Sprint Cup races whet Erik Jones appetite

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 14: Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 14:  Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI – AUGUST 14: Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Beyond planning to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing next year, 19-year-old phenom Erik Jones doesn’t have any specifics about his 2016 deal.

But two trips in a Sprint Cup Series car—the first in a relief role for Denny Hamlin at Bristol, the second as a sub for injured Kyle Busch at Kansas—have heightened Jones’ eagerness to drive in NASCAR’s top series.

“JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) is working on a lot of things–a lot of things I honestly don’t know,” said Jones, who is competing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title this year. “I’m kind of waiting to see how the rest of the year progresses.

“I do know that I’ll be racing XFINITY next year, but I don’t know sponsor, number or any kind of information like that. No plans this year (for additional Sprint Cup races), but I hope I get another shot soon. It was fun.”

Jones is currently third in the Truck Series points standings, trailing leader Tyler Reddick by 16 points and two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton by five.

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