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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Erik Jones led 112 of 200 laps to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the repaved and reconfigured Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Jones got his seventh career Xfinity win, getting this one at the 1.5-mile track where he first got to Victory Lane two years ago.

Jones finished the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing a half-second ahead of Ryan Blaney, another full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver. Blaney led 43 laps and went into his final pit stop with the lead before Jones went back in front for good on lap 156.

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Only nine drivers finished on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick, the pole-sitter for Sunday’s Cup race, finished third, ahead of Austin Dillon and Cole Custer.

Darrell Wallace Jr. was sixth, the fifth consecutive race he has finished in that position. That is the second-longest streak in the series with the same top-10 finish, one behind Jack Ingram’s string of six consecutive runner-up finishes in 1983.

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