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April 11th, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 30th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Blue-Emu Maximum Relief 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, April 11.

The lineup for the 500-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, ninth-place Bristol Motor Speedway), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 22nd-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the 0.526-mile paper-clip-shaped oval of the Martinsville Speedway from the 16th-place on Row 8.

Due to inclement weather on Saturday, April 10, the Blue-Emu Maximum Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway was red-flagged after 42 laps completed. The remainder of the short track battle was postponed to Sunday.

In a caution-filled Blue-Emu Maximum Relief 500, the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was involved in multi-car incidents in the second caution Turn 4 on Lap 51, 13th caution in Turn 2 on Lap 371, and the 14th caution in Turn 2 on Lap 386. After 403 completed laps, the Richard Petty Motorsports team went to the garage after irreparable damage.

“It was not the day we wanted for the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. It was up and down trying to find a balance to get our Chevrolet Camaro where it could roll the center and not be too free. I finally felt we got the car where we wanted to be towards the end. Then we had those string of cautions and go caught up in an incident. We did not have too much damage, but we had either an axle or gear issue that ended our day. I wish we could have seen where we would have ended up. I think we probably could have driven up towards the top-15 in the running order – maybe back of the top-10. We learned a lot though, and I think we can take it to the race coming back to Martinsville Speedway in the fall.”

-Erik Jones

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March 29th, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Tide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the ninth-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Monday, March 29.

NASCAR made the decision to cancel the qualifying races on Saturday, March 27, that were originally intended to set the field at the half-mile. After inclement weather canceled qualifying, the lineup for the 250-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 24th-place Atlanta Motor Speedway), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 25th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the half-mile track in Bristol, Tenn., from the 24th-place on row 12.

The event marked the first time the NASCAR Cup Series competed on dirt in the sport’s modern era.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as the eighth-place at the Bristol Motor Speedway, where the high-banked concrete oval was transformed into a state-of-the-art dirt racing facility. Jones posted his second top-ten finish of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

“It was a good day for our No. 43 Tide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at the Bristol Motor Speedway. We started a little bit further back in the lineup, and worked our way toward the top-10. Our Richard Petty Motorsports team ended up getting some good stage points throughout the day (Stage 2, eighth-place) and ended up coming home in ninth place. It was a solid day. What we were looking for today was getting back towards the top 10, and I think our Chevrolet Camaro was probably a little bit better than that. We just kind of ran out of laps and ran out of time the way the race was sectioned out.

“We got some good notes. We are going to do this again in the future, so hopefully we can take something we learned from today, move forward with it and bring it back next time.”

-Erik Jones

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March 21st, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones Finishes in the 24th-place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 24th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at the Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 21.

The lineup for the 325-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 20th-place Phoenix Raceway), the ranking in team owner points (35% 23rd-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the 1.54-mile(s) track in Hampton, GA., from the 22nd-place on Row 11.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as the 18th-place.

“It was just not a great day for our No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team. We struggled with speed for the most part, and never got much better. Our team will learn from it and we will focus on the Bristol Motor Speedway for next weekend.”

-Erik Jones

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March 14th, 2021 | http://richardpettymotorsports.com/

Erik Jones Finishes in the 20th-place at the Phoenix Raceway

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Medallion Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 20th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Instacart 500 at the Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway on Sunday, March 14.

The lineup for the 312-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 10th-place Las Vegas Motor Speedway), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 25th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the one-mile track in Avondale, Ariz., from the 14th-place on Row 7.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as the eighth-place at the Phoenix Raceway.

“It was not exactly the day our team was hoping for with the No. 43 Medallion Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, but there are some good things we can take from it. I thought our early and mid-run speed, especially earlier in the race, was pretty good. We were at top-15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. Then we lost the balance towards the end and ended-up slipping back and finishing in the 20th-place. So, it was not 100 percent what we wanted, but for a short track, it was a good day to build, learn and try to get better for the next one. We had good pit stops all day. We were pretty quick on pit road picking-up spots, so there are a lot of positives to take and move forward.”

-Erik Jones

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March 7th, 2021 | http://richardpettymotorsports.com/

Erik Jones Finishes in the 10th-place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Erik Jones and the NO. 43 Medallion Ban k Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 10th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 7.

The lineup for the 267-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% driver, 27th-place Homestead-Miami Speedway), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 30th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the 1.5-mile track in Las Vegas, Nev., from the 29th-place on Row 15.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as the sixth-place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“It was a really good day for Richard Petty Motorsports in the No. 43 Medallion Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. It was a good day to build on – way better than last week at the Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. We are really headed in the right direction. Our team tried a lot of different things this week, made a lot of different changes and it is just nice to see them pay-off to get a top -10 finish. That was definitely our goal for today, I felt like. Hopefully we can keep building on that and continue to get better and better each week.”

-Erik Jones

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