Box Score Info
RACE: NASCAR XFINITY Series – Road America 180
TRACK: Road America
DRIVER: Erik Jones
CAR: No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry
LAPS LED: Two Times for Five Laps
· For the final road course race of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, teams unloaded at the four-mile Wisconsin track, Road America. Making his first-career start at the famed track, Erik Jones qualified the No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry in the 10th position and after 48 laps, finished the Road America 180 in the 21st positon.
· Under cloudy skies, the scheduled 45-lap race started with Jones in the 10th position, but soon after the initial start, Jones radioed the team with a tire issue. Jones pitted on lap two for four tires and fuel. While on pit road, the caution was displayed for a single-car wreck on the frontstretch. Following the stop, Jones returned to the track, relaying to the team that the tire issue was caused when he braked to avoid wrecking a competitor after he slowed in front of Jones. Before the race returned to green, Jones again pitted to top off with fuel. The race restarted on lap six with Jones scored 23rd.
· As the field opted for varying pit strategies, Jones continued to advance his position to lead the race on the lap 15 restart.
· With older tires, the fresher tires prevailed and Jones dropped to fifth on lap 16 and was in the 14th spot when crew chief Chris Gabehart called Jones to pit road for a scheduled stop under green-flag conditions. Struggling with the handling of the No. 20 Camry, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. Returning to the track in the 25th position, the team caught a break when the caution waved on lap 25 for weather in the area. With the field pitting under the caution, Jones returned to the lead for the lap 28 restart and was back on the same tire cycle as the remainder of the field.
· Dropping to fifth following the restart, Jones was instructed to save fuel and find his rhythm to run nice, smooth laps to maintain his position in the top 10.
· The race slowed again on lap 35 with Jones in the seventh position and he reported to the team that he was continuing to struggle with the handling of the No. 20 Camry as the tires started to fall off. The team opted to pit under the caution for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 38, and with teams on varying strategies, Jones restarted the race 19th.
· Over the final laps, Jones was able to advance as high as 10th before a spin on the green-white-checkered laps dropped him the 21st position when he crossed the finish line on lap 48.
· Michael McDowell won the race followed by Brendan Gaughan, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Reed.
· Jones remains sixth in the point standings with three wins and 92 points behind leader Elliott Sadler.
· The NASCAR XFINITY Series now heads to Darlington Raceway on Saturday, September 3, for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. The race can be viewed on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET.