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RACE: NASCAR XFINITY Series – Subway Firecracker 250
TRACK: Daytona International Speedway
DRIVER: Erik Jones
CAR: No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota Camry
- For the 15th race of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, teams headed to Daytona International Speedway for the second time this year for the Subway Firecracker 250.
- Qualifying the No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota Camry in the third position, Erik Jones lined up behind teammate and pole winner David Ragan for the 100-lap event. With the race underway, Jones and his teammate Daniel Suárez tucked in behind Ragan as the Joe Gibbs Racing trio led the first lap of the race.
- Running in the top five, the first caution of the race waved on lap eight. Unable to fuel until the scheduled competition caution, crew chief Chris Gabehart made the call to leave Jones on track. He restarted the race in fourth on lap 13.
- Moving up to second following the restart, Jones was running the inside line when the leaders on the outside line spun making contact with several cars, including Jones. The caution was displayed on lap 14 for a 14-car wreck with the red flag being displayed for clean up on the track. Jones made multiple stops to repair damage to the right rear of the No. 20 Camry, but as the team made repairs, Jones lost one lap. The race retuned to green on lap 21 with Jones scored 30th, one lap down to the leaders. Unfortunately, a tire rub caused the right rear to blow and Jones spun out on lap 22, but made no additional contact. The team changed four tires and worked on repairing the right rear. As the team worked on the No. 20 Camry, Jones lost an additional lap and restated the race on lap 28, two laps down to the leaders.
- Using the cautions to get back on the lead lap, Jones was able to take the wave around under the lap 41 caution to get one lap back and earned the ‘Lucky Dog’ under the lap 48 caution to return to the lead lap. After making a four tire stop and packing the No. 20 Toyota Camry full of fuel, Jones restarted the race on lap 53 from the 24th position and was told to be in ‘Max Fuel Save’ mode.
- The caution waved again on lap 66 and the team opted to pit for fuel only instead of taking the gamble of stretching fuel to make it to lap 100. Jones was scored 10th on the lap 71 restart.
- Over the final laps, Jones was able to make his way as high as third before a wreck on lap 96 brought out the caution and forced the race in to overtime.
- The final restart on lap 101 served as the first attempt at a green-white-checker finish. Jones restarted third, but got stuck with no partner and quickly dropped in the field before crossing the finish line 10th as a wreck on the final lap ended the race.
- Aric Almirola won the race followed by Justin Allgaier, Ryan Sieg, Joey Logano and Brendan Gaughan.
- Jones gained one position to sixth in the point standings, 57 points behind leader and teammate Daniel Suárez.
- The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action on Friday, July 8th, at Kentucky Speedway. The race can be viewed on NBCSN at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Erik Jones’ Post-Race Thoughts:
How was your race?
“Just really up and down day for the DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Camry. Not really sure – we just got drug down at the end. We had a lot of right rear damage and knew it wasn’t going to be too good by ourselves there but just had a tandem at the end and tried to give ourselves the best shot to get out and break away from the field, but we just couldn’t do it. Too bad. I feel bad for the 18 (David Ragan) car. We both got drug back together. Nice to come out of here with a top-10 finish and it’s something we can build on here for the future superspeedways.”