Erik Jones and the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 14th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course on Sunday, February 21.
The lineup for the 70-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 39th-place Daytona), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 40th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the 3.61 -mile road course- oval hybrid in Daytona Beach, Fla., from the 37th-place on Row 19. He had to start at the rear of the field due to a previously received penalty for the engine change prior to the Daytona 500.
On Lap 10 Jones had to pit under green-flag conditions with a flat left rear tire and fender damage.
Jones was scored as high as he 12th-place on the iconic 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course-oval hybrid, for the last of the back-to-back weekend at the Daytona International Speedway.
“It was a pretty up and down day for our Richard Petty Motorsports team. We had a tire issue early and then got lucky with a caution – stayed on the lead lap, and then had to battle back from that. We struggled a bit keeping the track position and staying up front. It was kind of a back-and-forth battle for us. I thought we had a top-15 Chevrolet, maybe top-10 finish if some things worked out.
“It is a decent finish for the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1Le. We just missed the set-up from the Clash: we tried to do a few new things and change some stuff around, but it didn’t quite work the way we wanted. Good notes for us coming back and hopefully for the future road courses. I am glad we could get a decent finish out of it and move onto next week.” – Erik Jones