A pair of teammates had a slight misunderstanding on track during last weeks Casey’s General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway.
Sunrise Ford’s Jagger Jones, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, and Irwindale winner Trevor Huddleston touched briefly off Turn 4, sending Jones’ No. 6 Sunrise Ford/XYO/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford spinning through the infield.
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Post-race, the two had talked it out and were “all good,” chatting in the hauler, still hydrating in their firesuits. Both drivers agreed that although unfortunate, it was a racing circumstance and nothing more.
“I’d call it a little bit more than a little bit (of contact). I kind of drove right through him,” Huddleston told NASCAR.com. “We’re both racing hard. We kind of made some hay there with two restarts to go and were both battling for position. I drove him not like a teammate. I got loose and into him. There was nothing Jagger could do. I almost thought he was going to save it, that would’ve been pretty impressive, but all in all, we came home, car straight, Jagger didn’t get in the wall either, we can build off this and go to the next big track in Gateway here in a couple weeks.”
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Jones, who has only two finishes outside the top 10 in his eight-race K&N Pro Series career, agreed with his teammate, but also defended him, saying the contact was completely accidental.
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“I know Trevor didn’t mean to get into me there,” Jones said. “It was super hard to pass on the bottom. It seemed like you’d feel good, start coming up the track and you’d either shove the nose or get loose. I felt the same thing trying to pass people.”
As an organization, Sunrise Ford ran inside the top 10 for most of the 150-lap event, but never challenged inside the top five or for the victory.
“We ran alright,” Jones said. “Were decent the first 50 laps and then (crew chief Bill Sedgwick) made a pretty good call to stay out on track and really found some more speed with track position and following some guys. After the second break when we put new tires on, we didn’t have the speed on new tires. We kind of fell back a little and when we came again, we made it better but we were so far back there was no way to pass all those cars.”
Huddleston and Jones will look to get back on track in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by ENEOS at Evergreen Speedway on August 17.