SPARTA, Ky. - Your Saturday plans may include running errands, cleaning the house, doing laundry, watching football or shuttling your kids to and from sports practices before sitting down for dinner.

If you're Erik Jones, you're racing in two different NASCAR divisions on two different tracks in two different states before calling it a day.

Assuming everything goes as planned, the 19-year-old will be behind the wheel of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the start of the 300 at 8 p.m., at Kentucky Speedway.

His day will start more than 1,000 miles away at New Hampshire International Speedway, where he is scheduled to compete in the Camping World Truck Series' UNOH 175.

"If you can go out and have success in each of those races it's a pretty big payoff and a good feeling," Jones said. "It would be pretty special to win two races in one day like that. I'm not sure it's ever been done before at two different tracks. That's definitely our goal, to get a couple of wins in one day. I think at Loudon and Kentucky, we will have a pretty good shot at doing that."

A victory at New Hampshire would pad Jones' lead in the NCWTS championship standings, while a trip to victory lane at Kentucky Speedway would make up for one that escaped him July 10 during the NXS' first visit to the Bluegrass State this season.

Jones was leading Brad Keselowski in the closing laps of a 300-mile race when a lapped car slowed him just enough to allow Keselowski to take the lead. Keselowski went on to win the race while Jones finished second. Coincidentally, Jones had finished second in the NCWTS race at the track the night before.

"He knows he had a car capable of winning the (NXS) race," crew chief Chris Gayle said. "What we've talked about is if we improve on that a little bit, we should be able to win this race this weekend."

It's going to be a challenge. Jones, who has won two NXS races this season, will have to start from the back of the field because of a driver change. Drew Herring will qualify the car on race day and practiced the ride's set-up in two Friday practices. 

"I think that makes it where you probably have less margin for error late in the race," Gayle said. "You don't want to have to come up through the field twice. So you've got to do it at the start. It is what it is with him flying in. Just make sure that we don't have another problem late and we have to do it twice and make it harder than it has to be."

Herring posted the eighth-fastest lap in the first practice and led the rain-shortened final practice with a lap of 175.959 mph.

"We've got a good idea of what the car is going to do which is going to be a benefit for them tomorrow night," he said. "We'll make a couple small adjustments to get it fine-tuned and be ready to go tomorrow."

Herring had a close call during final practice when the car got sideways coming out of Turn 4. He managed to keep the car from spinning and pulled safely onto pit road.

"As it's happening, you definitely have to keep your cool and be gentle with it," Herring said. "I was fortunate enough that once I felt it start to step out that I had enough Joe Gibbs horsepower underneath the hood that I was able to put the throttle down and pull it back around. Once you save it, then it's really cool. If you don't save it, it's not so much fun."

Jones is one of four drivers who have raced the No. 54 car this season. Collectively, they have done well enough to put the team second in the owner's standings with seven races remaining.

Team Penske and its No. 22 team leads the owner's standings by 43 points. The margin would be less if not for a penalty handed down by NASCAR earlier this week.

Kyle Busch took the No. 54 car to victory lane last week at Chicagoland Speedway, but the car failed post-race inspection. NASCAR docked the team 10 owner points. Gayle was fined $12,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the year.

"At this point, all we can do is go out and try to win races and get max points each weekend," Gayle said. "And maybe it happens if you get some help."

Closing the gap won't be easy, particularly at Kentucky Speedway, where Team Penske has won four NXS races since 2011. Ryan Blaney, who is in the car this weekend, earned his first career series victory two years ago in the No. 22. It completed an NXS sweep by Team Penske that year at Kentucky Speedway.

"I expect them to be very good," Gayle said. "They're always good week-in and week-out."

Busch is the only driver ever to win two NASCAR national series on the same day. He did it in 2009 at Auto Club Speedway.

Jones attempted two NASCAR national series races at two different venues on the same day just last month. He finished 10th in a Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway and then flew to Iowa Speedway and finished seventh in the XFINITY race.

Like Pocono and Iowa, New Hampshire and Kentucky are distinctly different racetracks. One is a relatively flat 1-mile oval while the other is a 1.5-mile tri-oval with 14-degree banking in the turns.

"I think it's just a little more physically demanding than if you were at two general mile-and-a-half tracks," Jones said. "Those two tracks (New Hampshire and Kentucky) are a little more demanding physically and mentally, just from the uniqueness of them and the character that they have. I don't think it makes it any tougher on me too much. Obviously, you have to think a little more about them with each being so different.

"I guess Pocono and Iowa were pretty different as well, so that would be a pretty similar comparison. It should be pretty fun. We had a really good car at Kentucky a few months ago, and at Loudon we were pretty good last year as well."

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Ty Dillon in Hot Pursuit of NXS Championship Leader Buescher

"I think it's pretty simple," Dillon said. "Win."

Buescher enters the 300 with a 25-point advantage over Dillon and 28-point lead over defending series champion Chase Elliott in the points standings with seven races remaining this season.

"We feel good about where we're at right now," Buescher said. "Not comfortable. There's a lot of racing left to go and this is just another step toward Homestead."

Buescher finished 11th when the series visited Kentucky Speedway in July and Saturday's will be his fourth career start on the 1.5-mile track known for its rough and bumpy surface.

"Historically, Kentucky has not been one of my better tracks," he said. "But we look at our teammates from earlier this year and they actually ran really well here. So we've shared a lot of notes, we've been able to go over a lot of things to try to make our (car) better this time around."

In seven career starts at Kentucky Speedway - three in the XFINITY Series and four in the Camping World Truck Series - Dillon has finished seventh or better five times. He won a Truck Series race in 2013 and led 155 laps and finished third in this race last season.

"Unfortunately last year we led every single lap except for the last couple and didn't come away with a win. We definitely want to redeem ourselves this year and feel like we've got a great car to do it with this weekend."

Dillon was one of three Richard Childress Racing drivers who swept the top three spots in Friday's opening practice. Brian Scott paced the practice with a lap of 178.159 mph. Dillon was second in the first practice and sixth in the rain-shortened final practice. Buescher was 18th in the first practice and ninth in the second practice.

"Everybody on our team is really working and we really want this one this weekend," said Dillon, who has eight top-five and 19 top-10 finishes this season. "I feel like it's a great opportunity for us. It's place that I've run well at in the past and as a team we seem to always run well. Our main goal is get in victory lane and put pressure on these guys."

All Rhodes Lead to Kentucky Speedway's 300

Louisville's Ben Rhodes will have a sizeable cheering section in the stands for his first NASCAR race in his home state.

The driver of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet anticipates there will be 6,000 friends, family and other supporters in attendance for Saturday's 300 XFINITY Series race.

"Hopefully we'll have a good finish here. I'm going to try my best," Rhodes said. "We'll have a lot of people in the stands coming out. Hometown crowd."

The 18-year-old will be making his eighth start this season. In his seven previous races, Rhodes' best finish was seventh at Iowa Speedway.

He is vying to become the first Kentuckian to win a major racing series event at Kentucky Speedway. In an ARCA Racing Series event last year at the track, Rhodes led 26 laps but finished 27th after wreck late in the race.

"I look at it from the standpoint that a lot of people have attempted this and a lot of people have tried to race in the NASCAR ranks at this track," Rhodes said. "I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity that I have with JR Motorsports. But it would mean all the difference in the world.

"I drove past this place when I was 7, 8 years old going to go-kart races and didn't quite understand what it was about at the time, but I dreamed about racing here. I did last year in the ARCA race, but to do it in NASCAR with a huge crowd, that would be awesome. I don't know if there are words to describe it."

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