Erik Jones and the No. 43 Medallion Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 26th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) South Point 400 at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 26.
The lineup for the 267-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, eighth-place, Bristol), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 24th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%, Lap 16). Jones started at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in the second of two annual trips the series makes to Sin City, from the 16th-place on Row 8.
At the end of Stage 1 on Lap 80, Jones was scored in the 13th-place. By the end of Stage 2 on Lap 160, he was in the 30th-place due to an untimely pit stop before the end of the stage. The 25-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as the fifth-place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“The South Point 400 (at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway) started off good for our No. 43 Medallion Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. However, we lost the balance in the middle of the race and got too tight. Our Richard Petty Motorsports team was never able to make up the ground from that, and we did not get the result we wanted.
“I hope to challenge for a win at the Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.”