Erik Jones Finishes 23rd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Following Late-Race Penalty


Box Score Info:

RACE:  NASCAR XFINITY Series – Lilly Diabetes 250

TRACK:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway

DRIVER:  Erik Jones

CAR:  No. 20 GameStop NERF Toyota Camry

START: 2nd                                         

FINISH: 23rd

LAPS:  99/100


Post-Race Highlights:

·        The NASCAR XFINITY Series unloaded at the historical Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 22, for the Lilly Diabetes 250. Qualifying the No. 20 GameStop NERF Toyota Camry in the second position, Erik Jones ran most of the 100-lap race in the top 10 before a late-race penalty dropped the team to a 23rd-place finish.

·        With the race underway, Jones settled in to the top five before falling to eighth when the competition caution waved on lap 15. Entering pit road, Jones was slowing at his pit box when a competitor made contact to the rear of the GameStop Camry, turning the car in to pit wall. With an extended stay on pit road to correct the stop and check for damage, Jones restarted the race on lap 20 from the 32nd position with four fresh tires and fuel.

·        Making his way back to the front, Jones was scored 12th when the caution was displayed on lap 30 to end Stage One. Pitting for right-side tires and fuel, the No. 20 GameStop NERF team restarted the race from eighth on lap 35.

·        With two cautions during the early part of Stage Two, Crew Chief Chris Gabehart made the call to leave Jones on track during each caution period. Gabehart called Jones to pit road on lap 58, two laps before the end of the Stage Two for right-side tires and fuel. On the same lap Jones pitted, the caution was waved for a single car incident. Stage Two ended under caution on lap 60. The race restarted on lap 64 with Jones in the second positon.

·        As the race closed in on the final laps and concern over tire issues, Gabehart called Jones to pit road under green on lap 82 for right-side tires and fuel. Unfortunately, an uncontrolled tire resulted in a pass through penalty dropping the team one lap to the leaders and to the 30th position.

·        Continuing to run strong lap times, Jones was able to gain multiple positions to earn a 23rd-place finish.

·        William Byron won followed by Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler and Cole Custer.