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July 12th, 2020 |

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Date: July 12, 2020

Event: Quaker State 400 (Round 17 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Kentucky Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

Format: 267 laps (3 Stages: 80 laps / 160 laps / 267 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/22nd (Running, Completed 267 of 267 laps)

 

Race Winner: Cole Custer

Stage 1 Winner: Aric Almirola

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Made in Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota Camry team started the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway from the 16th position and finished stage one in 18th.
  • With a fast Camry, Jones moved from 16th to 10th on the opening laps.
  • Jones was able to gain one more position to ninth before the competition caution on lap 25. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 30 with Jones in ninth place.
  • Losing ground on the restart, Jones was scored 19th on lap 32.
  • The stage remained green until lap 80 when the caution waved to end stage one. Jones pitted from 18th for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81 – 160)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 20th position and finished the stage in 10th.
  • The race restarted on lap 87 with the No. 20 Toyota Camry team in the 20th position. Jones was able to advance to 17th before green-flag stops started on lap 145. Continuing to move up in the field as teams pitted, Jones was scored second on lap 153 when he made his green-flag stop for right-side tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • Following his green-flag stop, the caution waved on lap 154. Jones stayed out under the caution and restarted the race from 12th on lap 159 for a one lap shoot out to end the stage.
  • The caution waved on lap 160 to end stage two with Jones in the 10th position. Gayle called Jones to pit road for left-side tires, fuel and adjustments.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161 – 267)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 19th position and finished the stage in 32nd.
  • The race restarted on lap 167 for the final stage of the race with Jones in the 19th position.
  • Stuck in traffic and with the handling not to his liking, Jones was unable to make much progress forward. The team made a green-flag pit stop on lap 211 from the 16th position for four tires, fuel and adjustments and returned to the track in the 25th position, one lap down to the leaders.
  • Before the field cycled through green-flag stops, the caution waved on lap 229 with Jones scored 23rd. The team opted to stay out under the caution and take the wave around to get back on the lead lap.
  • Over the final laps of the race and through several cautions, the handling of the No. 20 Toyota Camry continued to not be to Jones liking and when the checkered flag waved, Jones was credited with a 22nd-place finish.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. finished second, Denny Hamlin finished 12th and Kyle Busch finished 21st.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads back to Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star race. Coverage of the race will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, PRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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July 10th, 2020 | nascar.com

Kentucky Qualifying Report – Erik Jones Starting 16th

The NASCAR Cup Series is headed to the 1.5 mile Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the Quaker State 500 on Sunday. NASCAR is continuing to implement strict protocol and safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the track. All events prior to the race have been cancelled, including practice and qualifying, due to these precautions.

Erik Jones in the No. 20 Built in Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota Camry will be starting in the 23rd position for Sunday’s race. This will be Erik’s 4th start at Kentucky Speedway, bringing with him an average finish of 5.3. The starting lineup was determined by a random live drawing that was aired on FS1’s “Race Hub”.

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July 8th, 2020 |

No. 20 STANLEY Built in Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota Camry Preview (NCS) – Quaker State 500 at Kentucky Speedway

No. 20 Built in Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fourth-career Cup Series start at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday for the Quaker State 400. In his previous three starts at the 1.5-mile track, Jones has a career-best finish of third in the 2019 event. In the Cup Series, Jones has one top-five finish and three top-seven finishes with an average start of 12.3 and an average finish of 5.3. In addition to his Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has five starts at the track in the Xfinity Series with a career-best of second and he led laps in all five starts. In the Truck Series, Jones has one start where he led 55 laps before earning a second-place finish.
  • JGR AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 32 total starts at Kentucky Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned three wins, 17 top-five finishes, 20 top-10 finishes and one pole starting position. The team has led 744 laps, completed 8,216 of 8,580 attempted laps (95.8%) and earned an average start of 10.7 and an average finish of 9.8. Kyle Busch earned the team wins in 2011 and 2015 with Matt Kenseth earning a win for the team in 2013.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway, Jones will run the No. 20 Made in Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota Camry. The Georgetown, Kentucky plant opened in 1998 and produced the first American-made Camry. Since then, nearly 10 million vehicles have rolled off Toyota’s assembly at the Georgetown plant. The plant is the largest vehicle manufacturing plant in North America and has nearly 10,000 employees. In recent times, the plant has produced over 85,000 face shields for organizations in Kentucky in response to COVID-19 relief efforts. The plant is located just over an hour drive from Kentucky Speedway.
  • POINTS UPDATE: Jones and the No. 20 Toyota team dropped one position following their 33rd-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jones now sits 17th in the Cup Series point standings.
  • INDY RECAP:  Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team started the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the 23rd position and finished stage one in the second position. Restarting the race on lap 55 for stage two, Jones was able to move from 16th to 10th over the next five laps. Unfortunately, with no indication, Jones blew a right-front tire on lap 73 and with no control of the steering, hit the outside wall. The damage sustained to the No. 20 Toyota Camry ended the day with a 33rd-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 12, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kentucky Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
3 0 1 3 0 1 12.3 5.3

 

Jones 2020 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
16 0 4 6 0 27 17.6 17.6

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
127 2 28 55 2 609 13.8 16.2

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting to Kentucky this weekend and hopefully turning our luck around. We’ve had fast Camry’s all year, just circumstances and bad luck have kept us from getting the finishes I think we deserved. Kentucky has been a good track to me over the years in Cup, Xfinity and Truck, we’ve just missed getting the win. We’ve got the Toyota Kentucky plant on our car this weekend which is really cool for me since this is the first time a plant has been represented on a Cup car. Having been with Toyota most of my career and all of my NASCAR career, I’m excited to represent the nearly 10,000 employees who work at the Georgetown, Kentucky plant where the American-made Camry is produced. Hopefully we can carry all of them with us to victory lane again on Sunday and get our first win of the season.”

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July 5th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 33rd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Following Mid-Race Accident

Date: July 5, 2020

Event: Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 (Round 16 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile Oval)

Format: 160 laps (3 Stages: 50 laps / 100 laps / 160 laps)

Start/Finish: 23rd/33rd (Accident, Completed 73 of 140 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 50)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 STANLEY Security Toyota Camry team started the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the 23rd position and finished stage one in second place.
  • With a random draw setting the field for Sunday’s race, Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team rolled off from the 23rd position and made their way to 16th before the competition caution waved on lap 12. With the handling a little free, Jones pitted during the caution for four tires, fuel and a small air-pressure adjustment. With a multi-car accident on pit road, NASCAR displayed the red flag for clean-up and to tend to an injured pit crew member.
  • The race resumed on lap 19 with Jones in the 15th position.
  • Moving up to 11th, Jones and crew chief Chris Gayle made the decision to stay out under the lap 40 caution and opt for valuable stage points. The race restarted on lap 46 with Jones scored in the second position.
  • Maintaining his position, Jones was able to cross the finish line in the second position when stage one ended on lap 50. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another small adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51 – 100)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 16th position and finished the stage in 32nd.
  • Restarting the race on lap 55 for stage two, Jones was able to move from 16th to 10th over the next five laps.
  • Unfortunately, with no indication, Jones blew a right-front tire on lap 73 and with no control of the steering, hit the outside wall. The damage sustained to the No. 20 Toyota Camry ended the day with a 33rd-place finish.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 STANLEY Security Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 33nd

That was a really hard hit, Erik. It looked like it took your breath away. What did you feel?

“The STANLEY Camry was pretty quick. We were kind of just trying to move to the front and get some track position and I guess we had a right front go down. I felt it pop, and I was kind of along for the ride. It was a pretty hard hit. It’s a shame. The STANLEY Camry was fast. I think we just needed to get up front a little more and we could have contended. It’s a shame; it’s kind of the story of our season. We’ve just had a rough year, and things are just not going our way. Hopefully, we can just turn it around, keep bringing fast cars and have things turn around for us.”

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished sixth, Denny Hamlin finished 28th and Martin Truex Jr. finished 38th.

 

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kentucky Speedway on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, PRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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July 3rd, 2020 | nascar.com

Indianapolis Qualifying Report – Erik Jones Starting 23rd

The infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway is hosting the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records. Strict protocol and safety measures are still being practiced by all crew members and drivers to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the track. All events prior to the race have been cancelled, including practice and qualifying, due to these precautions.

Erik Jones in the No. 20 Stanley Security #TogetherWeAreMore Toyota Camry will be starting in the 23rd position for Sunday’s race. The starting lineup was determined by a random live drawing that was aired on FS1’s “Race Hub”.

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