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February 17th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes Third in Daytona 500; Joe Gibbs Racing Finishes 1-2-3

Box Score Info:

Date: February 17, 2019
Event: Daytona 500
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track:  Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile Superspeedway)
Format: 200 Laps (Stages: 60 laps / 60 laps / 80 laps)
Start/Finish: 28th/3rd (Running, 207 of 207 laps)
Point Standings: 5th (35 points, -17 points out of 1st)


Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60)

  • Erik Jones started the race from the 28th position and finished stage one in 10th.
  • With the 61st running of the Daytona 500 underway Sunday afternoon, Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team turned their attention to the leaders and began making their way to the front.
  • The caution waved on lap 20 with crew chief Chris Gayle calling Jones to pit road on lap 22 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help tighten the No. 20 Toyota Camry. The race restarted on lap 24 with Jones 26th.
  • Finding a dancing partner, Jones was able to fall in line with a pack of cars to make the bottom line work and moved in to the top 10 on lap 35. Staying close, the first seven cars were able to break away from the field before a caution on lap 49 bunched the field up for the end of the stage. Opting to stay out under the caution, Jones restarted the race from fourth on lap 53.
  • The stage concluded on lap 60 with Jones shuffled back to 10th.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61 – 120)

  • Jones started stage two from the 21st position and ended the stage 14th.
  • Making his way back in the top 10 on lap 68, Jones was able to move in to fifth on lap 75 after cars began making green-flag stops.
  • With a six-car break away, the leaders were able to continue making time on the field, catching the back of the field on lap 100.
  • The caution waved on lap 106 and Jones pitted for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 110 with Jones ninth.
  • The stage ended on lap 120 with the No. 20 Sport Clips Camry scored 14th. The team opted for fuel only before the start of the final stage.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 121-207)

  • Jones started the final stage from 10th and after multiple incidents, finished the Daytona 500 in the third position.
  • The caution waved on lap 159 with Jones scored 12th. The team called Jones to pit road under the caution for fuel and right-side tires. The race restarted on lap 167 with Jones ninth.
  • Making his way up to third, Jones with poised for a strong run when he radioed the team on lap 178 that he had no fuel pressure. Jones dropped out of line and pitted, but the team found no issue and he returned to the track one lap down in the 31st position.
  • Jones was able to get back on the lead lap when the caution waved on lap 187, but was quickly caught up in the “Big One” on lap 191. Following a red-flag and repairs to the No. 20 Camry, Jones restarted the race on lap 194 from the 18th position, one lap down to the leaders. With a quick caution, Jones was able to return to the lead lap on lap 194 following another multi-car accident.
  • Following several late-race cautions and a second red-flag, Jones was able to cross the finish line in the third position with a mangled No. 20 Sport Clips Camry.

Additional Notes

  • Denny Hamlin won his second Daytona 500 and Joe Gibbs Racing’s third victory of The Great American Race.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing finished the 61st Daytona 500 1-2-3 with Hamlin winning followed by Kyle Busch and Jones.

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

Finishing Position: 3rd

How were you able to come back and finish third tonight?

“It was a weird day. The Sport Clips Camry had a lot of speed in it early and we kept finding ourselves towards the front. We were up there where we wanted to be with Kyle (Busch) and Denny (Hamlin) and I’m like, ‘Man, we’re in a great spot to get to the last 15 laps or so and race for it.’ I don’t know. We just lost fuel pressure and we came to pit road and came back. We didn’t change anything, fired it up and went back. Got back on the lead, got caught up in a wreck and got pretty significant amount of damage and we were just trying to get it fixed enough to get minimum speed. As more of the race happened and more and more people wrecked we found ourselves upfront. A day of never giving up and never giving in and it worked out great. It’s definitely the most perseverance I’ve had in a race in NASCAR. I had a lot of fun.”

Do you enjoy racing at Daytona winning here in July and now a third-place finish in the Daytona 500?

“Definitely the last two times have been pretty good to me. I wish we would’ve had one more lap. It was actually really fast still and I was having a lot of fun and wish we could’ve got up there with Kyle (Busch) and Denny (Hamlin). Great for JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) with a one-two-three. You never would’ve guessed we would’ve made it one-two-three there by the end, but an awesome day and a good start to the season.”

Next Race: Teams now turn their focus to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. The race will be broadcast live Sunday, February 24, at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.

 

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February 14th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 14th in Qualifying Duel Race; Secures 28th Starting Position for the 61st Running of Daytona 500

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track:  Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile Superspeedway)
Format: 60 Laps
Start/Finish: 7th/14th (Running, 59 of 60 laps)
Race Winner: Joey Logano

Duel Race Recap:

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started seventh and finished 14th in Duel Qualifying Race No. 2 on Thursday evening at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Starting the race from the seventh position, Jones quickly settled in to the top 10 as the entire field became single-file early in the 60-lap event.
  • Crew Chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 12 for fuel only, but a speeding penalty exiting pit road forced Jones and the No. 20 team to serve a pass through penalty. Losing the lead draft, Jones was eventually passed by the leaders to fall off the lead lap. Blending with the lead pack, Jones was able to stay in the lucky dog position, but with a caution-free race, he was unable to return to the lead lap.
  • Jones finished the race as the first car one lap down in the 14th position.
  • Based on his finish in the Duel, Jones will start the Daytona 500 from the 28th position.
  • The Daytona 500 is scheduled to run on Sunday, February 17, 2019 and can be seen live on FOX beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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February 10th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 20th in The Clash at Daytona International Speedway

Box Score Info:
RACE:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Advance Auto Parts Clash
TRACK:  Daytona International Speedway
DRIVER:  Erik Jones
CAR:  No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry
START: 20th
FINISH: 20th
LAPS:  56/75

Post-Race Highlights:

  • For the annual Advance Auto Parts Clash, 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams competed in Sunday’s exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway. Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started the rain-shortened race and finished 20th after a 17-car accident on lap 56.
  • Dodging rain showers in the area, the race was red flagged two times on lap nine and again on lap 42.
  • The final restart of the race came on lap 46 with Jones in the 11th position. Shuffling out of line, Jones fell to the back of the field and unfortunately, when the leaders tangled on lap 56, Jones was unable to avoid the carnage and was involved in the 17-car accident. The race was placed under caution and with rain moving back in before the race resumed, the race was called on lap 59.
  • Teams now turn their attention to the Daytona 500 with qualifying races on Thursday, February 14, to set the starting line-up for the 61st running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

Post-Race Thoughts:

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

What happened from your vantage point?
“I didn’t see very good. I haven’t seen a replay, but it looks like the 48 and the 21 were pushing and just got caught up. We were kind of mid pack and kind of got pushed into the wreck, so it’s unfortunate. Our Sports Clip Camry was pretty good, we just could never really get up front. I think we learned some good stuff for next week which is a positive, so we’ll apply it and hopefully be good Sunday.”

What was it like drafting with a larger pack of cars?
“Everybody was getting more and more aggressive. We knew the rain was coming. Everybody gets pushing and shoving and things get moved around. The car drove really good which is a positive for me at least. We’ll keep working on it and hopefully have a good car for the 500.”

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Capping off the night spinning some vinyl on the @Shinola record player. Maybe even having a cold pop.

What a night. Best Daytona 500 finish for me and a 1-2-3 finish for JGR. Congrats @dennyhamlin and @cg1751! #DoItForJD

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