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November 8th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 22nd in Season Finale at Phoenix Raceway

Date: November 8, 2020

Event: Season Finale 500 (Round 36 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Phoenix Raceway (1.0-mile Oval)

Format: 312 laps (3 Stages: 75 laps / 190 laps / 312 laps)

Start/Finish: 14th/22nd (Running, Completed 311 of 312 laps)

 

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner:  Brad Keselowski

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 75)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Atomic Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway from the 14th position and finished stage one in 12th place.
  • For the final race of the 2020 season, Jones and the No. 20 team started the race from the 14th position and moved up to 12th before slipping back to 14th when the caution waved on lap 30 for the scheduled competition caution. With the handling on the loose side, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 36 with Jones scored 13th.
  • The stage remained green until lap 74 when the caution waved to end the stage. Jones again pitted for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76 – 190)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 11th position and finished the stage in 20th place.
  • The second stage went green on lap 82 with Jones in the 11th position.
  • Continuing to struggle with the handling of the No. 20 Camry, Jones made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 139 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • The caution waved on lap 160 with Jones in the 19th position. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 166 with Jones in the 15th position.
  • Twenty four laps later, the caution waved on lap 190 to end the stage. Jones pitted from the 20th position for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 191 – 312)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 19th position and finished the race with a 22nd-place finish.
  • The final stage of the race started on lap 200 with Jones in the 19th position.
  • The stage ran in its entirety under green-flag conditions with Jones making his final scheduled stop on lap 250.
  • As the race continued, Jones slipped off the lead lap and finished the race in the 22nd position.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Jones finished the 2020 season with nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin finished fourth, Martin Truex Jr. finished 10th and Kyle Busch finished 11th.
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November 6th, 2020 | nascar.com

Phoenix Qualifying Report – Erik Jones Starting 14th

It is the final race of the 2020 NASCAR cup series season! The championship finale is set to take place at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday afternoon. 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 DeWALT ATOMIC Toyota Camry will be starting in the 14th position for Sunday’s race. Tune in Sunday at 3:00pm EST on NBC to watch the final four battle for a championship.

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November 5th, 2020 |

No. 20 DEWALT ATOMIC Toyota Camry Preview (NCS) – Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway

No. 20 DEWALT ATOMIC Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT PHOENIX RACEWAY: Erik Jones will make his ninth-career Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday afternoon for the 2020 season finale. In his previous eight starts at the Arizona short track, Jones has four top-10 finishes with a career-best finish of fourth in 2017. In addition to his Cup Series starts, Jones has seven starts at the track in the Xfinity Series with five top-five finishes and all seven finishes in the top 10. In the Truck Series, Phoenix Raceway will always hold a special place for Jones as the location of his first-career Truck Series win and first win NASCAR’s top-three series. Including his memorable first win, Jones has two wins and a ninth-place finish in just three starts in the Truck Series at the one-mile track.
  • JGR AT PHOENIX RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 123 total starts at Phoenix Raceway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned six wins, 38 top-five finishes, 64 top-10 finishes and six pole starting positions. The team has led 2,492 laps, completed 37,385 of 38,265 attempted laps (97.7%) and earned an average start of 11.0 and an average finish of 13.1. Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch lead the team with two wins each and Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have each earned one win for the team.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: DEWALT ATOMIC:
    • For the final race of the 2020 season, the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry will carry a special paint scheme featuring DEWALT ATOMIC.
    • The ATOMIC Compact Series ™ is an addition to the 20V MAX* system, which is DEWALT’s largest cordless platform with 200+ products.
    • Where Size Meets Power, the ATOMIC™ Compact Series combines performance and durability in a compact format for a variety of applications.
  • STARTING LINE UP: Erik Jones and the No. 20 team will start Sunday’s race from the 14th position.
  • MARTINSVILLE RECAP: Jones started the race at Martinsville Speedway from the 19th position and finished stage one in the 12th position and finished stage two in 17th. During the final stage, Jones was able to run as high as ninth before finishing the race with a solid 12th-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2020. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Phoenix Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
8 0 1 4 0 11 9.0 15.1

 

Jones 2020 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
35 0 9 13 0 65 17.5 15.8

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
146 2 33 62 2 647 14.2 15.9

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to going to Phoenix this weekend and ending the season with a strong run. Phoenix has always been a good track for me, winning my first NASCAR race early in my Truck career and coming really close to winning in both Xfinity and Cup. We had a really good car earlier this year at Phoenix, but spun late in the race and that took us out of contention. I’m excited for this weekend and think we have a shot to end the season and my time in the 20 car with a win. It would be really cool to be able to get a win and celebrate with everyone at JGR and all the partners who have been with me during my time at JGR. I’m ready to get there this weekend and see what we can do.”

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November 2nd, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 12th at Martinsville Speedway

Date: November 1, 2020

Event: Xfinity 500 (Round 35 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Martinsville Speedway (.526-mile Paperclip Oval)

Format: 500 laps (3 Stages: 130 laps / 260 laps / 500 laps)

Start/Finish: 19th/12th (Running, Completed 500 of 500 laps)

 

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 130)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway from the 19th position and finished stage one in 12th place.
  • With two races left in the 2020 season, Jones rolled off the grid at Martinsville Speedway in the 19th position and made his was to 14th before the competition caution on lap 60. Pretty happy with the handling, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment. The race restarted on lap 68 with Jones in 15th.
  • With several cautions throughout the second half of stage one, Jones was able to maintain his position in the top 15 to finish the first stage in 12th. The team called Jones to pit road for his third stop of the race for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 131 – 260)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 16th position and finished the stage in 17th place.
  • With the second stage underway on lap 139, Jones moved from 16th to 13th before the caution waved on lap 184. The team pitted for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. Unfortunately, a wrench was left in the car when Jones left pit road and he was forced to make a second stop to remove the equipment and had to restart the race from the tail end of the longest line. The race restarted on lap 192 with the No. 20 team in 30th.
  • The caution waved on lap 260 to end stage two with Jones in the 17th position. Struggling with the previous set of changes and how it affected the No. 20 Camry, Jones pitted during the caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 261 – 500)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 16th position and finished the race with a 12th-place finish.
  • The final stage from the Virginia short track went green on lap 268 with Jones in the 16th position. With handling close to his liking, Jones made his way in to the top 10 and continued to make routine stops for four tires, fuel and adjustments to continue improving the handling.
  • Jones restarted the race for the final time on lap 449 from the 11th position and crossed the finish line with a solid 12th-place finish.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch finished ninth, Denny Hamlin finished 11th and Martin Truex Jr. finished 22nd.

 

Up Next: For the 2020 season finale, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, November 8, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC, MRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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October 30th, 2020 |

No. 20 Toyota Camry Preview (NCS) – Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway

No. 20 Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his eighth Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday afternoon. In his previous seven starts in the Cup Series at the Virginia short-track, Jones has a career-best finish of seventh in 2017. In addition to his Cup Series starts, Jones has five Truck Series starts at the track, including his first-career NASCAR start in 2013 when he was just 16 years old. Of those five starts, his best finish is third in 2015.
  • JGR AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 142 total starts at Martinsville Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 12 wins, 50 top-five finishes, 76 top-10 finishes and 10 pole starting positions. The team has led 5,518 laps, completed 68,936 of 70,978 attempted laps (97.1%) and earned an average start of 12.8 and an average finish of 13.0. Denny Hamlin leads the team with five wins, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. each have two wins for JGR at the track and Bobby Labonte has one win for JGR at the Virginia short track.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For this week’s race at Martinsville Speedway, Jones will have Toyota as the primary partner on the No. 20 Camry.
  • STARTING LINE UP: Erik Jones and the No. 20 team will start Sunday’s race from the 19th position.
  • TEXAS RECAP: Jones and the No. 20 team started the race at Texas Motor Speedway from the 17th position. Following a three-day rain delay, Jones was able to run up front and lead laps, but was caught a lap down late in the race during green-flag pit stops and finished with a 21st-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 1, 2020. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Martinsville Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
7 0 0 0 0 0 13.7 21.6

 

Jones 2020 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
34 0 9 13 0 65 17.4 15.9

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
145 2 33 62 2 647 14.2 16.0

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Martinsville has been kind of a challenging track for us, but I think the last few times we’ve been there we’ve actually been pretty decent, just haven’t got the results we’ve wanted. That’s kind of been our struggle this year, we’ve had pretty fast cars and just had some things not go our way. We’ve had some parts failures, I’ve made some mistakes and we haven’t gotten the finishes we deserve. We’ve got better the last few weeks and put together some good finishes and that’s been nice. Martinsville has definitely been my toughest track on the schedule, but I’m looking forward to getting there this weekend and having a good run. We’ve got two races left in the season and I think we can finish it with two strong races at Martinsville and Phoenix.”

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