Erik Jones to talk racing, officially graduate high school Saturday

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Since he’s not racing Saturday night, Camping World Truck Series phenom Erik Jones will do the next best thing:

He’ll talk racing.

The 18-year-old Jones will highlight “A Night at the Races” at the Swartz Creek (Mich.) Performing Arts Center, just a short burnout from his Byron, Mich. home.

“Photo-ops, photo booths, pit stop challenge where you get to be like the pit crew on the race car at the track,” Jones told WJRT-TV. I’ll be there, we’ll be showing video of the races. There’s going to be confetti flying. It’s going to be wild.”

There’ll even be a special ceremony honoring Jones, not for his racing but his smarts.

Even though Jones had an impromptu and remote high school graduation ceremony earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway, Saturday night will be Jones’ “official” graduation from Swartz Creek High School.

Jones completed the requirements for his diploma online through the school’s Global Learning Hub.

“I did it all for three years and made it a priority to get it done,” Jones said. “I finished up my senior year earlier this year, great to finally get it done and cool to be back here.”

The event will raise money for an educational fund for adults to earn their GED as well as to urge students to remain in school and get their diploma.

“It’s really about trying to reduce the drop out rate in Michigan, which is at around 26 percent right now. That’s above the national average,” Jones said.

Admission will be free and begins at 7 pm ET Saturday night.

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