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September 20th, 2020 |

Strong Run for Erik Jones and Auto-Owners Insurance Team at Bristol Motor Speedway with Third-Place Finish

Date: September 19, 2020

Event: Bass Pro Shops Night Race (Round 29 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway (.533-mile Oval)

Format: 500 laps (3 Stages: 125 laps / 250 laps / 500 laps)

Start/Finish: 20th/3rd (Running, Completed 500 of 500 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 125)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry team started Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway from the 20th position and finished stage one in 16th.
  • Following two pre-race inspection failures, Jones was forced to drop to the rear of the field for the initial start of Saturday night’s race.
  • Focused on gaining one position at a time, Jones was scored in the 21st position when the first caution flag waved on lap 28 for a multiple-car accident. The caution also served as the competition caution scheduled for lap 30. Happy with the handling of his Camry, Jones pitted for four tires and fuel. Unable to cleanly exit the pit box, Jones had to back up before exiting and lost several positions on pit road. Jones restarted the race from 24th on lap 40.
  • The stage remained green until lap 125 when the caution flag waved to end the stage. With the handling of the Auto-Owners Insurance Camry a little tight, Jones pitted for four tires and fuel.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 126 – 250)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 19th position and finished the stage in ninth place.
  • The race restarted on lap 136 for the start of stage two with Jones and the No. 20 team in the 19th position.
  • As the race continued under a long green-flag run, the caution flag waved on lap 233. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. The race restarted with less than 10 laps remaining in stage two with the Auto-Owners Insurance team in the ninth position.
  • With one lap remaining in the stage, the caution flag waved for an on-track incident on lap 249 and remained under caution to end the stage. The team opted to stay out under the caution.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 251 – 500)

  • Jones started the final stage from the ninth position and finished the race with a third-place finish.
  • With 240 laps remaining in the race, Jones started the final stage of the race from the ninth position.
  • Closing in on a green-flag pit stop, Jones was running in the sixth position, as the last car on the lead lap, when the caution waved on lap 406. With the handling of the No. 20 Camry just a little snug, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and a small air-pressure adjustment. The race restarted on lap 418 with Jones in the fourth position.
  • Quickly moving up to third following the restart, Jones was able to close in on the leaders late in the race, but was unable to get close enough to contend for the win.
  • With a strong run in the 500-lap race, Jones tied his season-best finish of third.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 3rd

How was your race tonight?
“It was, I guess, a solid day. I felt like we had a good car out there in the end. We had to start in the back and that took a while to work through there and get some track position. It’s pretty challenging to pass here even though it’s a short track. A good run. The Auto-Owners Insurance Camry got better all night, and honestly, the last run of the race was our best. We got up there into third and I kind of knew I couldn’t beat those guys straight up. So, I tried to stay a little bit on the front half of the run and run at the end hard and just kind of ran out of time. I had just got to those guys when I took the checkered, so a good day. It was nice to be up there in contention at the end, but close again at Bristol. Especially in this race. We’ve been close a few times, just want to close one out here soon.”

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished second, Denny Hamlin finished 21st and Martin Truex Jr. finished 24th.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 27, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBCSN, PRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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September 17th, 2020 | nascar.com

Bristol Qualifying Report – Erik Jones Starting 20th

The NASCAR Cup Series is back at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race set to take place under the lights Saturday night.  All events prior to the race, including practice sessions and qualifying, remain cancelled in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the track among crew members, drivers, and track personnel. NASCAR is continuing to implement the new method of determining race line-ups that factors in each driver’s finishing position from the previous race, ranking in team owner points and the fastest lap from the previous race.

Erik Jones in the No. 20 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry will be starting in the 20th position for Saturday night’s race. The starting lineup was determined by a random live drawing that was aired on FS1’s “Race Hub”.

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September 16th, 2020 |

No. 20 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry Preview (NCS) – Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway

No. 20 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his eighth-career Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway when teams return to the Tennessee short track for Saturday night’s race. In his previous seven starts at the track, Jones has one pole, three top-five finishes and has led 293. His best-career finish in the Cup Series is a second-place finish from his rookie season in 2017 where he led 260 of 500 laps before finishing in the runner-up position to Kyle Busch. In the Xfinity Series, Jones has six starts with two wins and in the Truck Series, he has start with a sixth-place finish.
  • JGR AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 142 total starts at Bristol Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 13 wins, 36 top-five finishes, 54 top-10 finishes and 11 pole starting positions. The team has led 6,064 laps, completed 66,391 of 70,934 attempted laps (93.6%) and earned an average start of 14.6 and an average finish of 17.1. Kyle Busch leads the team with seven wins followed by Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth with two wins each and Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards each have one win for the team.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the No. 20 Toyota Camry will carry Auto-Owners Insurance. Established in 1916, Auto-Owners Insurance Group is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan. Recognized for exceptional financial strength and stability, it is among the nation’s largest insurers and writes more than five million policies annually. The company is represented by 48,000 licensed agents in 26 states and offers multiple lines of insurance including life, home, auto and business. This will be the second and final time the special Simple Human Sense scheme will appear on the No. 20 Toyota Camry this season.
  • STARTING LINE UP: Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team will start Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway from the 24th position.
  • RICHMOND RECAP:  Starting the Saturday night race at Richmond Raceway from the 17th position, Jones and the No. 20 team struggled with a tight-handling Camry most of the race and with limited cautions and opportunities to adjust on the car, finished the race in 22nd place, two laps down to the leaders.
  • RACE INFO: The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
7 0 3 3 1 293 10.0 14.4

 

Jones 2020 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
28 0 6 9 0 49 17.9 17.2

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
139 2 30 58 2 631 14..2 16.2

 

From the Driver’s Seat: 

Erik Jones: “Bristol has always been one of my favorite tracks and a track where I feel we have a shot at the win every time we show up. We’ve been so close to the win there the last few years and had a top-five finish earlier this year. We’ve always got good speed and have fast cars, and that’s a good feeling to know we are going there and should be in contention from the start of the race. We should start mid pack and we’ve got 500 miles to get to the front and put ourselves in the right spot at the end to give ourselves a shot at the win. I’m excited to get to Bristol. It’s always a fun race and I’m looking forward to getting Auto-Owners Insurance a good finish in their last race of the year with the 20 team.”

 

About Auto-Owners Insurance

Established in 1916 and headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Auto-Owners Insurance Group is the 15th-largest property/casualty insurance group in the nation, based on written premium of over $7.4 billion. The company also ranks 375th on the Fortune 500 list. Auto-Owners is one of nine insurance carrier groups in the U.S. to receive the highest rating possible, A++ Superior, by A.M. Best, which is a nationally recognized rating agency for insurance companies. Auto-Owners offers auto, home, business and life insurance through more than 44,000 licensed independent agents in its 26 operating states. Auto-Owners owns Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company which sells excess and surplus lines polices in 49 states and is affiliated with Concord General Mutual which sells property & casualty products in four states. Auto-Owners employs over 5,000 associates nationwide. Find your agent at auto-owners.com, and connect with Auto-Owners Insurance on Facebook and Twitter (@AutoOwnersIns).

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September 13th, 2020 |

Erik Jones / No. 20 IRWIN SPEEDBOR Toyota Camry Preview Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway

No. 20 IRWIN SPEEDBOR Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: Erik Jones will make his seventh-career Cup Series start at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night, under the lights, for the Federated Auto Parts 400. In his previous six starts at the Virginia short track, Jones has four top-15 finishes with a career-best finish of sixth during his rookie season in 2017. In addition to his Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has four starts in the Xfinity Series with three top-five finishes and a career-best finish of second in 2016.
  • JGR AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 139 total starts at Richmond Raceway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 16 wins, 46 top-five finishes, 75 top-10 finishes and 11 pole starting positions. The team has led 5,058 laps, completed 54,877 of 55,686 attempted laps (98.5%) and earned an average start of 13.9 and an average finish of 12.4. Kyle Busch leads the team with six wins followed by Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin with three wins each, martin Truex Jr. with two wins and Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards with one win each.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For the second time this season, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team will carry IRWIN SPEEDBOR as the primary partner. IRWIN tools is a Stanley Black and Decker brand and was featured on the No. 20 Camry at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this season where Jones finished 23rd.
  • STARTING LINE UP: Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team will start Saturday night’s race at Richmond Raceway from the 17th position.
  • DARLINGTON RECAP:  Returning to Darlington Raceway as the defending Southern 500 winners, Jones and the No. 20 team had a strong showing with a fourth-place finish. Jones started the race from 30th and finished stage one in 11th place and stage two in seventh place. With a fast Camry, Jones was able to run as high as third before finishing the Southern 500 with a solid fourth-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Richmond Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
6 0 0 1 0 0 16.0 20.0

 

Jones 2020 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
27 0 6 9 0 49 17.9 17.1

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
138 2 30 58 2 631 14..2 16.2

 

From the Driver’s Seat: 

Erik Jones: “Richmond has been a pretty good track to me in the past in the Cup Series and in the Xfinity Series. Last year we had one of our best finishes, but the record books don’t show it. I think we can go out and have a good run this weekend and leave with a top five finish and have a good shot at the win. We had a good run last week at Darlington and I know we have what it takes to win, we just need everything to line up and fall in place at the right time. It should be a fun race and I’m looking forward to getting a strong finish for IRWIN for their last race with us this season.”

 

About IRWIN:

IRWIN® manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN® brand including VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, MARPLES® fine woodworking tools, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Stanley Black & Decker. For more information, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com.

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September 10th, 2020 |

No. 20 IRWIN SPEEDBOR Toyota Camry Preview (NCS) – Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway

No. 20 IRWIN SPEEDBOR Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: Erik Jones will make his seventh-career Cup Series start at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night, under the lights, for the Federated Auto Parts 400. In his previous six starts at the Virginia short track, Jones has four top-15 finishes with a career-best finish of sixth during his rookie season in 2017. In addition to his Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has four starts in the Xfinity Series with three top-five finishes and a career-best finish of second in 2016.
  • JGR AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 139 total starts at Richmond Raceway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 16 wins, 46 top-five finishes, 75 top-10 finishes and 11 pole starting positions. The team has led 5,058 laps, completed 54,877 of 55,686 attempted laps (98.5%) and earned an average start of 13.9 and an average finish of 12.4. Kyle Busch leads the team with six wins followed by Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin with three wins each, martin Truex Jr. with two wins and Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards with one win each.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For the second time this season, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team will carry IRWIN SPEEDBOR as the primary partner. IRWIN tools is a Stanley Black and Decker brand and was featured on the No. 20 Camry at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this season where Jones finished 23rd.
  • STARTING LINE UP: Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team will start Saturday night’s race at Richmond Raceway from the 17th position.
  • DARLINGTON RECAP:  Returning to Darlington Raceway as the defending Southern 500 winners, Jones and the No. 20 team had a strong showing with a fourth-place finish. Jones started the race from 30th and finished stage one in 11th place and stage two in seventh place. With a fast Camry, Jones was able to run as high as third before finishing the Southern 500 with a solid fourth-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Richmond Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
6 0 0 1 0 0 16.0 20.0

 

Jones 2020 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
27 0 6 9 0 49 17.9 17.1

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
138 2 30 58 2 631 14..2 16.2

 

From the Driver’s Seat: 

Erik Jones: “Richmond has been a pretty good track to me in the past in the Cup Series and in the Xfinity Series. Last year we had one of our best finishes, but the record books don’t show it. I think we can go out and have a good run this weekend and leave with a top five finish and have a good shot at the win. We had a good run last week at Darlington and I know we have what it takes to win, we just need everything to line up and fall in place at the right time. It should be a fun race and I’m looking forward to getting a strong finish for IRWIN for their last race with us this season.”

 

About IRWIN:

IRWIN® manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN® brand including VISE-GRIP® pliers and wrenches, MARATHON® saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits, MARPLES® fine woodworking tools, and HANSON® taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Stanley Black & Decker. For more information, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com.

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