MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Erik Jones apparently impressed Kyle Busch when he held off the Sprint Cup veteran to win the 2012 running of the Snowball Derby at Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced the addition 16-year-old Jones to its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series roster today. Jones will make his NASCAR debut driving the No. 51 Toyota at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 6 as part of a five-race schedule for KBM in 2013.
“I’ve been around Erik a few times running late models — he’s a good kid and a good driver, so we’re excited to be adding him to the crop of young talent we’ve assembled at KBM this season,” Busch said. “He did a nice job practicing my late model at Nashville last year for the All-American 400 and then he raced me hard and clean in the closing laps of the Snowball Derby to win that race. Doing those types of things is how you get recognized in this sport.”
“Kyle is a driver that I have always looked up to and have a lot of respect for, so to be able to make my Truck Series debut in one of his Tundras is something I would have never imagined,” Jones said. “This is definitely the biggest opportunity of my career. I’ve always wanted to drive in NASCAR, so I am really looking forward to getting on the track in Martinsville in a few weeks and being able to evaluate where I stand against the great mix of veterans and young talent that the Truck Series offers.”