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May 2nd, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones Finishes in the 25th-place at the Kansas Speedway

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Black Entrepreneur Initiative Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 25th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Buschy McBusch Race 400 at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday, May 2.

The lineup for the 267-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 27th-place Talladega), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 27th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the 400.5-mile event at the 1.5-mile speedway located in Kansas City, Kan., from the 27th-place on Row 14. He had to start at the rear of the field due to a received penalty for a pre-race infraction.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as second place at Kansas Speedway.

“Just a tough day for our No. 43 Black Entrepreneur Initiative Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. We have some things to improve on with our mile-and-half program, but we know which direction to go.”

-Erik Jones

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April 25th, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones Finishes in the 27-place at the Talladega Superspeedway

Erik Jones and the No. 43 United States Air Force Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 27th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) GEICO 500 at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Sunday, April 25.

The lineup for the extended 191-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 19th-place Richmond), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 26-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the 2.66-mile oval located in Talladega, Alabama from the 22nd-place on Row 11.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as first place at the Talladega Superspeedway, with seven total laps led. Jones was in the 11th-place for the final restart before being collected in the last lap incident.

“It was a solid day for our No. 43 United States Air Force Camaro ZL1 1LE. It felt good to get up front and lead some laps at the Talladega Superspeedway. Unfortunately, we got turned-around coming to the finish line, and did not get the finish our Richard Petty Motorsports team was capable of. We will regroup, and go on to the Kansas Speedway.”

-Erik Jones

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April 18th, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones Finishes in the 19th-place at the Richmond Raceway

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Medallion Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 19th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Toyota Owners 400 at the Richmond (Va.) Raceway Sunday, April 18.

The lineup for the 400-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 30th-place Martinsville), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 26th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the .75-mile oval from the 30th-place on Row 15.

Only 14 of the 38 drivers in the Toyota Owners 400 finished on the lead lap: Jones finished two laps down.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as the ninth-place at the Richmond Raceway.

“It was an up-and-down day for the No. 43 Medallion Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. We started too tight and could not really do what we needed to do with our Chevrolet Camaro. We got it better as the day went, especially towards the end of the race. We started to really get some good speed and gain some track positions. Just got too far behind, got caught on pit road when the caution flag came out, lost a lap early and could not get it back where we needed it to be. We will take a top-20 finish. We got some good notes and will move on.”

-Erik Jones

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April 11th, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones Finishes in the 30th-place at the Martinsville Speedway

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 30th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Blue-Emu Maximum Relief 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, April 11.

The lineup for the 500-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, ninth-place Bristol Motor Speedway), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 22nd-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the 0.526-mile paper-clip-shaped oval of the Martinsville Speedway from the 16th-place on Row 8.

Due to inclement weather on Saturday, April 10, the Blue-Emu Maximum Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway was red-flagged after 42 laps completed. The remainder of the short track battle was postponed to Sunday.

In a caution-filled Blue-Emu Maximum Relief 500, the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was involved in multi-car incidents in the second caution Turn 4 on Lap 51, 13th caution in Turn 2 on Lap 371, and the 14th caution in Turn 2 on Lap 386. After 403 completed laps, the Richard Petty Motorsports team went to the garage after irreparable damage.

“It was not the day we wanted for the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. It was up and down trying to find a balance to get our Chevrolet Camaro where it could roll the center and not be too free. I finally felt we got the car where we wanted to be towards the end. Then we had those string of cautions and go caught up in an incident. We did not have too much damage, but we had either an axle or gear issue that ended our day. I wish we could have seen where we would have ended up. I think we probably could have driven up towards the top-15 in the running order – maybe back of the top-10. We learned a lot though, and I think we can take it to the race coming back to Martinsville Speedway in the fall.”

-Erik Jones

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March 29th, 2021 | Richard Petty Motorsports

Erik Jones Finishes in the ninth-place at the Bristol Motor Speedway

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Tide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the ninth-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Food City Dirt Race at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Monday, March 29.

NASCAR made the decision to cancel the qualifying races on Saturday, March 27, that were originally intended to set the field at the half-mile. After inclement weather canceled qualifying, the lineup for the 250-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 24th-place Atlanta Motor Speedway), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 25th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the half-mile track in Bristol, Tenn., from the 24th-place on row 12.

The event marked the first time the NASCAR Cup Series competed on dirt in the sport’s modern era.

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native was scored as high as the eighth-place at the Bristol Motor Speedway, where the high-banked concrete oval was transformed into a state-of-the-art dirt racing facility. Jones posted his second top-ten finish of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

“It was a good day for our No. 43 Tide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at the Bristol Motor Speedway. We started a little bit further back in the lineup, and worked our way toward the top-10. Our Richard Petty Motorsports team ended up getting some good stage points throughout the day (Stage 2, eighth-place) and ended up coming home in ninth place. It was a solid day. What we were looking for today was getting back towards the top 10, and I think our Chevrolet Camaro was probably a little bit better than that. We just kind of ran out of laps and ran out of time the way the race was sectioned out.

“We got some good notes. We are going to do this again in the future, so hopefully we can take something we learned from today, move forward with it and bring it back next time.”

-Erik Jones

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