Erik Jones Finishes Fourth at Kentucky Speedway

Box Score Info

RACE:  NASCAR XFINITY Series – Alsco 300

TRACK:  Kentucky Speedway

DRIVER:  Erik Jones

CAR:  No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry

START: 3rd

FINISH: 4th

LAPS:  201/201

LAPS LED: One Time for Three Laps

 

Post-Race Highlights:

  • Unloading at the newly repaved Kentucky Speedway, the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) had four practice sessions on Thursday before qualifying and racing on Friday evening for the Alsco 300. Erik Jones and the No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry team earned the third starting positon to round out another Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) sweep of the top three starting positions.
  • With the race underway, Jones settled in to third behind teammates Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez before taking over second on lap seven. Jones maintained his position until NASCAR waved the caution flag for the scheduled competition caution on lap 25. Crew chief Chris Gabehart called Jones to pit road for right-side tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. The race restarted on lap 31 with Jones third. Following the restart, Jones quickly moved to second behind Busch with Suarez moving to third to put the JGR trio out front.
  • The second caution waved on lap 52 for debris and Gabehart again called Jones to pit road from the second position for right-side tires and fuel. The race retuned to green on lap 57 with Jones second behind Busch.
  • As the race continued under green-flag conditions, the leaders began lapping cars and Jones slipped the third on lap 92 after getting stuck in lapped traffic allowing the third-place car to catch and pass him for the second position. Several laps later, caught in a similar situation, Jones dropped to fourth on lap 99 before teams began making green-flag pit stops on lap 105. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and another air-pressure adjustment on lap 106. The field cycled through pit stops and Jones returned to third on lap 109.
  • Maintaining his position in third as the race continued under a long green-flag run, Jones continued to give feedback on the handling of his No. 20 Reser’s Camry as both the driver and team learned how to adapt to the newly repaved 1.5-mile track.
  • Gabehart called Jones to pit road from the second position for his final pit stop on lap 158 under green-flag conditions. The team changed four tires and added fuel before sending Jones back on track. After the field cycled through stops, Jones returned to second behind Busch.
  • The caution again waved on lap 168 with the JGR team’s one-two-three. Opting to stay out under the caution, Jones restarted the race from second on lap 174 and took the lead from Busch as the caution flag waved for a wreck before teams finished the lap. Unfortunately, Jones would drop to third on the restart after NASCAR penalized the team for not maintaining their position under the caution. The race restarted on lap 179 and following a busy three-wide restart, Jones dropped a few more position to sixth when he crossed the start/finish line on lap 181, the only time he fell outside the top five all race.
  • The final caution flag waved with five scheduled laps remaining and Jones stayed out under the caution to restart the race from fifth on lap 199. Battling for position during the closing laps, Jones challenged teammate Suarez for third place before crossing the finish line in the fourth position.
  • Busch won the race followed by Austin Dillon, Suarez, Jones and Darrell Wallace, Jr.
  • Jones moved up to fourth in the point standings, 57 points behind leader and teammate Suárez.
  • The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16th, for the Lakes Region 300. The race can be viewed on NBCSN at 4:00 p.m. ET.