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November 18th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes Third in Season Finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: November 17, 2019

Event: Ford Ecoboost 400 (Race 36 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

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

Start/Finish: 16th/3rd (Completed 267 of 267)

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started the final race of the season from the 16th position and ended stage one in 10th place.
  • With rain washing out practice on Friday, NASCAR opted to cancel Saturday’s qualifying session for practice, placing the No. 20 team with the 16th starting position.
  • Struggling with tight conditions early in the stage, Jones slipped as low as 20th before starting to make his way back to the top 15.
  • Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 35 for a green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to help with the handling. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored in 16th.
  • The caution waved on lap 80 to end stage one with Jones in the 13th position as the last car on the lead lap. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments to improve the handling of the DEWALT Camry.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160)

  • Jones started stage two from the 10th position and ended the stage in eighth.
  • The race restarted on lap 86 with Jones in the 10th position and as the race continued under a long green-flag run, Jones was called to pit road on lap 117 for a routine stop.
  • Continuing to run in the top 10, Jones was scored ninth when the caution waved on lap 136. Relaying to the team that he was still too tight early in the run, Gayle called Jones to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and another set of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 142 with Jones in ninth place.
  • Dropping a few spots to 12th following the restart, Jones made his way back to eighth before the caution waved on lap 160 to end stage two. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments during the stage break.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267)

  • Jones started the final stage from the eighth position and finished the race with a third-place finish.
  • The race restarted on lap 166 with Jones and the DEWALT team scored in the eighth position. Jones immediately began running some of the fastest laps of the race and started to pick off one competitor at a time to move in to the top five on lap 202.
  • Remaining green for the remainder of the race, Jones was able to finish the season with a strong third-place finish.

 

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

How was your race tonight?

“It was up and down for us. It really started pretty far off and just got our car really good by the end. I was feeling pretty confident the last stage. We were able to pick up a lot of ground and had the fastest car for a little bit, but got in the wall one too many times and didn’t have a shot at the end. It was a good day. Those guys are the best – the 18 (Kyle Busch) and the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.), so to run with them was a good feeling. The DEWALT Camry was good at the end. It was nice to finish off the year strong because the last two here haven’t been very good to us, so it was good.”

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch won the race and the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Teammate Martin Truex, Jr. finished second and Denny Hamlin finished 10th.
  • Jones finished the season with one win, 10 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes.
  • Jones finished the season 16th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings.
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November 10th, 2019 |

Erik Jones, No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Race Recap for Bluegreen Vacations 500k

Date: Nov. 10, 2019

Event: Bluegreen Vacations 500k (Round 35 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: ISM Raceway near Phoenix (1-mile oval)

Format: 312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/162 laps)

Start/Finish: 9th/7th (Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)

Point Standing: 16th (2,157 points)

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

Jones started ninth and finished 13th.

At lap 25, the driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry reported that his racecar was “really, really tight” and “getting worse every lap.”

Jones dropped a spot after the start and steadily ran 10th until catching up to lapped traffic with less than 20 laps to go.

The Interstate Batteries driver fell to 11th as he maneuvered through the tail end of the lapped pack.

When the first caution of the race came out with nine laps to go in the stage, Jones and most of the lead pack pitted.

After quick work in the pits, Jones restarted in 10th.

As the drivers raced the final two laps of the stage, Jones was shuffled as far back as 15th before making up two spots to finish 13th.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):

Jones started 11th, finished 17th.

The Interstate Batteries driver was running in 13th at lap 90.

With 35 laps to go in the stage, Jones had fallen slightly to 16th. He held steady there as racing stayed caution-free.

Jones got passed with less than 10 laps to go and remained in 17th to finish the stage.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 151-312):

Jones started 19th, finished seventh.

During the post-stage caution at lap 153, Jones brought the No. 20 to pit road, entering in 17th and exiting to restart 19th.

The Interstate Batteries driver quickly shot up to 12th after the lap-160 restart and was up to 11th by lap 165.

The caution came out on lap 166 for a single-car incident when the No. 9 of Chase Elliott had an issue that sent it smashing into the wall.

On the ensuing lap-173 restart, Jones vaulted up to eighth.

Jones kept the No. 20 in the eighth spot for the next 40 laps, then briefly fell back as far as 10th.

Green-flag pit stops began on lap 244, and Jones had advanced to fifth when he brought the Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to pit road at lap 247.

Jones returned to the track in ninth, then advanced to eighth.

As Jones ran in eighth for the next 60 laps, racing stayed green until a caution was called with nine laps to go.

He pitted during the caution for four tires and fuel for the final push to the checkered flag.

Jones came out in eighth and raced up to seventh to finish the race.

Notes:

Jones’ seventh-place finish is his 16th top-10 of the season and his fourth top-10 in seven career races at Phoenix.

Denny Hamlin won the Bluegreen Vacations 500k to score his 37th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his sixth of the season and his third at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .377 of a second.

There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.

Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Bluegreen Vacations 500k finished on the lead lap.

Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

We struggled with the handling on our Interstate Camry early in the race. We made good adjustments but track position was everything. We had a really fast racecar at the end but we just needed a few more cautions. We had a solid top-10 day and we’re ready to head to Homestead to finish up the season.”

Team Interstate Results:

Denny Hamlin finished first.

Kyle Busch finished second.

Martin Truex Jr. finished sixth.

Erik Jones finished seventh.

Team Interstate Points:

Martin Truex Jr. (5,000 points) – CLINCHED BERTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Denny Hamlin (5,000 points) – CLINCHED BERTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Kyle Busch (5,000 points) – CLINCHED BERTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Erik Jones (16th with 2,157 points)

Next Up: The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final race of the 10-race playoffs starts at 3 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by NBC.

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November 4th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 10th at Texas Motor Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: November 3, 2019

Event: AAA Texas 500 (Race 34 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

Format: 334 Laps (Stages: 85 laps / 85 laps / 164 laps)

Start/Finish: 2nd/10th (Completed 334 of 334)

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner: Aric Almirola

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started the race Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway from the second position and finished stage one in the 12th spot.
  • Settling in to the second position behind eventual race winner Kevin Harvick, Jones was pretty quiet on the radio until he ran over a sign that had fallen on to the track on lap 14. Following the incident, the caution flag was displayed for debris. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for fuel and to check the Sport Clips Camry for any damage from the sign. The race restarted on lap 19 with Jones in the 19th position.
  • Over the next 50 laps and multiple cautions, Jones was able to close back in on the lead before pitting late in the stage during the lap 71 caution for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 76 with Jones in 27th.
  • Quickly making moves, Jones moved in to the top 20 on lap 77 and the top 15 on lap 80 before finishing the stage in 12th.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170)

  • Jones started stage two from the third position and ended the stage in second.
  • The race restated on lap 95 for the second stage and as the stage continued under a long green-flag run, Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 148 for right-side tires and fuel. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored second where he remained when the caution flag waved on lap 170 to end the stage. Reporting the handling of the Sport Clips Camry as being too tight, Jones pitted for left-side tires and fuel.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 171-334)

  • Jones started the final stage from the fourth position and finished the race 10th.
  • The race restarted on lap 177 for the final stage with Jones in the fourth position. With multiple cautions early in the stage, Jones settled in to the top five before making a green-flag pit stop on lap 241 for four tires and fuel. Unfortunately, the caution waved while Jones was on pit road and trapped the No. 20 team one lap down in the 17th position. When pit road opened and the leaders pitted, Jones was able to take the wave around to get back on the lead lap and restart the race at the back of the field in the 17th position on lap 248.
  • With less than 100 laps remaining in the race, Jones was able to quickly make his way back in to the top 10 on lap 258 and make his way as high as eighth before stalling out and finishing the race with a strong 10th-place finish.

 

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

Talk about your finish.

“It was okay, the car was alright. Got caught out there on pit road and had to restart pretty far back with 90 to go and just drive back to where we could. Kind of a tough day. The Sport Clips Camry fired off the race well and just kind of lost it through the race. We’ll go on to Phoenix and hopefully be a little bit better.”

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. finished sixth, Kyle Busch finished seventh and Denny Hamlin salvaged a 28th-place finish.

 

Next Race: With two races remaining in the 2019 season, teams now head to ISM Raceway on Sunday, November 10, 2019. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and MRN Radio.

 

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October 28th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 20th at Martinsville Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: October 27, 2019

Event: First Date 500 (Race 33 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Martinsville Speedway (.526-mile Paperclip)

Format: 500 Laps (Stages: 130 laps / 130 laps / 240 laps)

Start/Finish: 8th/20th (Completed 499 of 500)

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-130)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway from the eighth position and finished stage one in 11th place.
  • Early in the stage, Jones slipped a few position before he reported to the team that he was too tight to make moves, but was able to maintain his position in the top 15.
  • The first caution of the race waved on lap 29 and Jones quickly told the team that he was still too tight in the center. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 34 with Jones 11th.
  • Continuing to struggle with the handling of the CRAFTSMAN Camry, Jones was able to hold on to his position to finish the stage in 11th when the caution waved on lap 130. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 131-260)

  • Jones started stage two from the 12th position and ended the stage in ninth.
  • The race restarted on lap 139 for stage two with Jones in the 12th position. Jones immediately radioed the team that he was too tight and over the next 10 laps dropped to 16th.
  • With handling worse than stage one, Jones was scored in the 16th position on lap 176 when the caution waved for an incident on the front stretch. The team called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 184 with Jones in 12th.
  • The caution waved again on lap 251 for the 14 car and Gayle opted to have Jones pit from the 10th position for four tires and fuel. With a shootout to end the stage, Jones restarted the race from ninth on lap 256.
  • The caution waved on lap 260 to end stage two with the CRAFTSMAN team in the ninth position. The team opted to stay out under the caution with only four laps on the tires.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 261-500)

  • Jones started the final stage from the eighth position and finished the race 20th.
  • The race restarted on lap 268 for the final stage with the No. 20 team in the eighth position.
  • On lap 292, Jones reported a left-rear tire down and was forced to pit under green. Loosing several laps on pit road, Jones returned to the track in the 29th position, three laps down to the leaders.
  • The caution waved on lap 346 and with the leaders all pitting, Jones stayed out and took the wave around to get one lap back. The race restarted on lap 352 with Jones in the 29th position, two laps down to the leaders.
  • On lap 361, the caution waved for a multi-car accident on the front stretch. With the leaders staying out, Jones pitted for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 372 with Jones scored 27th, two laps down to the leaders.
  • Staying focused and making up ground over the remainder of the race, Jones finished 20th as the first car one lap down.

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. dominated to win the race, Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Kyle Busch finished 14th.

 

Next Race: Closing in on the end of the 2019 season, teams now head to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 3, 2019 for the AAA Texas 500. The race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN and PRN Radio.

 

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October 21st, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes Seventh at Kansas Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: October 20, 2019

Event: Hollywood Casino 400 (Race 32 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

Format: 267 Laps (Stages: 80 laps / 80 laps / 107 laps)

Start/Finish: 20th/7th (Completed 277 of 277)

Point Standings: 16th

 

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano

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 20th position and finished stage one in ninth place.
  • Starting the race from 20th, Jones wasted no time starting his move to the front moving in to the top 10 on lap three and in the top five on lap 11.
  • Running some of the fastest lap times on the track, Jones was able to run as high as second before making a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 40 for four tires, fuel and a small adjustment. Once the field cycled through pit stops, Jones was scored sixth.
  • Closing in on the final laps of stage one, the caution waved on lap 74 for a single-car incident. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for another routine stop and the team restarted the race on lap 78 from the ninth positon. A shoot out to end the stage, Jones crossed the start/finish line to end stage one on lap 80 in the ninth position.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160)

  • Jones started stage two from the sixth position and ended the stage in 11th.
  • Opting to stay out under the stage break, Jones restarted the race on lap 86 from the sixth positon and was scored in fifth place when the caution waved on lap 115. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments.
  • The race restarted on lap 120 with Jones in the fourth position. Unfortunately, Jones has contact from a competitor on the restart causing the No. 20 Camry to drop to 17th. With damage to the Reser’s Camry, the team devised a plan for repairs during the next pit stop.
  • Settling in and turning the focus back to the leaders, Jones was able to move back in the top 10 on lap 145 and was scored 11th when the caution waved on lap 160 to end stage two. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel, adjustments and to make repairs to the No. 20 Camry.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 13th position and finished the race seventh.
  • The race restarted on lap 166 for the final stage of the Hollywood Casino 400 with Jones in the 13th position. With a fast Camry and focused on the leaders, Jones moved back in to the top 10 on lap 185.
  • Continuing under a long green-flag run, Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 213 for four tires, fuel and a set of adjustments. Once the field cycled through pit stops, the Reser’s team was scored fourth.
  • Running lap times comparable to the leaders, Jones made his way up to third before a late-race caution on lap 252. Jones made his final stop of the race for four tires and fuel. The race restarted on lap 258 with No. 20 Camry in the sixth spot.
  • Jones survived two more late-race cautions and crossed the finish line in seventh following two green-white-checker finishes.

 

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

Finishing Position: 7th

How was the race for you today?

“It was a good day. Kind of up and down. We lost some track position there in that middle stage and it was just a struggle to get it back all day. I thought the Reser’s Camry was really good on the long run and we were kind of running those guys down before we had the caution come out late for the first of those final restarts. We just didn’t have a great short run car and it didn’t play out the way we needed it and not a clean enough race to contend. It’s frustrating when you have that fast of a car, but a good day.”

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin won his fifth race of the season. Kyle Busch finished third and Martin Truex, Jr. finished sixth.

 

Next Race: With four races remaining in the season, teams now head to Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 27, 2019 for the First Data 500. The race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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