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P.J. Jones

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 10, 2017) - Versatile veteran P.J. Jones added his name to Texas Motor Speedway’s expanding record book when he won the inaugural SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks race here Saturday afternoon.

Jones, of Scottsdale, Ariz., scored his first win of the season and fourth of his career in the 10-lapper in his No. 98 Safecraft Safety Equipment truck. The son of 1963 Indianapolis 500 champion and SCCA Trans-Am star Parnelli Jones, P.J. paced a field of nine competitors to the checkered flag on a portion of the 1.5-mile oval that included the South Paddock parking lot and multiple jumps.

Jones, 48, has competed in NASCAR, INDYCAR, the IMSA GT Championship, American Le Mans Series, U.S. Auto Club and the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

The SUPER Trucks, a creation of former NASCAR and INDYCAR driver Robby Gordon, feature 650-horsepower V-8 engines. The field tackled 36-inch tall aluminum ramps as well as a giant dirt jump placed strategically throughout the course for high flying during the half-hour stage race. The championship race will begin 30 minutes following the checkered flag of tonight’s Verizon IndyCar Series’ Rainguard Water Sealers 600.

Australian Paul Morris began the day atop the championship with 291 points in his No. 67 LIVE/United Fiber and Data truck. Fellow Aussie Matt Brabham, grandson of three-time Formula One World Driving Champion Sir Jack Brabham, was one point behind in the No. 83 DeVILBISS/Hawk Performance/Head Strong/KMC Wheels truck. Sheldon Creed, winner of a series-high five races this season, was third with 286 points in his No. 1 truck. Creed, a 19-year-old Californian, won series championships in 2015 and 2016.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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