(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 28, 2012) - Sixteen-year-old Erik Jones finished fourth in Sunday's Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway, his fourth top-five this year.
"It was a good day," said Jones (No. 55 Paragon Corvette Reproductions Chevrolet). "We just fought tight in the center all day, and loose off. We made good adjustments and definitely improved it, but just not enough. We've been tight in the center two weeks in a row now, so we need to work on that. Everybody on the team did a great job all weekend, waiting around in the rain."
Jones' last race this year will be at Salem Speedway, where he earned his first ARCA top-five back in April.
"I'm looking forward to that," he said. "It's a track I've been to now in an ARCA car. That's going to be the only time we get to do that this year. We're going to go back there with the car I raced in the spring and ran fifth with. That was my first top-five and I hope we can capitalize there and get a win."
Tires, Grip the Difference for King: Clint King (No. 15 Speedrack Products Group/Warehouse Design Chevrolet) led six laps in the Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200, but taking four tires before most other drivers did him in at the end. He finished fifth.
"We were really good with four tires while everybody else had two," King said. "That's why we were able to drive up to second and lead there a little bit. When we had to come back down pit road, everybody put on four and we only had our two left. We just lost the grip in it, but survived. This is a good short track race; I just hate that we couldn't do anything there at the end. I just had my hands full. We'll work on it and get better."
King turned 17 Sunday in his return to the site of his ARCA debut, which came on his 16th birthday last year. He joined James Hylton, 78, in celebrating birthdays at the track. Sunday's race was King's last in the 2012 ARCA season.
"That was a pretty decent one to end it on," he said. "We'll come back twice as strong."
Season High for Williams: Josh Williams has stated that his primary goal for 2012 is to finish in the top 10 in points, and finishes like he had Sunday are the surest way to lock down such a position. Williams finished seventh at Madison International Speedway, his best result this year.
Elliott Keeps Top-10 Streak Going: Chase Elliott (No. 9 Aaron's Dream Machine/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet) finished eighth in the Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200, his fifth top-10 in five ARCA Racing Series starts this year. Elliott will conclude his ARCA campaign at Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 15. He finished fourth there in April.
Career Highs for Several: Three drivers who finished in the top 20 also earned career-best results at Madison International Speedway Sunday. Aleks Gregory (No. 61 The Mosquito Patch Chevrolet) led the way in 13th, one spot ahead of Brad Lloyd (No. 68 Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery Ford). James Swanson (No. 06 Wayne Peterson Ford) was 18th.