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November 8th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 22nd in Season Finale at Phoenix Raceway

Date: November 8, 2020

Event: Season Finale 500 (Round 36 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Phoenix Raceway (1.0-mile Oval)

Format: 312 laps (3 Stages: 75 laps / 190 laps / 312 laps)

Start/Finish: 14th/22nd (Running, Completed 311 of 312 laps)

 

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner:  Brad Keselowski

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 75)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Atomic Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway from the 14th position and finished stage one in 12th place.
  • For the final race of the 2020 season, Jones and the No. 20 team started the race from the 14th position and moved up to 12th before slipping back to 14th when the caution waved on lap 30 for the scheduled competition caution. With the handling on the loose side, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 36 with Jones scored 13th.
  • The stage remained green until lap 74 when the caution waved to end the stage. Jones again pitted for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76 – 190)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 11th position and finished the stage in 20th place.
  • The second stage went green on lap 82 with Jones in the 11th position.
  • Continuing to struggle with the handling of the No. 20 Camry, Jones made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 139 for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • The caution waved on lap 160 with Jones in the 19th position. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 166 with Jones in the 15th position.
  • Twenty four laps later, the caution waved on lap 190 to end the stage. Jones pitted from the 20th position for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 191 – 312)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 19th position and finished the race with a 22nd-place finish.
  • The final stage of the race started on lap 200 with Jones in the 19th position.
  • The stage ran in its entirety under green-flag conditions with Jones making his final scheduled stop on lap 250.
  • As the race continued, Jones slipped off the lead lap and finished the race in the 22nd position.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Jones finished the 2020 season with nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin finished fourth, Martin Truex Jr. finished 10th and Kyle Busch finished 11th.
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November 2nd, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 12th at Martinsville Speedway

Date: November 1, 2020

Event: Xfinity 500 (Round 35 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Martinsville Speedway (.526-mile Paperclip Oval)

Format: 500 laps (3 Stages: 130 laps / 260 laps / 500 laps)

Start/Finish: 19th/12th (Running, Completed 500 of 500 laps)

 

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 130)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway from the 19th position and finished stage one in 12th place.
  • With two races left in the 2020 season, Jones rolled off the grid at Martinsville Speedway in the 19th position and made his was to 14th before the competition caution on lap 60. Pretty happy with the handling, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment. The race restarted on lap 68 with Jones in 15th.
  • With several cautions throughout the second half of stage one, Jones was able to maintain his position in the top 15 to finish the first stage in 12th. The team called Jones to pit road for his third stop of the race for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 131 – 260)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 16th position and finished the stage in 17th place.
  • With the second stage underway on lap 139, Jones moved from 16th to 13th before the caution waved on lap 184. The team pitted for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. Unfortunately, a wrench was left in the car when Jones left pit road and he was forced to make a second stop to remove the equipment and had to restart the race from the tail end of the longest line. The race restarted on lap 192 with the No. 20 team in 30th.
  • The caution waved on lap 260 to end stage two with Jones in the 17th position. Struggling with the previous set of changes and how it affected the No. 20 Camry, Jones pitted during the caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 261 – 500)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 16th position and finished the race with a 12th-place finish.
  • The final stage from the Virginia short track went green on lap 268 with Jones in the 16th position. With handling close to his liking, Jones made his way in to the top 10 and continued to make routine stops for four tires, fuel and adjustments to continue improving the handling.
  • Jones restarted the race for the final time on lap 449 from the 11th position and crossed the finish line with a solid 12th-place finish.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch finished ninth, Denny Hamlin finished 11th and Martin Truex Jr. finished 22nd.

 

Up Next: For the 2020 season finale, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, November 8, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC, MRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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October 28th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 21st in Rain Delayed Texas Motor Speedway Race

Date: October 25, 2020

Event: AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 (Round 34 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

Format: 334 laps (3 Stages: 105 laps / 210 laps / 334 laps)

Start/Finish: 17th/21st (Running, Completed 333 of 334 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 1 Winner: Clint Bowyer

Stage 2 Winner:  Kyle Busch

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 105)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started the race at Texas Motor Speedway from the 17th position and finished stage one in third place.
  • Under cloudy skies Sunday afternoon, the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 got underway and Jones settled in to the top 20.
  • With the handling starting to come around, Jones was scored in the 16th position when the second caution flag of the race waved on lap 21. With NASCAR opting to utilize the caution as the scheduled competition caution, Jones pitted for left-side tires, fuel and a small adjustment to help tighten up the handling of the Sport Clips Camry. The race restarted on lap 27 with Jones in 11th.
  • Moving in to the top 10, Jones was running third when the red flag was displayed on lap 52 for weather and NASCAR was forced to postpone the remainder of the race.
  • Three days later, on Wednesday afternoon, the race resumed with teams taking the green flag again on lap 56.
  • Jones quickly found himself in second place following the restart and was able to stay up front to finish the first stage in third place. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106 – 210)

  • Jones started the second stage from the fourth position and finished the stage in 25th place.
  • The race restarted on lap 111 with the No. 20 team in the fourth position.
  • Jones slipped to 10th before the caution waved on lap 134. Gayle again called Jones to pit road for left-side tires, fuel and adjustments to snug up the handling of the Sport Clips Camry. Jones restarted the race on lap 138 from eighth.
  • Running the high line, Jones got loose and lost valuable track position and was scored in the 18th position on lap 150.
  • As green-flag stops cycled the field, Jones was able to lead the field late in the stage, but was forced to pit before the end of the stage for fuel and was caught one lap down in 25th when the caution waved on lap 210 to end the stage. Jones pitted during the caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 211 – 334)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 26th position and finished the race with a 21st-place finish.
  • The final stage went green on lap 216 with the Sport Clips team in 26th, one lap down.
  • Unfortunately, the final stage ran its entirety under green-flag conditions. Unable to get his lap back and return to the lead lap, Jones was scored with a 21st-place finish in the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch won the race followed closely by Martin Truex Jr. in second and Denny Hamlin in ninth.

Up Next: Heading in to the final two races of the 2020 season, the NASCAR Cup Series now turns their attention to Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, November 1, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC, MRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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October 18th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 20th at Kansas Speedway

Date: October 18, 2020

Event: Hollywood Casino 400 (Round 34 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile Road Course)

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

Start/Finish: 11th/20th (Running, Completed 267 of 267 laps)

 

Race Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway from the 11th position and finished stage one in fifth.
  • Rolling off the grid from the 11th position, Jones slipped a few positions following the initial race restart, but was able to make his way back to 11th before the scheduled competition caution on lap 25. With the handling a little on the free side, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments and restarted the race from 12th on lap 31.
  • Jones quickly moved in to the top 10 and with a fast Camry, was scored in the fifth position on lap 80 when the stage ended. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81 – 160)

  • Jones started the second stage from the fourth position and finished the stage in 28th place.
  • The race resumed on lap 86 with Jones in the fourth position, but with the handling now on the extreme tight side, Jones slipped to outside the top 10 and was in the 14th position on lap 100.
  • Continuing to struggle with the handling of his Camry, Jones made a green-flag pit stop on lap 121 for four tires, fuel, adjustments and to add tape to cover a hole on the grill. Jones returned to the track, one lap down to the leaders.
  • The caution waved on lap 145, but unfortunately, it was for the No. 20 and the No. 42 making contact in turn four. With damage to the Reser’s Camry, Jones pitted two times under the caution to make repairs. The race restarted on lap 148 with Jones in the 29th position, one lap down to the leaders.
  • Twelve laps later, the caution flag waved to end the stage with the 20 team in the 28th position. Gayle called Jones back to pit road for four tires, fuel, adjustments and to continue making repairs on the Reser’s Camry.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161 – 267)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 29th position and finished the race with a 20th-place finish.
  • The final stage of the race at Kansas Speedway went green on lap 167 with the No. 20 team in the 29th position, one lap down to the leaders.
  • On lap 199, the caution flag was displayed and Jones was awarded the Lucky Dog to return to the lead lap. Jones again pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments and restarted the race from 27th on lap 205.
  • Focused on making progress forward, Jones had another on-track incident and had to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop for left-side tires and to clear the fenders of the tire. With the unscheduled stop, Jones again found himself one lap down to the leaders.
  • The final caution flag waved several laps later on lap 222. Jones was able to take the wave around to return to the lead lap and restarted the race on lap 225 from 27th.
  • Over the final 40 laps, Jones was able to gain valuable positions and crossed the finish line with a 20th-place finish.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch finished fifth, Martin Truex Jr. finished ninth and Denny Hamlin finished 15th.

Up Next: With three races remaining in the 2020 season, the NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 25, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBCSN, PRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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October 12th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Continues Strong Run with Third-Place Finish at ROVAL

Date: October 11, 2020

Event: Bank of America ROVAL 500 (Round 32 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL (2.28-mile Road Course)

Format: 109 laps (3 Stages: 25 laps / 50 laps / 109 laps)

Start/Finish: 14th/3rd (Running, Completed 109 of 109 laps)

 

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 1 Winner: Ty Dillon

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 25)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN ACE/CMN Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL from the 14th position and finished stage one in 10th.
  • For the final road course of the season, Jones and the No. 20 team had to drop to the rear of the field for the start of the race due to unapproved adjustments before the start of the race. Focused on moving forward, Jones was able to move up to 21st before the scheduled competition caution on lap 10. Opting to stay out under the caution, Jones and the team restarted the race from the 15th position on lap 12.
  • Breaking in to the top 10 on lap 18, Jones pitted on lap 19 to switch from rain tires to slick tires, add fuel and make a set of adjustments. Jones returned to the track in the 28th position.
  • On lap 22, NASCAR displayed the caution flag with Jones in the 18th position. Crew chief Chris Gayle made the call to stay out during the caution and Jones restarted the race on lap 24 from the 12th position for a one-lap shootout.
  • One lap later, the caution flag was displayed on lap 25 to end stage one. Jones and the No. 20 team were scored in the 10th spot and made the decision to stay out under the caution.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26 – 50)

  • Jones started the second stage from the seventh position and finished the stage in 19th place.
  • Starting stage two from the seventh position on lap 28, Jones was running in the top 10 when the No. 2 car spun on lap 33 and in an effort to miss the spinning car, Jones was forced to come to a complete stop on the track and lost valuable positions. On lap 35, Jones was scored in the 16th position.
  • Ten laps later, the caution waved on lap 45 with the CRAFTSMAN Camry team running in the 11th position. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel, adjustments and to clear the fenders from the tires. The race restarted on lap 48 with Jones in 27th.
  • The caution flag was displayed on lap 50 to end the stage with Jones in 19th place. The team opted to stay out under the caution.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51 – 109)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 12th position and finished the race with a third-place finish.
  • With the final stage underway on lap 53, Jones was able to move back in to the top 10 on lap 55.
  • On lap 64, Jones pitted under caution from the ninth position for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 67 with Jones in 14th.
  • Moving back in to the top 10 on lap 68, Jones cracked the top five on lap 72.
  • Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 85 for a green-flag pit stop for four tires and fuel. Jones returned to the track and the caution flag immediately waved for a single car incident. Jones was scored in 26th, but following pit stops for most of the field, the CRAFTSMAN team restarted the race from fourth on lap 89.
  • Jones was able to take the lead on lap 91 and over the final laps, slipped to fifth before crossing the finish line on lap 109 with a solid third-place finish.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 CRAFTSMAN ACE/CMN Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 3rd

How tough was Chase Elliott in today’s race?

“I knew we were there and had tires. We were in a really good spot, but I knew that 9 (Chase Elliott) was really fast and has been pretty tough to beat here the last few years. They’ve got something figured out, they’re really quick here. I was just kind of losing time to him everywhere. He caught me and I couldn’t hold him off more than a couple cars. The CRAFTSMAN Camry was good, it was good to get a top-three. Probably a little bit better than what we ran, but we’ll definitely take it.”

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. finished seventh, Denny Hamlin finished 15th and Kyle Busch finished 30th.

Up Next: With four races remaining in the 2020 season, the NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kansas Speedway Sunday, October 18, 2020. The race broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC, MRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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