Making the most of a brand-new format Saturday Erik Jones dominated in the first of two heat races running the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones put the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Game Stop Toyota on the pole for the race with his No. 1 qualifying spot. Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch gave chase, but wound up racing each other for second place as Jones stretched his lead out in the final laps. Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones also secured top-5 finishes. Brendan Gaughan, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole rounded out the top 10.
“It was nice to end up where we qualified, up front,” Jones said afterward, adding that the challenge would be to hold point in the 200-lap main event scheduled to begin just before 2:00 PM ET.
The top two XFINITY Series regulars in the finishing order, Erik Jones and Allgaier, earned the chance to compete in the Dash 4 Cash in the main feature, where the top finisher of the four drivers who qualify will win a $100,000 bonus. In addition, two Dash 4 Cash bonus wins will qualify a driver for the series Chase, regardless of whether or not they reach victory lane in the actual event.
Teams were allowed to change tires after the race, but could not otherwise work on their cars during the second heat.