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Erik Jones leads all 50 laps to win first Xfinity heat race at Bristol


during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Heat #1 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 16, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Matt Sullivan

Erik Jones added yet another notable page to his budding NASCAR career, winning the first heat race in Xfinity Series history Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Michigan native started from the pole and led all 50 laps of the event, which was the first of two heat races s that will precede the main event later this afternoon, the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

Jones lapped 11 of the 20 drivers entered in the event.

“We did everything we needed to do there,” Jones told Fox Sports 1. “It was good, actually a little better than I thought it would be.”

Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones in the top-5.

Sixth through 10th were Brendan Gaughan, Darrell Wallace Jr., Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole.

Finishing 11th through 20th were Ross Chastain, Jeff Green, Matt Tifft, Brandon Gdovic, Harrison Rhodes, Dakoda Armstrong, Joey Gase, Mike Harmon, Timmy Hill and Matt DiBenedetto, who bowed out after just three laps in the event.

Jones and Allgaier become eligible for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash contest that will be part of the main event. The top two Xfinity Series regulars and finishers in the second heat race will also be eligible for the Dash 4 Cash.

Xfinity Heat 1 at Bristol

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