Jones on career-best second-place finish

Kyle Busch looking to sweep Bristol's summer weekend for second time

Kyle Busch looking to sweep Bristol's summer weekend for second time

This race was no different.

A pattern has emerged with Kyle Busch this week at Bristol Motor Speedway. The No. 18 team led the final lap, after battling side-by-side with with the No. 42 vehicle for the final 10 laps.

Busch's win came at the expense of Jones, who is still seeking his first win on the Monster Energy Series.

Stage 2 was much of the same, Erik Jones dominating, with Busch capitalizing late in the 125 lap stage.

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With 20 laps to go, Busch got caught in lapped traffic and Jones closed the gap.

The regular-season title would give Truex a point bonus to start the first three rounds of the playoffs, and make him a heavy favorite to advance to the championship race even though the postseason has yet to begin. He will start on the outside of Row 3 next to Matt Kenseth.

Driver introductions are about to start. Busch swept all three races back in 2010 and he's two-third of the way to doing it again. He won Sunday at MI - where he beat Furniture Row teammates Jones and Martin Truex Jr. on the final restart for his third victory of the year. But for as good as Jones was in navigating traffic, getting on and off pit road, playing the bump-and-run game, he said it was just a matter of not being able to work on the vehicle one last time to challenge Busch. His vehicle became tight - and he was ready to be lapped by Erik Jones - when Ty Dillon triggered the sixth caution on Lap 354. That all I had. I was running with my tongue hanging out. I've never really been in a better place. I never feel like we're flawless. Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the guys are phenomenal. Chase Elliott (24) still leads the non-winning potential playoff contenders 69 points above the cut line.

In two weeks when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to action at Darlington Raceway, Jones will renew his attempt to earn that first career victory. He has 140 wins in the lower tiers in his racing career. The No. 77 vehicle paced the field for 260 laps, 106 more than his previous career-high in any NASCAR race. He's collected top-10 finishes in each of his last four races. Jones said his tires just got too hot the closer he got. "We had our ups and downs and led a lot of laps and didn't have quite enough at the end". We did nearly everything we needed to do and we qualified on the pole and finished second. I don't exactly know 100 percent where we are, but I know we're one of the last few spots of non-winners that are still in. We had great pit stops tonight, I don't think we ever lost a spot. Jones has found himself leading over 260 passages.

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