Posted: August 1st, 2019

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL: Erik Jones will make his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Watkins Glen this weekend driving the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry. His previous two starts resulted in a ninth-place finish in 2017 and a fifth-place finish last season. Jones has also competed at the track in both the Xfinity Series and the K&N East Series earning a best finish between the two series of eighth in the Xfinity Series in 2017.
  • JGR AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 65 total starts at Watkins Glen International in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned seven wins, 23 top-five finishes, 38 top-10 finishes and four pole starting positions. The team has led 514 laps, completed 5,635 of 5,823 attempted laps (96.8%) and earned an average start of 12.0 and an average finish of 13.2. Tony Stewart leads the team with four wins followed by Kyle Busch with two wins and one win by Denny Hamlin.
  • CHASING 100: When Jones takes the green flag on Sunday at Watkins Glen International, he will be three starts away from making his 100th-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start. The milestone start will take place on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Darlington Raceway.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: The familiar yellow and black paint scheme for DEWALT returns to the No. 20 Camry this weekend with Jones at Watkins Glen International.
  • MEDIA TIME: Jones will be available to the media on Saturday, August 3, in the Watkins Glen Media Center from 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET.
  • MEET ERIK JONES: Fans have two opportunities to meet Jones this weekend in Watkins Glen. Jones will appear at the Joe Gibbs Racing Merchandise hauler from 11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET and at the Toyota Racing Experience from 11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. ET.
  • POCONO RACE RECAP: Jones started the race at Pocono Raceway from the fourth position and led 10 laps before finishing a season best, second.
  • RACE INFO: The Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90 and NBC Sports App.


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Watkins Glen International:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 1 2 0 0 7.5 7.5


Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
21 0 7 11 0 60 16.1 13.9


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
96 1 21 43 2 470 13.2 15.4


From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Watkins Glen has been a good track for us over the years and we’ve run pretty well there. For a road course, Watkins Glen is fast, sort of a superspeedway for road course racing. It’s pretty much the opposite of Sonoma. I think all of the drivers enjoy it. I enjoy it, it’s an exciting track. You can really hustle the car around the track and the harder you drive the car, the more speed you make which is kind of rare for a road course and for our cars, so that makes for a lot of fun. The last few weeks we’ve really come on strong and the results have shown that each week. We’ll go to Watkins Glen and focus on finishing a few positions better than the last few weeks and hopefully get our first win of the season and lock ourselves in the Playoffs.”


From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “This track has been fairly easy for Erik to pick up and adapt to in his Cup career. We’ve run inside the top 10 every event, and picked up our first top five last year. The added downforce from this year’s aero package has really changed how these cars drive and made some of the passing more difficult at the short tracks. The braking zones will be deeper and the esses will be less on edge compared to 2018. There may even be some drafting effects down the longer straights at Watkins Glen. It’s going to be interesting to get to the track and sort out some of these differences from last year. I feel really good about the direction of our team and our ability to go run well this weekend and pick up a solid finish and even contend for the win. We’re still not as solid in the points position as we’d like to be, but hopefully we can go increase that margin again this weekend, or even lock ourselves in with the win.”



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