Posted: July 11th, 2019

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his third Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. In his previous two starts at the track in the Cup Series, Jones has earned a sixth-place finish and seventh-place finish. Jones has five starts at the track in the Xfinity Series earning one pole, three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes and has a career-best finish of second in 2015. In his lone Truck Series start at the track, Jones has a second-place finish.
  • JGR AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 28 total starts at Kentucky Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned three wins, 14 top-five finishes, 17 top-10 finishes and two pole starting positions. The team has led 666 laps, completed 7,141 of 7,504 attempted laps (95.2%) and earned an average start of 10.1 and an average finish of 10.2. Kyle Busch won the first Cup race at the 1.5 mile track in 2011 and again in 2015. Matt Kenseth also scored a win for the team in 2013.
  • DALE JR. GLOVES: Jones will wear the signature Dale Earnhardt Jr. skeleton gloves this weekend at Kentucky Speedway for practice, qualifying and the race on Saturday night as part of the Driven to Give Gloves Program. Following the race, both Jones and Earnhardt will sign the race-worn gloves. The gloves will then be auctioned off atwww.nascarfoundation.org/dalejr beginning on Friday, July 12, and ending on Friday, July 19. Money raised from the auction will benefit the work that Earnhardt and his wife, Amy, do to help kids everywhere.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: CRAFTSMAN returns to the No. 20 Camry this weekend with Jones at Kentucky Speedway.
  • DAYTONA RACE RECAP: With qualifying canceled due to weather, Jones started the rain postponed Coke Zero Sugar 400 from the 17th position. Running as high as second, Jones received damage during the “Big One” on lap 119. After making repairs to the No. 20 Camry, Jones was scored 23rd and two laps down to the leaders. Unfortunately, weather in the area forced NASCAR to display the red flag and eventually called the race with only 127 of the 160 laps complete.
  • RACE INFO: The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2019. Coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kentucky Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 0 2 0 0 8.0 6.5

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
18 0 4 8 0 45 17.2 15.7

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
93 1 18 40 2 455 13.3 15.8

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting to Kentucky and to a track where I have run well in the past. The track itself can be a little challenging. I feel good going in to the race. We’ll take what we learned at Texas and go to Kentucky and be able to build from that notebook of notes. We’ve run well at Kentucky in the past, so between that and how well we ran at Texas earlier this season, I’m confident we’ll have a good run and a shot to win our way in to the Playoffs.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “This has been a strong track for Erik in the Cup series, with sixth and seveth-place finishes in his two previous starts. I expect the racing to be much different than the last two season though, as we’ve seen at most of the one-and-half mile tracks this season. I do feel like we can lean on our setups from Texas and Kansas to come up with a really strong package for Kentucky. Kentucky has similar load differences between corners as Texas, and we run the same tires this weekend as Texas. The interesting thing for this weekend will be the PJ1 application and if it helps create some multiple grooves for passing at this race track. We were able to come away from Daytona without giving up much points wise even though we fell back one position in the standings. I really feel like Kentucky we have a chance to go compete for the win and lock ourselves into the playoffs, and move on from racing for points.”

 

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