Posted: September 11th, 2019

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Garage Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fifth-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In his previous four starts at the track, Jones has a best finish of eighth in 2018. Jones also started this race last season from the pole position, but had his day come to an early end following an early-race accident. In addition to his Cup starts at the 1.5-mile track, Jones has two starts in the Xfinity Series with a best finish of third (2016) and two starts in the Truck Series with one win (2014).
  • JGR AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 68 total starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned two wins, 15 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 536 laps, completed 16,872 of 18,001 attempted laps (93.7%) and earned an average start of 13.8 and an average finish of 15.3. Kyle Busch has one win for the team in 2009 followed by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week on the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry, Gas Monkey Garage will be a featured partner.
  • 2019 PLAYOFFS: The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs start this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The first of 10 races, 16 drivers enter the weekend with a chance to win this year’s championship. Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team enter the weekend tied for ninth place.
  • INDY RACE RECAP: Starting the race from the 14th position, Jones made his way to the top 10 before falling back to 15th following an early race pit stop. Moving back in to the top 10, Jones was battling for position on lap 48 when contact with a competitor ended his day with a 39th-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2019. Coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN Radio, SIRIUS XM Channel 90 and NBC Sports App.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: 

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 0 1 1 0 9.0 19.0

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
26 1 9 13 0 162 15.6 14.4

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
101 2 23 45 2 572 13.2 15.5

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to Vegas, mostly getting the Playoffs started. It’s a cool time of the year, our second time making the Playoffs. I feel like we have a little more knowledge to go on this time and feel like the team has really been hitting on all cylinders here lately, so we need 10 perfect races and Vegas is a good place to start it off. I feel like we’ve learned a lot throughout the year with this package since the first time at Vegas earlier in the season. I think we’ve got a pretty good mile and a half package figured out so hopefully we have a strong run and start the Playoffs off right.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “The 20 team is excited to reset the points and get the Playoffs started this week. We’ve had a pretty strong second half of the regular season and feel like we’re hitting our stride as a team right now, so really looking forward to carrying this momentum into Las Vegas this week. Last year we learned a lot about how important the first race in this opening round can be to get started off ahead of the points curve with Richmond and the Roval following the next two weeks. We feel like Las Vegas is a track that fits very well in the wheel house of where the 20 team and JGR have been strong this year. The rougher/harder to drive, slick race tracks have been pretty good for us. It’s going to be very hot in Las Vegas so we feel like that will only help to separate the good and bad cars a little more. We’ll do all we can to come out with a very good race for race one of the Playoffs, and try to get that first win to get locked into the second round.”

 

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