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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 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 6th, 2020 |

Erik Jones and Sport Clips Team Score Fourth-Place Finish at Darlington Raceway

Date: September 6, 2020

Event: Cook Out Southern 500 (Round 27 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile Oval)

Format: 367 laps (3 Stages: 115 laps / 230 laps / 367 laps)

Start/Finish: 30th/4th (Running, Completed 367 of 367 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 115)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway from the 30th position and finished stage one in 11th.
  • Returning to Darlington Raceway as the defending Southern 500 winner, Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team started the 367-lap race from the 30th position and were scored 15th when the caution flag was displayed on lap 25 for the scheduled competition caution. With the handling of the Sport Clips Camry on the free side, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and a set of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 32 with Jones in the 16th position.
  • Making his way inside the top 15, Jones made a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 70 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the handling of the Sport Clips Camry.
  • The caution flag waved on lap 80 for debris with Jones in the 10th position. The team again called Jones to pit road for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 86 with the No. 20 team in the 12th position.
  • Jones made his way as high as ninth before slipping to 11th at the end of stage one. With the caution flag displayed on lap 115 to end the stage, crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help free up the front end of the Sport Clips Camry.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 116 – 230)

  • Jones started the second stage from the ninth position and finished the stage in seventh place.
  • The race returned to green on lap 121 with the No. 20 team in the ninth position.
  • With the stage continuing under a long-green flag run, Jones made a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 171 from the ninth position for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored seventh.
  • The caution waved on lap 179 and while the team had less than 10 green-flag laps on their tires, the decision was made to pit for four tires and fuel and not risk losing time and positions with the tire fall off. The race restarted on lap 185 with Jones in the eighth position.
  • The race remained green until lap 230 when the caution waved to end stage two. Needing the Sport Clips Camry to turn better, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 231 – 367)

  • Jones started the final stage from the sixth position and finished the race with a fourth-place finish.
  • For the final stage of the Southern 500, the race restarted on lap 235 with Jones in the sixth position.
  • Several laps later on lap 244, the caution flag waved for a single-car incident and Jones pitted from the fourth position for four tires, fuel and adjustments. An issue on pit road slowed the team and Jones restarted the race from ninth on lap 250.
  • As the race again continued under a long green-flag run, Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 294 for a scheduled green-flag run for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • With teams on varying strategies, Jones made his way to third before the caution waved on lap 320 for debris and reset the field to everyone back on the same strategy. Jones made his final trip to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment. The race restarted on lap 326 with the Sport Clips team in third place.
  • Slipping to sixth following the restart, Jones was able to gain two positions late in the race to cross the finish line with a fourth-place finish.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 4th

How were the track conditions and how did things change for you over these 500 miles?

“It was good. It was really tough to pass. Once you got up inside the top-seven or eight, those guys were all pretty equal, and it was hard to make ground from there. We started deep, 30th, today and drove up and finished fourth. We got a couple of extra spots at the end, but this Sport Clips Camry was quick. We just never got up front. We just needed to get up front and get some clean air. That’s what we did last year. I thought we had just as good of a car as what we did last year. We just never got to the lead. That’s what held us back, I think. It’s tough. The cars are finicky. They are on edge, and it’s really hard to make ground, but decent day.”

 

Additional Notes: 

  • The finish marked Jones fourth top-five finish and sixth top-eight finish in just six starts at Darlington Raceway.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished seventh, Denny Hamlin finished 13th and Martin Truex Jr. finished 22nd.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Richmond Raceway on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBCSN, MRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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August 30th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Caught in Big One at Daytona, Finishes 35th and Ends Playoffs Hopes

Date: August 29, 2020

Event: Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Round 26 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile Oval)

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

Start/Finish: 20th/35th (Running, Completed 151 of 164 laps)

 

Race Winner:  William Byron

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano      

Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 50)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry team started the race at the Daytona International Speedway from the 20th position and finished stage one in second place.
  • For the final regular season race, Jones rolled off from the 20th position and moved in to the top 10 on lap seven.
  • The caution flag waved on lap 20 for the scheduled competition caution with Jones in the fourth position. Opting for fuel only, Jones and the No. 20 team restarted the race from fourth on lap 24.
  • Making his way to the lead on lap 29, Jones battled for the stage win before coming up one position short to finish the stage in second when the caution waved on lap 50. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51 – 100)

  • Jones started the second stage from the second position and finished the stage in 23rd place.
  • Restarting the race from second on lap 55, Jones was able to again take the lead on lap 55 before making a green-flag pit stop on lap 66 for fuel only.
  • The caution flag waved on lap 100 to end the stage with the No. 20 team in the 23rd position. Gayle again called Jones to pit road for four tires and fuel.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 101 – 160)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 17th position and finished the race with a 35th-place finish.
  • The race restarted on lap 105 with Jones in the 17th position.
  • Making his way back in to the top 15, Jones made his second green-flag stop on lap 126 for fuel only. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored seventh.
  • The caution waved on lap 143 with Jones in the 17th position. Opting to stay out, Jones restarted the race from 13th on lap 147.
  • Unfortunately, Jones was involved in the first “Big One” on lap 151 when Tyler Reddick attempted to clear Kyle Busch for the lead and caused a multi-car accident. The damage to the No. 20 team was too severe for Jones to continue and ended his day with a 35th-place finish.

 

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

Finishing Position: 35th

You were very displeased with Tyler Reddick in the car for that move. What do you think he did wrong?

“I mean, he (Tyler Reddick) wasn’t clear. Kyle (Busch) let him in, number one, to not cause a wreck and then he ran into the wall and wrecked everybody behind him. It’s frustrating. He had way too much speed to try to make that move up the hill with the grip that is left in the tires. We had a lot of laps on them. It’s unfortunate. He wrecked us a Pocono, and then to have this happen, you know, two times making racing moves that were not going to work out. Unfortunately, it was to the determent of us today. The Auto-Owners Camry was pretty fast. We were up front. I think we were running third when we got wrecked, so we had a shot. We needed to win — we were there, we just didn’t get it done.”

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin finished third, Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth and Kyle Busch finished 33rd.

 

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 6, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC, MRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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August 23rd, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 22nd in Second Race of Doubleheader Weekend at Dover International Speedway

Date: August 23, 2020

Event: Drydene 311 (Round 25 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile Oval)

Format: 311 laps (3 Stages: 70 laps / 185 laps / 311 laps)

Start/Finish: 9th/22nd (Running, Completed 310 of 311 laps)

 

Race Winner:  Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick     

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 70)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry team started the Drydene 311 at the Dover International Speedway from the ninth position and finished stage one in 17th place.
  • For the second race of the doubleheader weekend at The Monster Mile, Jones started from the ninth position and was running in the top 15 when several cars in front of Jones had contact and brought out the caution on lap five. During the process of trying to avoid the wreck, Jones received damage to the left front fender and was forced to pit road for repairs. Following the trip to pit road, Jones restarted the race on lap 11 in the 35th position.
  • Jones moved back in the top 20 on lap 28 and was scored 19th when the caution flag waved on lap 32 for debris. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones back to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 38 with the No. 20 team in the 19th position.
  • The caution flag waved again on lap 70 to end the stage with Jones in 17th place. With the handling a little on the snug side, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 71 – 185)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 13th position and finished the stage in the 22nd position.
  • Following a brief red flag for repairs to the track, Jones restarted the race on lap 78 from the 13th position.
  • The caution flag waved on lap 99 and Jones reported that he was “loose everywhere.” The team made the call to take right-side tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 107 with Jones in the 10th position.
  • As the stage continued, the handling of the Reser’s Camry did not improve and Jones fell to 22nd, one lap down, before the caution flag waved on lap 185 to end the stage. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and multiple adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 186 – 311)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 28th position and finished the race with a 22nd-place finish.
  • The final stage of the 311-lap race went green on lap 192 with Jones in the 28th position.
  • Fighting to get to the lucky dog position, the caution waved on lap 216 with Jones in 23rd, the third car one lap down. Jones again pitted for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 222 with Jones 25th.
  • Over the remainder of the race, Jones continued to fight a tight-handling car and was unable to get back on the lead lap.
  • Jones finished the race with a 22nd-place finish.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. finished second, Kyle Busch finished 11th and Denny Hamlin finished 19th.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Daytona International Speedway for the regular season finale on Saturday, August 29, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC, MRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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