battle with Ryan Blaney with 16 laps remaining.
The racing for the final few laps with Blaney proved to be some of the most exciting racing of the season as the two bounced off of each other as they plowed through traffic. Blaney was able to take the lead momentarily. One lap later Jones was back out front for good. The win gave the No. 51 team its sixth victory of the season and it was the seventh win overall for KBM in 2014.