Jones expressed gratitude to the fans of sprint-car racing.
“Sprint car fans are some of the most loyal race fans you’ll find. I can’t thank them enough for the support and motivation they’ve given me over the past decade-and-a-half. Just being able to drive a sprint car was always my dream. Having the opportunity to race in front of so many people and build such a loyal, supportive fan base has truly been one of the best parts of my career. Even those fans that didn’t want me to win or finish well, they’re as loyal as you can get when it comes to sprint car racing. It’s those people who will pass our love of the sport on to the next generation.”
Jones joined TSR in 2006 where he piloted the team’s No. 21 USAC Sprint Car entry, finishing second in the national championship. Jones is the only five-time USAC Sprint Car champion. In his 16-year USAC Sprint Car career, he made 393 starts and earned 28 victories, 35 fast-time awards, 157 top-fives and 115 top-10s. Jones also made 74 USAC Silver Crown starts.
He won three feature events and scored six fast-time awards and 22 top-fives. His most recent win came May 24 in the prestigious Hoosier Hundred event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Jones also made 120 USAC National Midget Car starts during his career, earning four victories, 24 top-fives and 33 top-10s.
“I’ll never forget the people who made it possible for me to achieve such incredible success,” Jones said. “There were so many people that were involved and helped me along the way – Tony Stewart, Mike Curb, Cary Agajanian, Jeff Walker, Scott Benic, Jack Rogers, USAC, the crew members, my family, team personnel and the fans. I know I had a rare opportunity to be a part of some of the greatest groups and teams in the industry. The sponsors that we’ve worked with along the way – Chevrolet Performance, Bass Pro Shops, STP, Armor All, J.D. Byrider, and many others – have helped make my career a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support over the years. Racing has been part of my life for so long, and it will always be part of my life. I’m looking forward to continuing to share it with my family.”