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Clay Jones Earns NASCAR State Championship at Raleigh Home Track

Updated: Oct 9, 2022

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 7, 2022 /Wake County Speedway/ —

North Carolina has a new State Champion in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series and his home track is Wake County Speedway.

Clay Jones, driver of the Goldsboro Homes/Big Boy's Travel Center no. 15 Chevrolet, (nicknamed "The Blue Goose"), took eight wins at America's Favorite Bullring during the 2022 campaign, along with six P2 finishes, and one P3 to secure his new title.

Clay Jones (r) and wife, Jami Carolyn Jones (l) in Victory Lane at Wake County Speedway on Sept. 16th, 2022.

Finishing consistently against some of the toughest Late Model Stock competition in the State and Southeast, through seventeen starts, was enough to give Jones a total of 400 points by season's end on September 16th. Jones finished 4 points ahead of the Bowman Gray Stadium Racing Track Champion, Tim Brown (an open-wheel modified driver), who finished the season at his Winston-Salem home track with 396 points.

In fact, out of the eight times, Jones visited the Victory Lane in 2022 at Wake County Speedway, three of those victories were accomplished after beating the eventual 2022 NAAPWS National Champion, Layne Riggs. One of Clay's second-place finishes came while Riggs visited Victory Lane, so in other words, Jones had to beat the best to be the best in the State.

Clay Jones in the no. 15 "Blue Goose" crossing the finish line at Raleigh's Wake County Speedway.

There was plenty of added drama for Jones going into the final race of the 2022 season at Wake County too. Jones (in his Late Model Stock Car) trailed Brown by just 8 points prior to the final regular season race. Brown's season had already ended on August 20th with no other North Carolina tracks holding Open-Wheel Modified races. Brown had no hope of earning any more points to pad his slim lead unless he could pick up a Late Model car to drive at another track, but this rumor was not to be.