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Erik Jones to Run 10 XFINITY Races for Joe Gibbs Racing

Erik Jones will have a full plate in 2015. Besides running the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series slate with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra, the 18-year-old will run at least 10 events in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Running the No. 20 Toyota, Jones the four-time Truck Series winner will compete for JGR following three top 10s in his first three starts in NASCAR’s second-tier division. GameStop, which is entering its eighth season with the organization, will sponsor the car starting at the season-opener at Daytona.

“As a gamer, I’ve always followed the cars GameStop puts on the track each year,” Jones said in a press release. “It’s so cool that they change their paint scheme for every race, and they’ve featured many of my favorite games. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to combine my love for gaming with my career as a NASCAR driver. I know we’ll be competitive each week with the GameStop Toyota, and I’m confident we’ll be able to get us a win, or a few, this season.”

In 17 career Truck Series starts, Jones has recorded seven top 5s and 13 top 10s, including 384 laps led, which is approximately 15 percent of the laps he has completed. He will be working with Mike Wheeler, who subbed in as the crew chief for Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for six events in 2014 when Darian Grubb was suspended for a rules infraction.

“We’re thrilled to have Erik Jones back in the No. 20 Camry this season in the Xfinity Series,” said JD Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Erik is a great addition to our program and will be a great representative of GameStop.”

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