Without the Snowball Derby, the Erik Jones Story might have had a different plot.
In defeating Kyle Busch in the 2012 Snowball Derby, Jones entrenched himself as a top NASCAR prospect and it propelled him into a Truck Series ride with Kyle Busch Motorsports, who he would win a second consecutive Super Bowl of Short Track for a year later.
A decade later, he’s a Cup Series regular and two-time winner at the highest level, but is now returning to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola.
Jones will drive the Fury Race Cars No. 78 operated by BJ McLeod Motorsports with Travis Braden for the Southern Super Series Twin 100s on July 23rd and 24th. Currently racing for Richard Petty Motorsports in the iconic No. 43, Jones is always looking for ways to return to his roots and found a willing partner in McLeod x Braden.
The group completed a test on Thursday are good to go for a pair of races next weekend.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Pensacola in a super late model with BJ McLeod and Travis Braden’s short track program,” said Erik Jones. “I haven’t been there (Five Flags Speedway) since the derby in 2014, so it will be fun to get back on track. Both Travis and BJ have put together a nice piece for this deal. I’ve been wanting to do more super late model races, and this felt like a great fit to keep that momentum rolling.”
July 23rd will be BJ McLeod Motorsports with Travis Braden’s first time hitting the track with their house car at 5 Flags Speedway with Jones behind the wheel in the Southern Super Series Twin 100s.
The Twin 100 weekend starts with a 100-lap race on Friday, July 23rd followed by another 100-lap race on Saturday, July 24th.
For those not able to watch the race in person, a Speed51.TV broadcast will be available to those with a monthly or yearly subscription. New subscribers can use code ERIK50 at checkout for 50 percent off a one-month subscription to Speed51.TV.