Dover, DE (SportsNetwork.com) - Erik Jones is hoping the third time's the charm for him in the Camping World Truck Series.
Jones had the dominant truck in the previous two truck races -- Kansas and Charlotte -- but did not drive it into victory lane at neither one of those tracks. Earlier this month at Kansas, he led 151 of the first 161 laps before running out of fuel with just six laps to go, which led to an 11th-place finish. Then two weeks ago at Charlotte, Jones finished only 0.005 seconds behind race winner Kasey Kahne after he had led a total of 88 laps.
The series is running its sixth race of the season on Friday at Dover International Speedway. On the following day, Jones will celebrate his 19th birthday. He's scheduled to compete in the Xfinity race at this track on Saturday.
Jones is in his first full season in trucks, driving the No. 4 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He is presently second in the point standings, 16 points behind leader and two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton.
Last year, Jones ran a partial schedule for KBM. He scored three victories in 12 starts during the 2014 season.
The truck race will be the first time Jones runs in a NASCAR national touring series event at Dover, which is a one-mile, concrete-surfaced track.
A driver from KBM has won the truck race at Dover in four of the last five years, including the previous two -- Aric Almirola (2010) and Kyle Busch (2011, '13 and '14).
For Jones, a victory at Dover would be a great way to break a string of heartbreaking defeats and would make for a nice early birthday present for him.
"Dover is going to be different," Jones said. "It's going to be the first technical place that I am going to where I've never raced at before. KBM has a really good package at Dover. They won there last year with Kyle, and that gives me a lot of confidence going into Friday's race."
During Thursday's 2 hour, 25 minute practice session at Dover, Jones posted the fastest lap at 155.885 mph.
Thirty-three teams are on the entry list for the Lucas Oil 200.
Series: NASCAR Camping World. Date: Friday, May 29. Race: Lucas Oil 200. Site: Dover International Speedway. Track: 1-mile oval. Start time: 5:30 p.m. ET. Laps: 200. Miles: 200. 2014 Winner: Kyle Busch. Television: FOX Sports 1. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.