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Jones passes Dillion with 16 laps to go to get the Iowa win

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Erik Jones won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Iowa on Saturday night. The rookie took the lead from Ty Dillon in the final 16 laps to get the win in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

It’s Jones’ third win of the season — and his first since May. He led 154 of the 250 laps, which was a race-high.

NASCAR driver Erik Jones celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250
Erik Jones celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 (Photo by Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images)

“I was really working as hard as I could to get around Ty,” Jones said. “Man, it was tough. I feel like we deserved to win when (we) came here earlier this year. We really had a fast car. It’s nice to get some redemption.”

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Dillion was looking for his first win since Indianapolis in 2014. He hasn’t won a race in the past 66 contests.

Jones is the only driver with more than one Xfinity win this year. Brad Keselowski was the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver in the field.

“I wanted to win so bad and that was all we had,” Dillion said. “Man, my heart has been broken every race since Indy. I want to get in Victory Lane again. We’re close. It’s just that we need to get a little bit closer.”

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Elliott Sadler was third, while Brennan Poole and Dakoda Armstrong rounded out the Top 5.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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