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May 23rd, 2019 |

Charlotte Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying Report

Thursday night the NASCAR community returned to their ‘home track’ of Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and conducted single-car qualifying runs for the famed Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day race event. Erik Jones and the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota race team drove over 182.00 mph to complete a 16th place qualifying effort. This result placed Jones in the eighth row for the green flag start of the long 600-mile event Sunday night. Tune in to FOX at 6pm to see the superstars of NASCAR battle the elements and each other in celebration and support of Memorial Day weekend.

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May 22nd, 2019 |

Erik Jones / No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry Preview Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fourth Monster Energy Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600. In his previous three starts at the track in the Cup Series, Jones best-career finish is seventh in the 2017 Coca-Cola 600. Jones also has starts at the track in both the Xfinity and Truck Series. With five starts in the Xfinity Series, his best finish is second in 2015 and he has an average finish of 3.2. Jones lone Truck Series start resulted in 88 laps led and one of the closest finish in series history when he finished inches behind Kasey Kahne to record a second-place finish.
  • JGR AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 126 total starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned six wins, 49 top-five finishes, 76 top-10 finishes and 10 pole starting positions. The team has led 3,457 laps, completed 44,130 of 45,507 attempted laps (97.0%) and earned an average start of 12.1 and an average finish of 11.6. Five different drivers have won at the track for JGR, with Bobby Labonte winning two races and Dale Jarett, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch each winning one race for the team.
  • CORPORAL RICHARD ELLIS ECKERT: Jones and the No. 20 team will honor Corporal Richard Ellis Eckert this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 and Memorial Day weekend. A Grand Rapids, Michigan native, Eckert was Jones great-uncle and his mother Carol’s uncle. Corporal Eckert served in the Marines and was based at Camp Elliott in San Diego, California. Eckert was killed on April 12, 1945 in Okinawa during World War II.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week Reser’s Main St Bistro returns to the No. 20 Camry for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • RESER’S MAIN ST BISTRO FAVORITES IN CHARLOTTE: These three Main St Bistro delicious refrigerated sides are winners in the Carolinas:
    • Roasted Sea Salt & Black Pepper Potatoes – A medley of fully-oven roasted sliced baby red, yellow, and purple potatoes seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.  These tasty roasted potatoes are ready in minutes and come in a grill-safe tray – perfect for tailgating.
    • Baked Macaroni & Cheese – A rich and flavorful fully baked macaroni and cheese casserole with real milk, cheddar cheese and that distinct golden-brown baked appearance. A favorite with children and adults alike!  
    • Baked Scalloped Potatoes – This tasty fully baked side combines fresh sliced potatoes with real milk, butter, and golden-brown melted cheddar cheese.  With its made from scratch taste and appearance, everyone will think it’s homemade.
    • Main St Bistro side dishes are available at Food Lion, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Ingles, Publix, Lowes, Bi-Lo, Kroger, and other grocery retailers in the Carolinas.
  • ALL-STAR RACE RECAP: Jones qualified for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race in the seventh position, but after some damage to the No. 20 Camry and several cut tires, Jones was forced to the garage and credited with a 19th-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2019. Coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
3 0 0 1 0 0 15.7 14.3

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
12 0 3 5 0 44 17.1 14.2

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
87 1 17 37 2 454 13.1 15.6

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Charlotte has been a pretty good track for us in the past and one where I have run well. This weekend is one of our longest races of the year, and with the hot temperatures, we’ll definitely have to do our work and prepare for not only the race, but prepare ourselves for the long day and night. It’s also a special weekend with how we honor the military. NASCAR does a really good job every weekend of honoring our military, but to carry a fallen soldier on our car adds to how special this weekend is. This will be the first time I am carrying someone with a tie to me and I’m honored to carry my mom’s uncle, Richard Eckert, on the No. 20 Camry this weekend. I think we’ll have a good race and hopefully we can end the night with our first win of the season.”

 

About Reser’s Fine Foods: 

Family owned and operated, Reser’s is the leading provider of fresh refrigerated deli salads, side dishes and prepared foods. For more than 65 years, Reser’s has been making fun times easy and affordable for every family. Reser’s famous deli salads and sides are family favorites at the race track, picnics, BBQs and tailgates.  Founded in 1950, the company remains committed to providing delicious refrigerated foods for the supermarket and food service industries. Reser’s operates 14 facilities in the United States and Mexico and employs more than 4,500 employees in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Visit  www.resers.com.

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May 20th, 2019 |

Erik Jones and CRAFTSMAN Team Finish 19th in All-Star Race

 

Box Score Info:

Date: May 18, 2019

Event: Monster Energy All-Star Race (non-points event)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

Format: 85 Laps (Stages: 30 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 15 laps)

Start/Finish: 7th/19th (Completed 77 of 88 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 3 Winner: Joey Logano

 

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-33)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway from seventh and finished stage one 19th.
  • Starting the race from the seventh position, Jones radioed the team early in the stage that the No. 20 Camry was tight-handling. The caution was displayed on lap 25 after Jones made contact with the wall in turn four and the right-rear tire went down. The team made multiple stops under the caution to change tires and repair damage to the CRAFTSMAN Camry.
  • The race restarted on lap 30 with Jones scored 19th where he would remain when the stage ended on lap 33, three laps beyond the scheduled distance.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 34-53)

  • Jones started stage two from 19th and ended 10th.
  • Stage two started on lap 34 with Jones making quick moves to advance from 19th to 11th when the caution waved on lap 35 for a multi-car accident. The team opted to stay out under the caution and Jones restarted the race from 11th on lap 39.
  • The stage ended on lap 53 with Jones scored 10th. Hitting pit road under the caution for four tires, fuel and a big adjustment to help free up the CRAFTSMAN Camry, Jones was tagged for too fast on pit road and had to restart the race from the tail end of the field in the 17th position on lap 54.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 54-73)

  • Jones started the third stage from 17th and ended eighth.
  • With the race back underway for stage three, Jones again made quick work of the restart and moved back in to the top 10 on lap 55.
  • Moving up to ninth, Jones was making a pass when contact between two competitors collected the No. 20 Camry causing significant right-side damage. Jones pitted under the caution for right-side tires and for the team to assess the damage. Determining the damage was only to the body of the car, the team was able to make repairs and send Jones back on the track for the lap 62 restart.
  • Making his way back in to the top 10, Jones was scored eighth when the caution waved on lap 73 to end stage three.

 

Stage 4 Recap (Laps 74-88)

  • Jones started the final stage from third and finished the race 19th.
  • Opting to stay out under the lap 73 caution, Jones restarted the race from third on lap 74.
  • Unfortunately, Jones received damage to the left rear on the restart and had to pit under caution on lap 77 for a flat left-rear tire. The team made repairs to the CRAFTSMAN Camry and Jones returned to the track, but another flat tire ended the team’s day one lap later.
  • Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN team were credited with a 19th-place finish.

 

Additional Notes

  • Jones qualified for the 2019 All-Star race with his win last season at Daytona International Speedway in July.

 

Next Race: Staying in front the home crowd, teams return to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26, 2019 for the Coca-Cola 600. The race is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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May 17th, 2019 |

Monster Energy All Star Qualifying

Friday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series took to the race track for a modified qualifying session to set the field for the exclusive non-points All-Star race event. The timed qualifying lap would include a live pit road visit executed by each driver’s over the wall pit crew. Earlier in the day Erik Jones and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team ran speeds that produced top-10 practice laps, finishing 7th quick in final practice. The team continued that momentum with a strong qualifying run over 178.000 mph also earning a 7th place starting position for the Saturday night main event. Should Jones pull off the All-Star victory with his Craftsman team, he takes home a cool $1 million in prize money. Post qualifying the driver commented on his chances, “Qualifying with a live pit stop was different. I got a few runs in earlier trying to figure it out. I didn’t know how much you really had to adjust for how much grip it was going to gain and I changed some stuff – brakes settings-wise – so all that kind of together got me in the box pretty slow. Not too bad. We’ll start from there. Obviously we’ll be in the top 10, so that’s a good thing. The Craftsman Camry has got a lot of speed.”

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May 16th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Charlotte Motor Speedway All-Star Race

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY ALL-STAR RACE: With his win last season at Daytona International Speedway in July, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team qualified for the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star race. This will mark the first year for Jones to compete in the event after narrowly missing qualifying his way in to the event the last two seasons. In 2017 Jones was attempting a late-race pass that took him out of contention and last season he was runner up in his qualifying race, missing the main event both seasons.
  • JGR AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY ALL-STAR RACE: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has won the Monster Energy All-Star race on two occasions. Denny Hamlin won for the team in 2015 and most recently, Kyle Busch took home the million dollar payout in 2017.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week CRAFTSMAN returns to the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Jones and the No. 20 team racing for their chance to win $1 million.
  • KANSAS RECAP: Jones started the race at Kansas Speedway from the sixth position and had an eventful stage one that saw the No. 20 Camry receive damage to the right front fender. Following repairs to the car, Jones was able to battle his way back to the top 10 and with speed on his side, finished the race with a solid third-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019. Coverage of the star-studded event will kick off at 6:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, MRN and  SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
12 0 3 5 0 44 17.1 14.2

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
87 1 17 27 2 454 13.1 15.6

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: What does it mean to compete for a million dollars in the All-Star race?

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s finally my first year that I get to run it. I missed it the last two years so it’s nice to actually be in it this year and have a shot to race for it. I’m excited for that. I’ve been sitting on my couch back home watching it. It’s great. I love this month coming up just being at home for a couple weeks and not having to get on a plane and travel. You get a lot of friends and family that come and stay in town and that’s always fun. A million bucks, who doesn’t want to win that? It’s a great race. You look at the history of it and some of the shows that have been put on at that race and it’s something that I think we all look forward to as a driver to have an opportunity to go and compete in.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “It’s good to be home for a couple weeks, and back racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s pretty cool to be participating in the All-Star race for the first time with Erik and this 20 team. It’s good knowing you’re locked in to the event, and allows you to focus more on the All-Star race format and the unique qualifying format for the cars locked into the event. Normally you could use the All-Star event as a tune up for the Coca-Cola 600, but with some of the rule changes for this weekend, it doesn’t make it quite as useful. It’s still a good momentum builder and we’ll do what we can to gleam a little bit of info from this weekend to apply to the 600 the next weekend. Charlotte has been a really good track for Erik and the 20 team in the past, and I expect to carry the momentum from the last few weeks to both All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. I really feel like we can go compete for our first win in 2019 over the next two weeks at this race track. Just excited to get to the track and continue the progress we’ve been making this season.”

 

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.

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Proud to carry my great uncle Corporal Richard Ellis Eckert on the @Resers #Camry this Memorial Day weekend. He served in the Marines and was killed in action on April 12, 1945. Thank you to all those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice. #NASCARSalutes

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Congrats on being voted into the #NASCARHOF Coach! Proud to drive for you and thankful for all you have done for my career.

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