Press Updates

July 19th, 2019 |

NHMS Qualifying Report

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series traveled to New England this week to tackle New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. This is an important timeframe, with only a few weeks remaining before the first round of Playoff contenders are finalized. Having moved into the last Playoff qualifying spot last week, 16th in points now, Erik Jones is anxious to keep the positive momentum rolling, coming off a third-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Friday afternoon he showed everyone he’s here to battle, with a row-two, fourth-place qualifying spot earned at over 136.189 mph. When asked afterwards about his car the Michigan star commented,“It was kind of a struggle this morning, but actually there in qualifying it felt pretty good. Definitely a lot better than what we had in practice. I missed it a little bit on the lap. It had some more in it. Just didn’t hit it right. The Stanley Camry felt good there, so I think that was the first time all day I’ve had a good feel in the car and if we can kind of transfer that into tomorrow, that’d be a positive.” Jones continued his positive energy on Saturday when he topped the speed charts in practice. The No. 20 Stanley Toyota with Jones behind the wheel will take the green flag Sunday at 3:00pm ET and the race can be seen on NBCSN.

Read More

July 16th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 STANLEY Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

No. 20 STANLEY Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fourth-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend driving the No. 20 STANLEY Toyota Camry. In his previous three Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has a best-career finish of sixth in 2017. Jones also has one start at the Loudon, New Hampshire track in the Xfinity Series where he started from the second position and led three laps before finishing second. For his two Truck Series starts at the track, Jones finished seventh in both events.
  • JGR AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 120 total starts at Kentucky Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 11 wins, 43 top-five finishes, 67 top-10 finishes and eight pole starting positions. The team has led 2,794 laps, completed 34,928 of 35,710 attempted laps (97.8%) and earned an average start of 12.1 and an average finish of 11.8. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth both have three wins for JGR at the Loudon, New Hampshire track followed by Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch with two wins each and Joey Logano with one win.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: STANLEY returns to the No. 20 Camry this weekend with Jones at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This will be STANLEY’s third appearance on the No. 20 Camry this season.
  • KENTUCKY RACE RECAP: Qualifying in the 21st position at Kentucky Speedway, Jones was able to utilize pit strategies and a fast Camry to finish third. The finish marked his fifth top-five finish of the season.
  • RACE INFO: The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90 and NBC Sports App.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
3 0 0 1 0 0 7.0 20.3

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
19 0 5 9 0 46 17.4 15.1

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
94 1 19 41 2 456 13.4 15.7

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “New Hampshire is a tough track for a lot of reasons. It’s considered a short track, but challenging with how flat it is. It’s tough to get the balance right, but always a fun track. Adding the PJ1 to the track and creating a two groove track will make it more race-y throughout the day. Each time I’ve gone to the track, I’ve learned a lot. We’ve always had speed and qualified well. Our challenge has always been the second half of the race and making sure we are making the right adjustments to stay ahead of changing track conditions through the race to be able to be in position to contend at the end.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “Loudon is a place I’ve personally been looking forward to since last season. We were a little shocked at how poorly we performed in 2018 compared to Erik’s fall race in 2017, so I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to right the ship a little bit in Loudon. So much has changed with the rules from 2018 to now, so I think that’ll make everything quite a bit different compared to last season. The PJ1 application process and locations of application are changing a little bit for this event as well. So all teams will need to adjust to how this effects the racing groove and how quickly it comes in and degrades with laps. We had a good showing in Kentucky and managed to gain some points and move up a couple spots, so we look to keep that ball rolling and do more of the same this weekend if we can’t go in and get that first win.”

 

About Stanley Black & Decker:

Stanley Black & Decker is a $13 billion revenue, purpose-driven industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 58,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world’s largest tools and storage business, the world’s second largest commercial electronic security company, a leading engineered fastening business as well as Oil & Gas and Infrastructure businesses. The company’s iconic brands include Black & Decker, Bostitch, CRAFTSMAN, DEWALT, FACOM, Irwin, Lenox, Porter Cable and Stanley. Stanley Black & Decker is a company for the makers and innovators, the craftsmen and the caregivers, and those doing the hard work to make the world a better place. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Read More

July 11th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Kentucky Speedway

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.”

 

About CRAFTSMAN:

CRAFTSMAN is the American icon that homeowners, home builders, auto enthusiasts and master mechanics have trusted since 1927 – and today’s CRAFTSMAN continues that legacy. With a focus on reliable, high-performance tools, storage and equipment, CRAFTSMAN has revived its long-established pride in superior quality. Now it’s easier than ever to get the tools trusted for generations at more places than ever. For more information visit www.craftsman.com or follow CRAFTSMAN on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Read More

July 7th, 2019 |

Erik Jones and Sport Clips Team Finish 23rd in Rain-Shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway

Date: July 7, 2019 (Postponed from July 6, 2019)

Event: Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Race 18 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile Superspeedway)

Format: 160 Laps (Stages: 50 laps / 50 laps / 60 laps)

Start/Finish: 17th/23rd (Completed 125 of 127 laps)

Point Standings: 18th (430 points, 270 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Justin Haley   

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 Winner:  Austin Dillon

 

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway from the 17th position and ended stage one in 28th.
  • With weather in the area Saturday afternoon and evening, NASCAR was forced to postpone the Coke Zero Sugar 400 from Saturday under the lights to Sunday afternoon.
  • Rolling off 17th for the race, Jones quickly made his way to the back of the field to 33rd where he settled in and radioed crew chief Chris Gayle that the Sport Clips Camry was too tight and not handling to his liking.
  • With the stage continuing under a long green-flag run, teams began making scheduled stops on lap 36 with Gayle calling Jones to pit road on lap 37 for fuel only.
  • The caution flag waved on lap 50 to end stage one with Jones 28th. The team called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Noticing damage to the right rear, Gayle called Jones to pit road for a second stop to repair the damage. The race restarted on lap 55 with Jones 31st.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100)

  • Jones started stage two from 31st and ended the stage 18th.
  • The caution waved on lap 58 for a single-car spin. Jones pitted for fuel only on lap 60 and restarted the race from 22nd on lap 62.
  • Focused on staying out of trouble, Jones again dropped to the back of the pack. After several laps, he radioed the team to let them know the Sport Clips Camry was more secure after the previous set of adjustments, but still needed more help with handling.
  • The caution waved on lap 75 for an on-track incident. Jones pitted from 26th for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 78 with the Sport Clips team scored 23rd.
  • The race was slowed again on lap 82 for a multi-car accident. Jones stayed out and restarted the race from 21st on lap 86.
  • The caution waved on lap 100 to end stage two with Jones scored 18th. The team opted to pit for right-side tires, fuel and adjustments. With the quick stop and strategy play, Jones restarted the race from third on lap 105.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 101-127)

  • Jones started the final stage from third and finished the race in 23rd.
  • With the final stage underway and weather approaching the speedway, Jones quickly moved to second following the restart where he remained until lap 117 when he was caught in the middle with no help and dropped through the field.
  • As the lead cars battled for position, several made contact and caused a multi-car accident on lap 119. Jones made his way through the melee, but not without receiving damage to the Sport Clips Camry. Gayle called Jones to pit road multiple times during the caution for repairs and he returned to the track in the 23rd position, two laps down.
  • As NASCAR prepared to go back to green-flag racing, lightning in the area forced the field to pit road and the red flag was displayed on lap 127. With lightning and rain continuing at the track, NASCAR was forced to call the race with 127 of the 160 laps completed.
  • Jones was credited with a 23rd-place finish.

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch finished 14th, Martin Truex, Jr finished 22nd and Denny Hamlin finished 26th.

 

Next Race: Teams now head to Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 13, 2019 for the Quaker State 400. The race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

Read More

July 3rd, 2019 |

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Daytona International Speedway

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones returns to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 as the defending winner after earning his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in last year’s event. Including last year’s win, Jones has five-career Cup Series starts the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Jones also has six starts at the track in the Xfinity Series with a best finish of eighth in 2015 and one start in the Truck Series in 2015 where he earned a second-place finish.
  • JGR AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 135 total starts at Daytona International Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned seven wins, 32 top-five finishes, 44 top-10 finishes and four pole starting positions. The team has led 1,666 laps, completed 21,564 of 24,102 attempted laps (89.5%) and earned an average start of 15.7 and an average finish of 19.9. Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin both have two wins for the team with Dale Jarett, Kyle Busch and Jones each earning one win for the team. JGR earned a 1-2-3 finish during this year’s Daytona 500 when Hamlin earned his second Daytona 500 victory and was followed across the line by Busch and Jones.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: Sport Clips returns to the No. 20 Camry this weekend as Jones looks to defend his 2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400 win.
  • MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Jones will be in the media center on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET for media availability.
  • FAN APPEARANCE: On Saturday, July 6 before the Coke Zero Sugar 400, Jones will make an appearance in the UNOH Fan Zone for a Q&A from 3:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET.
  • CHICAGO RACE RECAP: Jones started the race at Chicagoland Speedway from the 21st position, but quickly after the green flag was waved, the race was red flagged for more than three hours for storms in the area. Following the red flag, Jones was able to start his move through the field and crossed the finish line with a strong seventh-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2019. Coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Daytona International Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
5 1 2 3 0 21 23.2 17.6

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
17 0 4 8 0 45 17.2 15.3

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
92 1 18 40 2 455 13.3 15.8

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting back to Daytona. It’s always cool coming back to a track where you are the defending race winner. Looking forward to the race and defending our win from last year. It’s always fun to get down there on the 4th of July. It’s usually a great crowd, a great turnout and great atmosphere for the race. Looking forward to getting out there and hopefully we’ll be able to get another win to lock ourselves in the Playoffs and have a lot fun at the same time.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “This will be the debut of the new superspeedway package at Daytona. Our team and entire organization learned a lot from our Talladega experience with this new package, and so did NASCAR. The entire field was really fast at Talladega, so the larger spoiler wicker will be implemented for this Daytona race. The summer Daytona race is always about handling well, much more than Talladega. So this pushes us to take a slightly different approach between the two race tracks. There is also a little different approach when it comes to strategy and how you call/plan to run these races and avoid trouble all race. I think since we’ve had so few winners this year that this race will be much more chaotic than normal. A lot of guys that may not have a shot to win anywhere else will be pushing really hard to get this win. Also the higher downforce level will make the cars much more stable and allow drivers to take even bigger risks when blocking and moving around in traffic. With that said, we’ll do all we can to avoid the chaos and be around at the end of the event, and try to defend last year’s victory.”

 

About Sport Clips

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, offers online check in for clients, and is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises’ and #17 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,800 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2018 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “Haircuts with Heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has contributed $6.5 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Indy Car driver Sebastien Bourdais, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.

Read More

A good day @NHMS. We got stage points in the 1st stage and finished 3rd. The @stanleytools Camry was good. All day I felt like we were close, just needed to get up front and never quite did but we were close. Another top 5. Can’t complain about that and the points we gained.

Race day! Starting P4 in the @stanleytools #Camry. #LetsGoPlaces #TeamSTANLEY

Good day for the @stanleytools team. P1 in 2nd practice and P12 in final practice. We’ve got a fast #Camry, good notes from practice and a P4 starting spot for tomorrow. Should make for a fun day @NHMS! #TeamSTANLEY #TeamToyota

4

Rolling off P4 in the @stanleytools #Camry. We had a shot at the pole, but just missed it. 2 practice sessions tomorrow followed by the race on Sunday. #TeamSTANLEY #TeamToyota

One day left to bid on my race worn gloves from @KySpeedway. I’ve signed them, @DaleJr signed them and now you have the chance to own them. All proceeds benefit @tdjf and the work they do for kids every where. Bid here 👉🏻 https://t.co/aLhvof004c

2
LOAD MORE