Erik Jones was ready to relax on his couch in North Carolina and watch some Sprint Cup racing Sunday. That didn’t happen. Just as the 18-year old driver for Joe Gibbs Racing was thinking about taking a nap thanks to a rain delay, he got a call that would change his life.
A few miles to the north in Bristol Tennessee the Sprint Cup series had completed 22 laps before persistent rains forced a red flag. The race start had already been delayed an hour and fifteen minutes, but NASCAR had an opportunity to get the race underway. The rains came again however and forced a stoppage. Not long after the cars were parked JGR driver Denny Hamlin complained that he was having neck spasms. The team began to scramble as it looked more and more like Hamlin wouldn’t be able to continue the race once the rains ended.
“I got a text from one of the crew members and they let me know that I might need to be on standby,” Jones said. “Right then I started packing a bag. I called my dad and said, ‘Hey, I think I might be getting to run a Cup race tonight.’ He was like, ‘Okay, cool keep me updated.’” MORE>>>