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Teenager Erik Jones pulls away from Sprint Cup stars for 1st career Xfinity win

  • NASCAR XFinity Series driver Erik Jones (20) drives during qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 10, 2015. Jones will start in the pole position. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)

    NASCAR XFinity Series driver Erik Jones (20) drives during qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 10, 2015. Jones will start in the pole position. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) races against Erik Jones (20) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) races against Erik Jones (20) during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Erik Jones pulls away after a pit stop during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

    Erik Jones pulls away after a pit stop during the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)  (The Associated Press)

Teenager Erik Jones pulled away to his first career Xfinity Series victory Friday night, outrunning Sprint Cup stars Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the same Texas track where he picked up his high school diploma a year ago.

The 18-year-old Jones turned away a strong bid from Keselowski on a restart with 28 laps remaining, winning by 1.6 seconds as he was never seriously challenged again.

A year earlier, Jones ran a Camping World Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway rather than attend his high school graduation in Michigan, and track president Eddie Gossage presented him his diploma during introductions.

Jones, who won from the pole, became the youngest winner in the truck series in 2013 at Phoenix. He won three truck races last year.

Keselowski was second, and Earnhardt Jr. was third.