Posted: April 14th, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn. — No. 20 crew chief Chris Gayle prompted an important conversation with his driver Erik Jones during the offseason.

They talked face-to-face, putting everything from 2017 on the table — and it was good, he said.

“We sat down in the offseason and had a real good talk about what the deficiencies were between he, me,” Gayle told NASCAR.com on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. “We both kind of laid it all on the line, here’s where we both need to get better. And I think we’re doing that so far, so if we can just continue down that path we’ll be OK.