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November 18th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes Third in Season Finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: November 17, 2019

Event: Ford Ecoboost 400 (Race 36 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

Format: 267 Laps (Stages: 80 laps / 160 laps / 267 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/3rd (Completed 267 of 267)

Point Standings: 16th


Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started the final race of the season from the 16th position and ended stage one in 10th place.
  • With rain washing out practice on Friday, NASCAR opted to cancel Saturday’s qualifying session for practice, placing the No. 20 team with the 16th starting position.
  • Struggling with tight conditions early in the stage, Jones slipped as low as 20th before starting to make his way back to the top 15.
  • Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 35 for a green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to help with the handling. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored in 16th.
  • The caution waved on lap 80 to end stage one with Jones in the 13th position as the last car on the lead lap. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments to improve the handling of the DEWALT Camry.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160)

  • Jones started stage two from the 10th position and ended the stage in eighth.
  • The race restarted on lap 86 with Jones in the 10th position and as the race continued under a long green-flag run, Jones was called to pit road on lap 117 for a routine stop.
  • Continuing to run in the top 10, Jones was scored ninth when the caution waved on lap 136. Relaying to the team that he was still too tight early in the run, Gayle called Jones to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and another set of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 142 with Jones in ninth place.
  • Dropping a few spots to 12th following the restart, Jones made his way back to eighth before the caution waved on lap 160 to end stage two. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments during the stage break.


Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267)

  • Jones started the final stage from the eighth position and finished the race with a third-place finish.
  • The race restarted on lap 166 with Jones and the DEWALT team scored in the eighth position. Jones immediately began running some of the fastest laps of the race and started to pick off one competitor at a time to move in to the top five on lap 202.
  • Remaining green for the remainder of the race, Jones was able to finish the season with a strong third-place finish.


ERIK JONES, No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

How was your race tonight?

“It was up and down for us. It really started pretty far off and just got our car really good by the end. I was feeling pretty confident the last stage. We were able to pick up a lot of ground and had the fastest car for a little bit, but got in the wall one too many times and didn’t have a shot at the end. It was a good day. Those guys are the best – the 18 (Kyle Busch) and the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.), so to run with them was a good feeling. The DEWALT Camry was good at the end. It was nice to finish off the year strong because the last two here haven’t been very good to us, so it was good.”


Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch won the race and the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Teammate Martin Truex, Jr. finished second and Denny Hamlin finished 10th.
  • Jones finished the season with one win, 10 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes.
  • Jones finished the season 16th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings.
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November 15th, 2019 |

Homestead-Miami Speedway Qualifying Replaced with Practice; Field Set by Rule Book

Homestead-Miami Speedway and the surrounding south Florida areas saw rain showers most of the day on Friday, what was scheduled to be practice day for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) field. As the season-finale race is important to naming a MENCS Champion for the 2019 season, NASCAR made a decision that would alter the Saturday on-track schedule. Instead of an afternoon qualifying session, Erik Jones and the No. 20 DeWalt team, along with the full field, would take to the track for a one-hour practice session in preparation for Sunday’s main event. NASCAR therefore set the field based on the rule book and points, setting Jones in row eight, starting 16th as per his position in the final Playoff Standings. The Championship determining main event will roll off at 3:00pm ET and will be broadcast on NBC. The MENCS garage will then take a hiatus and return for the 2020 race season once again, at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona, Florida on Sunday, February 9th for the qualifying of the Daytona 500 “Great American Race.”

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November 12th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Homestead-Miami Speedway

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY: For the final race of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, teams head to sunny Florida to the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. With only two Cup Series starts at the track, Erik Jones has a best finish of 21st in 2017. Jones also has two starts at the track in the Xfinity Series with a career-best finish of third in 2015. With one lone start at the track in the Truck Series, Jones finished sixth in 2015 on his way to capturing the Truck Series championship.
  • JGR AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 59 total starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned six wins, 15 top-five finishes, 30 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 1,303 laps, completed 15,536 of 15,768 attempted laps (98.5%) and earned an average start of 14.8 and an average finish of 14.5. Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin each have two wins for JGR at the south Florida track with Bobby Labonte and Kyle Busch with one win each.
  • MAKING HISTORY: With Denny Hamlin’s win last weekend at ISM Raceway, JGR ties Hendrick Motorsports with the most Cup Series wins in one season at 18 and becomes the first team to have three drivers advance to the final four for the championship race.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week DEWALT returns to the No. 20 Toyota Camry for the final race of the 2019 season.
  • PHOENIX RACE RECAP: Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team started the race at ISM Raceway from the ninth position and ran most of the 334-lap race in the top 10 before finishing with a strong seventh-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 17, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN Radio, SIRIUS XM Channel 90 and the NBC Sports App.


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Homestead-Miami Speedway: 

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 0 0 0 0 10.5 24.0


Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
35 1 9 16 0 172 14.9 16.6


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
110 2 23 48 2 582 13.2 16.1


From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Coming off a top 10 at Phoenix, the 20 team is looking to finish the season strong and start building on the 2020 season. Homestead is a tough track and one I have run well at in the Truck and Xfinity Series, but struggled at a little on the Cup side. It’s a place where you have to run so close to the wall and really find the line with getting close enough and still having speed without getting too close and damaging your car. I always enjoy running at Homestead and think we can go there, have a good day on the track and on pit road and leave with a solid finish to end the 2019 season.”


From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “This week is always a tough race, and really pretty unique with the 2019 aero package and such an abrasive track surface at Homestead. The balance of short-run speed and long-run speed is tough to compromise. It’s also a tough place to stay out of trouble since the line really moves up, and it’s risky to race at the wall for the majority of the race. The 20 team is looking forward to closing out the season with a solid run and hopefully helping JGR celebrate a championship.”



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November 10th, 2019 |

Erik Jones, No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Race Recap for Bluegreen Vacations 500k

Date: Nov. 10, 2019

Event: Bluegreen Vacations 500k (Round 35 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: ISM Raceway near Phoenix (1-mile oval)

Format: 312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/162 laps)

Start/Finish: 9th/7th (Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)

Point Standing: 16th (2,157 points)

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

Jones started ninth and finished 13th.

At lap 25, the driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry reported that his racecar was “really, really tight” and “getting worse every lap.”

Jones dropped a spot after the start and steadily ran 10th until catching up to lapped traffic with less than 20 laps to go.

The Interstate Batteries driver fell to 11th as he maneuvered through the tail end of the lapped pack.

When the first caution of the race came out with nine laps to go in the stage, Jones and most of the lead pack pitted.

After quick work in the pits, Jones restarted in 10th.

As the drivers raced the final two laps of the stage, Jones was shuffled as far back as 15th before making up two spots to finish 13th.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):

Jones started 11th, finished 17th.

The Interstate Batteries driver was running in 13th at lap 90.

With 35 laps to go in the stage, Jones had fallen slightly to 16th. He held steady there as racing stayed caution-free.

Jones got passed with less than 10 laps to go and remained in 17th to finish the stage.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 151-312):

Jones started 19th, finished seventh.

During the post-stage caution at lap 153, Jones brought the No. 20 to pit road, entering in 17th and exiting to restart 19th.

The Interstate Batteries driver quickly shot up to 12th after the lap-160 restart and was up to 11th by lap 165.

The caution came out on lap 166 for a single-car incident when the No. 9 of Chase Elliott had an issue that sent it smashing into the wall.

On the ensuing lap-173 restart, Jones vaulted up to eighth.

Jones kept the No. 20 in the eighth spot for the next 40 laps, then briefly fell back as far as 10th.

Green-flag pit stops began on lap 244, and Jones had advanced to fifth when he brought the Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to pit road at lap 247.

Jones returned to the track in ninth, then advanced to eighth.

As Jones ran in eighth for the next 60 laps, racing stayed green until a caution was called with nine laps to go.

He pitted during the caution for four tires and fuel for the final push to the checkered flag.

Jones came out in eighth and raced up to seventh to finish the race.


Jones’ seventh-place finish is his 16th top-10 of the season and his fourth top-10 in seven career races at Phoenix.

Denny Hamlin won the Bluegreen Vacations 500k to score his 37th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his sixth of the season and his third at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .377 of a second.

There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.

Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Bluegreen Vacations 500k finished on the lead lap.

Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

We struggled with the handling on our Interstate Camry early in the race. We made good adjustments but track position was everything. We had a really fast racecar at the end but we just needed a few more cautions. We had a solid top-10 day and we’re ready to head to Homestead to finish up the season.”

Team Interstate Results:

Denny Hamlin finished first.

Kyle Busch finished second.

Martin Truex Jr. finished sixth.

Erik Jones finished seventh.

Team Interstate Points:

Martin Truex Jr. (5,000 points) – CLINCHED BERTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Denny Hamlin (5,000 points) – CLINCHED BERTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Kyle Busch (5,000 points) – CLINCHED BERTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Erik Jones (16th with 2,157 points)

Next Up: The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final race of the 10-race playoffs starts at 3 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC.

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November 9th, 2019 |

Phoenix II Qualifying Report

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) took to ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona for the second time this season. This weekend’s event begins what is sure to be an exciting two-race finish to crown the 2019 season champion. While Erik Jones and the No. 20 team are no longer Playoff contenders, they have been running strong and look to secure a solid finish on Sunday. Two practice sessions on Friday allowed time for crew chief Chris Gayle to work with Jones and team to adjust the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota. While they posted speeds in the top-15 they are hopeful for a better race result. On Saturday the team took to the 1.5-mile track for one two-lap qualifying session, posting a 9th quick lap time at 138.862 mph, for a row-five race start. When asked afterwards if the aero package this weekend suits his driving style, Jones remarked, “As a driver you kind of take every race car to its capability. I don’t know that this package suits or doesn’t suit my driving style, it’s just something different from the old package.” On Sunday the MENCS race field will take the green flag at 2:30pm ET, broadcast on NBC.

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