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Erik Jones confirms father's passing before XFINITY race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 10: Erik Jones, driver of the #20 Reser's Fine Foods Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 10, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images )

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 10: Erik Jones, driver of the #20 Reser's Fine Foods Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 10, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images )

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones has confirmed that his father, Dave Jones passed away earlier this week after a long battle with cancer. He was 54 years old.

Jones posted an open letter to his father on Twitter prior to the start of Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

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