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March 8th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 28th at Phoenix Raceway

Erik Jones, No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Race Recap for FanShield 500k

Date: March 8, 2020
Event: FanShield 500k (Round 4 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Phoenix Raceway (1-mile oval)
Format: 312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/115 laps/122 laps)
Start/Finish: 11th/28 th (Running, completed 313 of 316 laps)
Point Standing: 21 st (77 points, 87 behind leader)
Race Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford) in overtime
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):
● Jones started 11th and finished 10 th , earning one stage point.
● On lap 24, Jones reported the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Camry had no front or rear grip, and he slipped from the 11 th to 13 th
position.
● By lap 50, the No. 20 Toyota Camry was handling better in the higher groove, and Jones began to work his way back toward the
top-10.
● The first caution of the race occurred on lap 58 with Jones running in the 11 th position. He reported the Interstate Batteries Toyota
was loose in turn three and tight center. He pitted on lap 60 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
● The Interstate Batteries driver restarted in the 12 th position on lap 63, but the second caution of the day occurred on the same lap
bringing the field back under yellow.
● Jones lined up ninth for the lap-70 restart and remained in the top-10 for the final five laps of the first stage to finish 10 th .
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-190):
● Jones started 11th, finished 14th.
● The Interstate Batteries driver pitted for right-side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment at the stage break and lined up 11th for the
restart on lap 84 after most of the top-10 drivers did not pit.
● On lap 100, Jones reported his No. 20 Toyota Camry didn’t fire off well at the beginning go of the run, but just three laps later he
made his way back into the top-10.
● Jones told the crew chief Chris Gayle on lap 129 that his Interstate Batteries car wasn’t falling off as much as it did in the first stage.
● He was running ninth when the field was slowed for the fourth caution of the day on lap 131. The Interstate Batteries crew gave
Jones four tires, fuel and adjustments on lap 132.
● The 23-year-old driver lined up 10 th for the restart on lap 136 but fell back to 16 th in the chaos that ensued. By lap 43, Jones had
worked his way back up to the 13 th position.
● With five laps remaining in Stage 2 and running in the 14 th position, Jones told the team his balance had leveled out after starting the
run too loose.
● Stage 2 ended under yellow after the No. 51 lost an engine with two laps remaining. Jones pitted at the break for four tires, fuel and
adjustments to the Interstate Batteries Camry.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 191-316):
● Jones started 12th, finished 28 th .
● The Interstate Batteries driver restarted 12 th for the final 112 laps at Phoenix.
● When caution came out on lap 213, Jones told Gayle that he was loose off of turn four, but he fired off much better on the restart.
● The No. 20 team elected to pit from the 12 th position for right-sides tires, fuel and adjustments on lap 215 and line up third for the
restart on lap 220.
● The two-tire call resulted in Jones being overtaken on the restart by drivers that had made four-tire stops. He eventually fell back to
the 10 th position on lap 229.
● On lap 235 while running 13 th , Jones got loose coming off turn two but was able to regain control of the Interstate Batteries Camry.
He only lost two spots on track and changed his line to better suit the handling of his Toyota.
● On lap 252, Jones spun off of turn two, damaging the right side of his Interstate Batteries Camry. He pitted twice for damage repair
and fresh Goodyear tires, and returned to the track in the 28th position, one lap down.
● As the field was set to return to green on lap 258, the No. 20 was called to pit road to serve a two-lap penalty for improper fueling.
Jones returned to the track in the 30th position, three laps down, on lap 259.
● Under caution on lap 268 and again on lap 279, Jones pitted for adjustments and more work to the damage from his earlier spin.

Notes:
● Joey Logano won the FanShield 500k to score his 25 th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his second
at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Kevin Harvick was .276 of a second.
● There were 12 caution periods for a total of 73 laps.
● Twenty-seven of the 38 drivers in the FanShield 500k finished on the lead lap.
Team Interstate Results:
● Kyle Busch finished 3 rd .
● Denny Hamlin finished 20 th .
● Erik Jones finished 28th.
● Martin Truex Jr. finished 32nd.
Team Interstate Points:
Denny Hamlin (11 th with 111 points, 53 behind leader)
Kyle Busch (12 th with 111 points, 53 behind leader)
Martin Truex Jr. (15 th with 96 points, 68 behind leader)
Erik Jones (21 st with 77 points, 87 behind leader)
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, March 15, at Atlanta
Motor Speedway. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.

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March 1st, 2020 |

Top-10 Finish for Erik Jones and Reser’s Team at Auto Club Speedway

Date: March 1, 2020

Event: Auto Club 400 (Round 3 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval)

Format: 200 laps (Stages: 60 laps/60 laps/80 laps)

Start/Finish: 29th/10th (Running, Completed 200 of 200 laps)

Point Standings: 18th (67 points, 55 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Alex Bowman  

Stage 1 Winner: Alex Bowman

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 60)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway from the 29th position and finished stage one in 15th.
  • Under cloudy skies and dodging rain showers, the Auto Club 400 got under way Sunday afternoon and Jones was able to quickly gain several positions to move in to the top 20 on lap 10 and take over 15th on lap 20.
  • Radioing the team early in the stage about the handling of the No. 20 Camry, crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 26 for a scheduled green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to help with tight-handling conditions. Jones cycled out to 11th on lap 40.
  • The first caution of the race waved on lap 60 to end the stage with Jones in the 15th position. Continuing to have a tight-handling Camry, Jones again pitted for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61 – 120)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 11th position and finished the stage in ninth.
  • Dropping a few positions on the lap 66 restart, Jones settled in and was scored in the 12th position when he made a green-flag stop on lap 88 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to continue working on the handling of the Reser’s Camry.
  • Jones cycled back to 11th before the caution waved on lap 91 for a single-car incident. Gayle called Jones back to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 95 with the No. 20 team in the 15th position.
  • Moving up to eighth following the restart, Jones slipped to ninth before the caution waved on lap 120 to end the stage. With his Camry handling better, but still on the tight side, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 121 – 200)

  • Jones started the final stage from ninth and finished the race in 10th.
  • With the final stage running green for all 80 laps, Jones was able to run in the top 12 for most of the stage, making his final scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 158 for four tires and fuel.
  • Jones crossed the finish line in 10th to score his first top-10 finish of the season.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 10th

“It was a step in the right direction. I don’t think any of us really had race-winning speed. I think Kyle (Busch) got some good track position on that restart and was able to maintain.  We got shuffled back and kind of had to come back from 15th. I don’t know, I think we’re off. We didn’t have anything for the 88 (Alex Bowman) or anything like that. We have to get faster, but I think we learned a lot. Just have more to get.  Don’t know how to get there, but we have more to get.”

 

 

Additional Notes:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished second, Denny Hamlin finished sixth and Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series finishes the west coast swing at Phoenix Raceway for the Fan Shield 500k on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

 

– JGR –

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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 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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