NASCAR: Erik Jones earns first 1.5-mile win in Truck Series at Las Vegas

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Mere hours after his boss triumphed in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway, Erik Jones has claimed his second win of the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jones passed KBM teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. with 13 laps to go in the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before beating him to the stripe by 1.329 seconds.

Prior to tonight, Jones’ previous two wins in the Truck Series had come on tracks of one mile or shorter.

“It was a blast – I learned a ton,” the 18-year-old driver told Fox Sports. “To get a win on a mile-and-a-half is awesome. It drove so good at the end. I couldn’t ask for more than this right here.

“I wanted to win out here so bad. I had this marked down as one I was looking forward to. Who doesn’t want to win in Vegas? This is really surreal to me right now.”

For a while, it appeared that Wallace would be the winner tonight in Las Vegas. He took control of the race around Lap 50 when he dusted Timothy Peters for the lead after Peters wiggled high off of Turn 2.

The race’s middle stages progressed with “Bubba” at the front, and he cycled back to P1 following a round of green-flag stops that started with about 40 laps left.

But Jones had been able to move up to second past Matt Crafton in the cycle, and then set his sights on Wallace before taking the lead for good with an inside pass.

“It’s frustrating,” Wallace said after his fifth runner-up finish of 2014 and his second in as many races. “I hate finishing second so bad. Thanks to my guys, though…Thought it was ours, that’s the most frustrating thing.

“To see where we came out [after the stops] and we passed him on the exit of pit road, I thought we’d be fine – and he just ran us down fast.”

Crafton, the defending Truck Series champion, finished third but was able to extend his current points lead to 19 over teammate Johnny Sauter, who finished 14th.

Peters, the Vegas winner from one year ago, picked up a fourth-place finish – his first Top-5 run in the last nine events. Brian Ickler rounded the Top 5 finishers.

The Truck Series will resume action in two weeks time at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 18.

Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener

Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.