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October 15th, 2019 |

Strong Run for Jones Ends with 34th-Place Finish Following Late-Race Accident at Talladega Superspeedway

Box Score Info:

Date: October 13, 2019

Event: 1000Bulbs.com 500 (Race 31 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile Superspeedway)

Format: 188 Laps (Stages: 55 laps / 55 laps / 78 laps)

Start/Finish: 11th/34th (Completed 162 of 188)

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Ryan Blaney

Stage 1 Winner: William Byron

Stage 2 Winner: Clint Bowyer

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-55)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway from the 11th position and finished stage one in 35th.
  • With rain scattered around the area, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 got under way Sunday afternoon with Jones rolling off from 11th and making his way in to the top five early in stage one.
  • As the field started making green-flag stops, crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 35 for fuel and an adjustment before sending Jones back on track.
  • The first caution of the race waved on lap 36 and the team opted to leave Jones on track to restart the race from sixth on lap 40.
  • With five laps remaining in the stage, the right-rear tire on the No. 20 went flat forcing the team to make an unscheduled stop. Jones returned to the track in the 35th position, one lap down to the leaders, where he remained when the caution waved on lap 55 to end the stage.
  • As NASCAR waved the caution at the stage break, rain started at the track and NASCAR was forced to display the red flag. The rain continued throughout the afternoon and NASCAR made the decision to postpone the remainder of the race to Monday afternoon.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 56-110)

  • Jones started stage two from the 36th position and ended the stage in 24th.
  • Before the race returned to green-flag conditions on Monday afternoon, the No. 20 team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel and to assess any damage caused by the blown tire early in stage one. Happy with the DEWALT Camry, Jones returned to the track to restart the race on lap 62 from the 36th position as the first car one lap down.
  • Running with the lead pack cars, Jones was able to get the “lucky dog” to return to the lead lap when the caution waved on lap 106.
  • The stage remained under yellow-flag condition to end stage two on lap 110 with Jones in the 24th position. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires and fuel during the stage break.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 111-188)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 15th position and finished the race 34th.
  • Back on the lead lap and with a fast Camry, Jones was able to stay in line and moved up to as high as second early in stage two before being shuffled through the field.
  • The caution waved on lap 131 for debris with Jones scored 21st. Opting for left side tires and fuel, Jones restarted the race from seventh on lap 137.
  • Maintaining his position in the top 15 as the field raced two and three-wide, Jones made his final stop of the race for right-side tires and fuel during the lap 152 caution. Following the stop, Jones restarted the race from 13th on lap 157.
  • Moving in to the top five, Jones was caught in an accident on lap 162 when the car in the low line was spun in to the top line and Jones had nowhere to go. Unable to continue in the race due to damage to the DEWALT Camry, Jones was credited with a 34th-place finish.

 

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

What happened to take you out of the race?

“It looks like the 1 (Kurt Busch) turned the 24 (William Byron) and kind of caused that wreck, so it’s unfortunate. We had a really fast car today. It’s one of the best superspeedway cars we’ve brought as far as single car and pack speed. It’s disappointing. The DEWALT Camry was definitely a contender, I thought, for a win today. We battled back from a lap down and got right back to the front. It’s unfortunate. We’ve just been on a bad streak and we haven’t been able to shake it. Hopefully next week at Kansas – it’s been a good track to us – we can get things back going again.”

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin finished third, Kyle Busch finished 19th and Martin Truex, Jr. finished 26th.

 

Next Race: With five races remaining in the 2019 season, teams now head to Kansas Speedway on Sunday, October 20, 2019 for the Hollywood Casino 400. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

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October 7th, 2019 |

Late-Race Penalty Drops Jones to 15th at Monster Mile

Box Score Info:

Date: October 6, 2019

Event: Drydene 400 (Race 30 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile concrete oval)

Format: 400 Laps (Stages: 120 laps / 120 laps / 160 laps)

Start/Finish: 8th/15th

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway from the eighth position and finished the first stage in ninth.
  • Looking to tackle the Monster Mile on Sunday, Jones and the No. 20 team rolled off from the eighth spot, but battling a tight-handling Camry early in the race, dropped outside the top 10 in the opening laps.
  • With the stage continuing under a long green-flag run, the No. 20 team made their first scheduled stop of the race on lap 76 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored 10th.
  • Firing off a little better following the pit stop, the No. 20 Camry gravitated to the tight side as the stage continued.
  • The caution waved on lap 120 to end stage one with Jones in the ninth position. The team called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240)

  • Jones started stage two from seventh and ended the stage in the same position.
  • Restarting the race on lap 127 for stage two, Jones was able to maintain his position in the top 10 before making a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 184 for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored fifth.
  • The caution waved on lap 240 to end the stage and Jones radioed crew chief Chris Gayle that the No. 20 was a “handful.” The team called Jones to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and adjustments. With a fast stop by the No. 20 team, Jones gained several spots on pit road to advance to fourth for the start of the final stage.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 241-400)

  • Jones started the final stage from fourth and finished the race in 15th.
  • Continuing under a long-green flag run, Jones slipped to eighth before making a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 321 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the tight-handling conditions. Unfortunately, Jones was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to make a pass through penalty down pit road. With the penalty, the No. 20 team dropped from the lead lap to two laps down in the 16th position.
  • As the race remained green for the remainder of the 400 lap race, Jones was able to gain one spot to cross the finish line in the 16th position.

 

 

Additional Notes

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

 

Next Race: Teams now head to Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The race is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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September 30th, 2019 |

Jones Eliminated from NASCAR Playoffs with 40th-Place Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval

Box Score Info:

Date: September 29, 2019

Event: Bank of America Roval 400 (Race 29 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28-mile Road Course)

Format: 109 Laps (Stages: 25 laps / 25 laps / 59 laps)

Start/Finish: 15th/40th

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval from the 15th position and finished the first stage 40th.
  • Struggling with rear grip early in the race, Jones was able to maintain his position in the top 20 before the caution waved on lap 19. Opting to stay out under the caution, Jones lined up in the eighth position for the lap 22 restart. Unfortunately, contact from a competitor going in to the first turn sent Jones in to the wall. With little damage to the CRAFTSMAN Camry, Jones pitted to repair the damage. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, the team determined a hole in the radiator forcing the Jones to retire from the race and credited with a 40th-place finish, eliminating the team from the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex, Jr. finished seventh, Denny Hamlin 19th and Kyle Busch 37th.

 

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

And just like that, Erik, your Playoffs are over.

“It’s unfortunate. We just had three really bad weeks and it’s some of our own doing and some not our own doing, but it’s racing. We’ve got really fast cars. I know we can probably go out and win some more races this year, which is I guess a consolation prize. I’d love to be moving forward here and challenging for the championship. I thought we could’ve went pretty deep this year, but it’s just the nature of the Playoffs. The CRAFTSMAN Camry – we were struggling today here early on, but we were going to fight all day and unfortunately we didn’t get that opportunity. We’ll keep racing all year and you know next year, come back and improve on what we can.”

 

Next Race: Teams now head to the Dover International Speedway for the Drydene 400 on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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September 23rd, 2019 |

Jones Fourth-Place Finish at Richmond Raceway Disqualified Following Post-Race Inspection

 

Box Score Info:

Date: September 21, 2019

Event: Federated Auto Parts 400 (Race 28 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Richmond Raceway (.75-mile D-shaped Oval)

Format: 400 Laps (Stages: 100 laps / 100 laps / 200 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/4th** (The No. 20 car failed post-race technical inspection and was disqualified, resulting in an official finish of 38th.)

Point Standings: 16th (2008 points, 45 points outside the cutoff for the Round of 12)

 

Race Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started Saturday night’s race at Richmond Raceway from the 16th position and finished the first stage ninth.
  • Racing under the lights Saturday night, Jones and the CRAFTSMAN team struggled with the handling of the No. 20 Camry early in stage one, but were able to advance in to the top 10 to finish the first stage in the ninth position. The team opted to pit for the first time under the stage caution for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. With a solid stop, Jones gained two spots on pit road.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200)

  • Jones restarted stage two from the seventh position and ended the stage fourth.
  • With one quick caution early in the stage, Jones was able to maintain his position in the top 10 and moved in to the top five on lap 140.
  • Gaining one more position, Jones was able to finish the stage in the fourth position. Running lap times comparable to the leaders, but still needing help with the handling of the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry, Jones pitted under the stage two caution on lap 200 for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 201-400)

  • Jones restarted the final stage from fifth and finished the race fourth.
  • The final stage started on lap 209 with Jones in the fifth position. Focused on the leaders, Jones was scored in the sixth-position when the caution waved on lap 242 for a single-car incident. The team called Jones to pit road for a routine stop and the race restarted on lap 250 with Jones in the seventh spot.
  • With the handling of the No. 20 Camry continuing to improve throughout the race, Jones was able to move up to fourth before the final caution of the race waved on lap 314. Pitting for four tires, fuel and adjustments, Jones restarted the race for the final time from sixth on lap 321.
  • Staying green for the remainder of the 400-lap event, Jones was able to take over fourth on lap 378 and remained in the spot when the checker flag waved.
  • **Unfortunately, the No. 20 Camry failed post-race technical inspection and was disqualified, resulting in an official finish of 38th.

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. won the race with Kyle Busch finishing second and Denny Hamlin finishing third.

 

Next Race: Teams now had to the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the final race of the Round of 16 on Sunday, September 29, 2019. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

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September 16th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 36th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: September 15, 2019

Event: South Point 400 (Race 27 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile)

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

Start/Finish: 26th/36th (Completed 254 of 267 laps)

Point Standings: 16th (2007 points, 26 points outside the cutoff for the Round of 12)

 

Race Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Garage Toyota Camry team started the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the 26th position and finished stage one 10th.
  • Rolling off for 267 laps around the 1.5-mile track, Jones radioed the team early in the race that the CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Garage Camry was too tight for his liking, but was able to slowly gain positions and moved in to the top 20 by lap 15.
  • Continuing under a long green-flag run, Jones made a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 40 from the 16th position for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored 11th.
  • Running fast laps, Jones moved in to the top 10 on lap 71, but began voicing concern over the throttle sticking.
  • The caution waved on lap 80 to end the stage with the No. 20 team in the 10th position. Still fighting a tight-handling car, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. A slow stop dropped the team to 17th for the start of stage two.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160)

  • Jones restarted stage two from the 17th position and ended the stage 39th.
  • The race restarted on lap 86 for stage two with Jones in 17th. Unfortunately, on the restart, the throttle stuck and Jones was unable to get the CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Garage Camry in to gear. Jones pitted to work on the car and ultimately had to take the No. 20 Camry to the garage for extended repairs.
  • Following repairs Jones was able to return to the race 15 laps down to the leaders.
  • The caution waved on lap 160 to end the stage. Under the caution, Jones pitted for four tires and fuel.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267)

  • Jones restarted the final stage from 39th and finished the race 36th.
  • During the final stage of the race, Jones and the No. 20 team stayed focused on running the remaining laps.
  • Jones was able to gain several positons to finish the race 36th.

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. won the race with Kyle Busch finishing 15th and Denny Hamlin finishing 19th.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Gas Monkey Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 36th

First off, you said over the radio that it was stuck in second gear. Any idea on how it happened?

“Yeah, we had an issue with the throttle sticking the run before. I think it got stuck wide open when I was trying to shift to third, and obviously, you can’t shift wide open or else it’s going to jam it in the rails. The rails got jammed there in the shifter on the actual transmission and we couldn’t get it on pit road. You had to take the shifter boot off, and get in there and fix it from the top side. Had to fix it. Just unfortunate.”

 

Your car was still really fast.

“Yeah, I think we had one of the better cars out there. We were 30 laps farther on tires than a lot of guys and running just as fast if not faster. It’s a bummer. I think we could have run top three. I don’t know. I didn’t race up there with those guys; we broke before the second stage even got going really. 25 points out; we just have to focus and run well the next two.”

 

Does that make one of the next two a must win?

“No. I think we can still get in on points. The gap is not too big to climb out of. We need to run well, no worse than top-fives the next two weeks if we don’t win. I think Richmond’s our shot to win; the Roval is kind of a wildcard for us – a tougher one to win. We have to push hard. We can’t outdo ourselves and beat outselves, but we definitely have to race hard.”

 

Next Race: Teams now had to Richmond Raceway to race under the lights on Saturday, September 21, 2019, for the second race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

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