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July 12th, 2020 |

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Date: July 12, 2020

Event: Quaker State 400 (Round 17 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Kentucky Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

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

Start/Finish: 16th/22nd (Running, Completed 267 of 267 laps)

 

Race Winner: Cole Custer

Stage 1 Winner: Aric Almirola

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Made in Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota Camry team started the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway from the 16th position and finished stage one in 18th.
  • With a fast Camry, Jones moved from 16th to 10th on the opening laps.
  • Jones was able to gain one more position to ninth before the competition caution on lap 25. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 30 with Jones in ninth place.
  • Losing ground on the restart, Jones was scored 19th on lap 32.
  • The stage remained green until lap 80 when the caution waved to end stage one. Jones pitted from 18th for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81 – 160)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 20th position and finished the stage in 10th.
  • The race restarted on lap 87 with the No. 20 Toyota Camry team in the 20th position. Jones was able to advance to 17th before green-flag stops started on lap 145. Continuing to move up in the field as teams pitted, Jones was scored second on lap 153 when he made his green-flag stop for right-side tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • Following his green-flag stop, the caution waved on lap 154. Jones stayed out under the caution and restarted the race from 12th on lap 159 for a one lap shoot out to end the stage.
  • The caution waved on lap 160 to end stage two with Jones in the 10th position. Gayle called Jones to pit road for left-side tires, fuel and adjustments.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161 – 267)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 19th position and finished the stage in 32nd.
  • The race restarted on lap 167 for the final stage of the race with Jones in the 19th position.
  • Stuck in traffic and with the handling not to his liking, Jones was unable to make much progress forward. The team made a green-flag pit stop on lap 211 from the 16th position for four tires, fuel and adjustments and returned to the track in the 25th position, one lap down to the leaders.
  • Before the field cycled through green-flag stops, the caution waved on lap 229 with Jones scored 23rd. The team opted to stay out under the caution and take the wave around to get back on the lead lap.
  • Over the final laps of the race and through several cautions, the handling of the No. 20 Toyota Camry continued to not be to Jones liking and when the checkered flag waved, Jones was credited with a 22nd-place finish.

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. finished second, Denny Hamlin finished 12th and Kyle Busch finished 21st.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads back to Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star race. Coverage of the race will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, PRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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July 5th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 33rd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Following Mid-Race Accident

Date: July 5, 2020

Event: Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 (Round 16 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile Oval)

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

Start/Finish: 23rd/33rd (Accident, Completed 73 of 140 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 50)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 STANLEY Security Toyota Camry team started the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the 23rd position and finished stage one in second place.
  • With a random draw setting the field for Sunday’s race, Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team rolled off from the 23rd position and made their way to 16th before the competition caution waved on lap 12. With the handling a little free, Jones pitted during the caution for four tires, fuel and a small air-pressure adjustment. With a multi-car accident on pit road, NASCAR displayed the red flag for clean-up and to tend to an injured pit crew member.
  • The race resumed on lap 19 with Jones in the 15th position.
  • Moving up to 11th, Jones and crew chief Chris Gayle made the decision to stay out under the lap 40 caution and opt for valuable stage points. The race restarted on lap 46 with Jones scored in the second position.
  • Maintaining his position, Jones was able to cross the finish line in the second position when stage one ended on lap 50. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another small adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51 – 100)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 16th position and finished the stage in 32nd.
  • Restarting the race on lap 55 for stage two, Jones was able to move from 16th to 10th over the next five laps.
  • Unfortunately, with no indication, Jones blew a right-front tire on lap 73 and with no control of the steering, hit the outside wall. The damage sustained to the No. 20 Toyota Camry ended the day with a 33rd-place finish.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 STANLEY Security Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 33nd

That was a really hard hit, Erik. It looked like it took your breath away. What did you feel?

“The STANLEY Camry was pretty quick. We were kind of just trying to move to the front and get some track position and I guess we had a right front go down. I felt it pop, and I was kind of along for the ride. It was a pretty hard hit. It’s a shame. The STANLEY Camry was fast. I think we just needed to get up front a little more and we could have contended. It’s a shame; it’s kind of the story of our season. We’ve just had a rough year, and things are just not going our way. Hopefully, we can just turn it around, keep bringing fast cars and have things turn around for us.”

 

Additional Notes: 

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished sixth, Denny Hamlin finished 28th and Martin Truex Jr. finished 38th.

 

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kentucky Speedway on Sunday, July 12, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, PRN radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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June 28th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Earns Season Best of Third at Pocono Raceway

Date: June 28, 2020

Event: Pocono 350 (Round 15 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile Triangle)

Format: 140 laps (3 Stages: 30 laps / 85 laps / 140 laps)

Start/Finish: 38th/3rd (Running, Completed 140 of 140 laps)

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 1 Winner: Kurt Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 30)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started the second race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway from the 38th position and finished stage one in 12th place.
  • With rain in the area Sunday afternoon, Jones rolled off from the 38th position and advanced to 25th before NASCAR displayed the red flag for rain on lap five.
  • Following the rain delay, the race restarted on lap 11 with Jones in the 21st position.
  • Continuing to make his way forward, Jones was scored 12th when the caution waved on lap 30 to end the first stage. Pretty happy with the handling of the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry, Jones stayed out and was told to save fuel under the caution.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31 – 85)

  • Jones started the second stage from the sixth position and finished the stage in 13th.
  • The race restarted on lap 35 with Jones in the sixth position.
  • With a quick caution on lap 38, crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the handling of the CRAFTSMAN Camry. The race restarted on lap 44 with Jones in the 24th position.
  • Battling back to the top 10, Jones was scored in the sixth position on lap 75 when the caution waved. Gayle again called Jones to pit road for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 79 with Jones in the 12th position and before the end of the lap, the caution flag was again displayed. Reporting that he had a loose left rear wheel, Jones was forced to pit for left-side tires and fuel. Jones returned to the track and restarted the race on lap 83 from the 23rd position.
  • The caution waved on lap 85 with Jones in the 13th position. Gayle made the decision to leave Jones on track and save fuel.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 86-140)

  • Jones started the final stage from the ninth position and finished the race in the third position.
  • For the final stage of the race, Jones restarted the race from ninth on lap 89.
  • As the final stage continued under green-flag conditions and NASCAR battled the remainder of daylight, Jones was able to make his way as high as second before having to pit on lap 106 for fuel only. Returning to the track in the 14th position, Jones was able to stay focused and move his way back in to the top five in the final laps.
  • Jones crossed the finish line in the third position.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 Craftsman Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 3rd

How was your race today?

“Yeah, today was a lot better than yesterday for sure. It’s great to rebound like that. Unfortunately, I think we could have – definitely could have had two top-fives, and really, I think our primary car was quite a bit better than this car. I thought we could have probably contended both days a little more towards the win if we had our primary, but the CRAFTSMAN Camry was good. We made good changes overnight. We actually changed a lot of stuff and tried to kind of rebalance with what we had with this backup car. It’s nice to get a solid finish. I mean, we came off a good run at Talladega and went right back to a DNF and to come back here with a third. We just need to be consistent from here and keep it rolling.”

How much did the track conditions change as darkness set in during the closing laps?

“They changed quite a bit as far as it did rubber in a little bit after the shower we got. It kind of changed – it got tighter and then after the sun went down, I thought it freed up the last probably 25 laps. We were pretty loose at the end. It was kind of holding us back from really doing much more than running third, but it did change a lot. It was pretty dark the last 10 laps, but I was glad we could get the race in.”

 

Additional Notes:

  • With his third-place finish, Jones scored his fourth top-five finish of the season.
  • Gaining points with his third-place finish, Jones was able to move up one position in the point standings to the 16th position.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin won the race, Martin Truex Jr. finished 10th and Kyle Busch finished 38th.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBC, ISM radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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June 27th, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes 38th at Pocono Raceway

Date: June 27, 2020

Event: Pocono Organics 325 (Round 14 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile Triangle)

Format: 130 laps (3 Stages: 25 laps / 77 laps / 130 laps)

Start/Finish: 19th/38th (Accident, Completed 70 of 130 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 Winner: Aric Almirola

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 25)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started the first race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway from the 19th position and finished stage one in 10th place.
  • With rain delaying the start of Saturday’s race, Jones and the No. 20 team rolled off from the 19th and settled in, taking their time until the competition caution on lap 12. Running in the 19th position, Jones radioed the team that he was a little snug, but just needed track position. Crew chief Chris Gayle opted for track position and decided to stay out under the caution. Jones restarted the race from 12th on lap 16.
  • As the stage continued and teams opted for varying pit strategies, Jones was scored 10th when the caution waved on lap 25 to end stage one.  Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26 – 77)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 25th position and finished the stage in 38th.
  • Restarting the race from 25th on lap 30, Jones was able to start his march to the front, picking off one competitor at a time.
  • Jones moved in to the top 20 on lap 32 and returned to the top 10 on lap 44.
  • As the field began making green-flag stops, Jones was able to advance to third before the caution waved on lap 64 for a single-car incident. Jones pitted for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 69 with Jones 13th.
  • Battling for position, contact from a competitor on lap 70 turned Jones in to the inside wall. With too much damage to the CRAFTSMAN Camry, Jones was unable to continue in the Pocono Organics 325.
  • The No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team was credited with a 38th-place finish.

 

Additional Notes:

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

 

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series stays at Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 350 on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and MRN radio.

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June 23rd, 2020 |

Erik Jones Finishes Fifth at Talladega Superspeedway

Date: June 22, 2020 (Postponed from June 21, 2020)

Event: GEICO 500 (Round 13 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval)

Format: 188 laps (3 Stages: 60 laps / 60 laps / 68 laps)

Start/Finish: 18th/5th (Running, Completed 191 of 191 laps)

Point Standings: 18th (273 Points, 190 Points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Ryan Blaney

Stage 1 Winner: Tyler Reddick

Stage 2 Winner: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1 – 60)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started the postponed GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway from the 18th position and finished stage one in 23rd place.
  • Rolling off from 18th, Jones immediately dropped to the back of the lead pack where he remained when the scheduled competition caution flag waved on lap 25. Needing to be a little tighter, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and multiple adjustments. The race restarted on lap 29 with Jones scored 23rd.
  • Unfortunately, rain halted the race on lap 55 and forced NASCAR to red-flag conditions.
  • Following the rain delay, NASCAR resumed the race and ended stage one under caution. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61 – 120)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 20th position and finished the stage in 29th.
  • With a solid pit stop during the stage break, Jones restarted the race on lap 64 from the 20th position.
  • Jones again dropped to the back of the lead pack and was scored 33rd on lap 65.
  • Making routine stops throughout the stage when the caution flag was displayed, Jones finished stage two in 29th. With Jones fresh off a pit stop on lap 114, the team was planning to stay out under the caution, but a vibration on the final laps of the stage caused enough concern that the team pitted for four tires and fuel.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 121 – 188)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 29th position and finished the race in fifth place.
  • Restarting the race on lap 125, Jones was able to make his way from 29th to 26th before the caution waved on lap 133. Opting for right-side tires and fuel, Jones restarted the race on lap 138 from the 13th position.
  • Moving in to the top 10, the No. 20 team was scored ninth when the caution waved on lap 141. The team opted to stay on track and restarted the race from second on lap 146.
  • Shuffled out of the front row position, Jones was running mid pack when he made a green-flag stop late in the race. Several laps later, the caution flag waved for the final time. Opting to stay out, Jones restarted the race from 13th on lap 189.
  • Making a charge to the front, Jones was able to get side-by-side with the leader, but as the field approached the checkered flag, contact from a competitor caused the No. 20 to make contact with the outside wall. Despite the damage, Jones was able to cross the finish line in the fifth position.

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

Finishing Position: 5th

Top-five finish. Probably not the way you wanted to cross the finish line, but a solid day. Talk about the finish.

“Yeah it was good. We kind of rode around today and just tried to stay clean – stay out of trouble – and give ourselves a chance there at the end, and that’s what we did. We got a fortunate yellow there after we had to pit for fuel. We got relined up and gave ourselves an opportunity. We had the momentum. We had the run in the end. The 12 (Ryan Blaney) kind of came up on us there. He moved us up the track, which in turn, kind of got us turned into the fence. It’s superspeedway racing. He’s doing what he has to win; I’m doing what I have to win, and it didn’t play out in our favor, so at least we were there and had a shot to win one of these things. They aren’t easy to win by any means, so it was nice to be up there.”

 

Additional Notes:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin finished fourth, Martin Truex Jr. finished 24th and Kyle Busch finished 32nd.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Pocono Raceway for a double header weekend starting on Saturday, June 27, 2020 and Sunday, June 28, 2020. Coverage of Saturday’s race will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX followed by Sunday’s race on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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