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February 24th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 23rd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Date: February 23, 2020

Event: Pennzoil 400 (Round 2 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)

Format: 267 laps (Stages: 80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/23rd (Running, Completed 267 of 267 laps)

Point Standings: 20th (38 points, 47 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Joey Logano  

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott

 

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Irwin SPEEDBOR Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the 16th position and finished stage one in 25th place.
  • Initially moving up to 13th on the opening laps of Sunday’s 267-lap race, Jones quickly started falling in the field after reporting he was heavily hitting the splitter on the track.
  • On lap 25, the caution waved for a scheduled competition caution and crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road from the 27th position for the first attempt to make the No. 20 Camry handle better. The crew changed four tires, added fuel and made a round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 30 with Jones in the 31st position.
  • Continuing to struggle with the handling of the Irwin Camry, Jones was scored in the 25th position when the caution waved on lap 80 to end the stage. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. The team made a second stop under the caution period to continue making changes to improve the handling.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81 – 160)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 27th position and finished the stage in 18th.
  • Stage two started with Jones in the 27th position and soon after returning to green-flag racing, Jones reported he was still hitting the splitter.
  • On lap 123, Gayle called Jones to pit road for a green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Jones retuned to the track and was scored in the 26th position.
  • The caution waved on lap 158 for a single-car incident and to end the stage on lap 160. Jones pitted from the 18th position for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The team made a second stop to change shocks in hopes to help the handling of the No. 20 Camry.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161 – 267)

  • Jones started the final stage from 27th and finished the race in 23rd.
  • The final stage went green on lap 166 with Jones in the 27th position and he immediately found himself in the middle of three-wide and four-wide racing.
  • Jones moved in to the 18th position before the caution waved on lap 176 for teammate Martin Truex Jr. With the handling improving, Jones pitted for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 181 with Jones in 21st.
  • Continuing under a long green-flag run, Jones made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 216 for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. Returning to the track, Jones was scored 19th when the caution waved on lap 220 in the middle of pit stops. Gayle opted to take the wave around to put the No. 20 Camry back on the lead lap in the 18th position for the lap 226 restart.
  • With less than 10 laps remaining in the race, the caution waved on lap 261 for a single-car incident. Jones pitted from 18th for right-side tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 265 with the No. 20 team in the 11th position. Unfortunately, while fighting for position and tight racing, Jones made contact with a competitor and sustained right-rear damage and a cut tire. Jones crossed the finish line 23rd.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished 15th, Denny Hamlin finished 17th and Truex finished 20th.

 

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series stays on the west coast and now heads to Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

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February 22nd, 2020 |

Las Vegas Qualifying Report

The NASCAR Cup series traveled west to Las Vegas to compete in the Pennzoil 400 set to take place Sunday, February 23rd. In the past, Erik has shown good speed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, capturing the pole in the 2018 season. Due to rain, Cup series qualifying was cancelled and the starting line up for Sunday’s race was created based on points.

Erik Jones in the No. 20 Irwin Toyota Camry will be starting in the 16th position.

Tune in at 3:30 pm ET for the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, broadcast on FOX.

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February 20th, 2020 |

No. 20 IRWIN SPEEDBOR Toyota Camry Preview (NCS) – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

No. 20 IRWIN SPEEDBOR Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones has five starts in the Cup Series at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While he’s had fast Camry’s and sat on the pole for one race, luck hasn’t been on his side and Jones has only one top-10 finish in the Cup Series to his name. His best-career finish at the track in the Cup Series came in 2018 when he finished eighth. With starts in both the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series at the track, Jones has a career-best finish of third in the Xfinity Series in 2016 and scored a win in the Truck Series in 2014.
  • JGR AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 72 total starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned three wins, 16 top-five finishes, 32 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 571 laps, completed 17,926 of 19,069 attempted laps (94.0%) and earned an average start of 14.2 and an average finish of 15.4. Martin Truex, Jr. won at the track last season adding to Kyle Busch’s 2009 win and Matt Kenseth’s 2013 visit to victory lane.
  • DAYTONA 500 RECAP: Competing in his fourth Daytona 500, Erik Jones qualified in the 14th position for The Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway. With a fast Camry, Jones looked poised for a strong run in the rain-delayed race, but a late-race on-track incident derailed the team of a strong finish after an extended unscheduled green-flag stop on pit road. Focused on finishing the race, but two laps down, Jones was able to avoid several late-race accidents to advance from 34th to 18th in the final 30 laps.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For the first race of the west coast swing, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team will debut a new paint scheme with IRWIN serving as the primary partner. IRWIN tools is a Stanley Black and Decker brand and will be featured on the No. 20 Camry at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (February 23) and Richmond Raceway (September 12).
  • RACE INFO: The Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2020. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
5 0 0 1 1 0 12.4 22.4

 

Jones 2020 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
1 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 18.0

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
112 2 24 49 2 582 13.2 16.0

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m excited to get to a mile-and-half track this weekend and a track where I’ve had a lot of speed in the past, but things just haven’t gone our way to have the finishes to show how good our Camry’s have been. It’s cool to have IRWIN on the No. 20 Camry this weekend and hopefully we can get them a good finish or a trip to victory lane for their first race with us.”

 

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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February 18th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 18th in Daytona 500

Date: February 16, 2020

Event: Daytona 500 (Round 1 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile superspeedway)

Format: 200 laps (Stages: 65 laps/65 laps/70 laps)

Start/Finish: 14th/18th (Running, Completed 208 of 209 laps)

Point Standings: 18th (24 points, 26 points out of 1st)

 

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

 

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 65)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started the Daytona 500 from the 14th position and finished stage one in 36th place.
  • Following a brief rain delay, Jones rolled off the grid in the 14th position and quickly dropped to the back of the field with his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates and was scored in the 33rd position when rain started again and forced the race in to red flag conditions and its second rain delay. With rain continuing, NASCAR was forced to postpone the remainder of the race until Monday afternoon.
  • Racing resumed Monday afternoon under sunny skies with Jones rolling off from the 33rd position. Remaining at the back of the pack, Jones made two routine stops before the caution waved on lap 65 to end the stage. Scored in the 36th position, Jones stayed out during the stage break.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 66 – 130)

  • Jones started the second stage from the sixth position and finished the stage in 21st.
  • Restarting the race on lap 71 from the sixth position, Jones quickly moved to fourth behind his JGR teammates where he remained until the caution waved on lap 89 for a multiple car incident on the backstretch. Jones pitted for right-side tires and fuel, but an extended stay on pit road after the air hose was caught under the right front tire dropped Jones to the rear of the field. No longer around his teammates, Jones pitted for a second time for left-side tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 95 with the DEWALT team scored 27th.
  • Staying at the back of the pack, Jones was scored 21st when the caution waved on lap 130 to end stage two. The team called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 131 – 209)

  • Jones started the final stage from 18th and finished the race in the same position.
  • Partnering with his JGR teammates, Jones was able to make his way to the fourth position where he remained until being shuffled out of the lead pack and dropping to 21st on lap 159.
  • The team made a green-flag pit stop on lap 170 for fuel and right-side tires. As the field continued to make scheduled green-flag stops, a competitor slowed in front of Jones and with nowhere to go, Jones made contact with the rear of the car and had contact to the right-rear from another competitor while trying to avoid the contact. Forced to pit road for fresh tires and to assess the damage, the team lost two laps and returned to the track in the 34th position.
  • Over the remainder of the race and missing several multi-car accidents, Jones was able to gain one lap back and finish the race in the 18th position.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin won his third Daytona 500 with Martin Truex, Jr. finishing 32nd and Kyle Busch finishing 34th.

 

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads west for the first of three races in NASCAR’s West Coast Swing. Teams start the three race stretch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

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February 14th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes Sixth in Duel 2 to Earn 14th Starting Position for Daytona 500

Date: February 13, 2020

Event: Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile superspeedway)

Format: 60 laps

Start/Finish: 5th/6th

Race Winner: William Byron  

 

Post-Race Highlights:

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started Duel No. 2 from the fifth positon and finished sixth.
  • Moving into the third position on the opening lap of the Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2, Jones was able to run the first 20 laps in the top 10 before taking over the lead on lap 23 and leading the next eight laps.
  • Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 33 for a scheduled green-flag pit stop for right side tires and fuel. Once Jones returned to the track, he was scored in the fifth position.
  • The only caution of the race came on lap 42 for a multi-car accident. The team opted to stay out under the caution and restarted the race from fifth on lap 47.
  • Over the final 13 laps, Jones fell from third to the back of the lead pack, but was able to make his way back to sixth when the checkered flag waved.
  • With his finish, Jones will start Sunday’s Daytona 500 from the 14th position.
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