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February 21st, 2021 |

Erik Jones finishes in the 14th-place at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course

Erik Jones and the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team finished in the 14th-place in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course on Sunday, February 21.

The lineup for the 70-lap event was determined by using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which  takes into account finishing positions from the previous race (weighted 25% owner and 25% driver, 39th-place Daytona), the ranking in team owner points (35%, 40th-place) and the fastest lap from the previous race (15%). Jones started the event at the 3.61 -mile road course- oval hybrid in Daytona Beach, Fla., from the 37th-place on Row 19. He had to start at the rear of the field due to a previously received penalty for the engine change prior to the Daytona 500.

On Lap 10 Jones had to pit under green-flag conditions with a flat left rear tire and fender damage.

Jones was scored as high as he 12th-place on the iconic 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course-oval hybrid, for the last of the back-to-back weekend at the Daytona International Speedway.

“It was a pretty up and down day for our Richard Petty Motorsports team. We had a tire issue early and then got lucky with a caution – stayed on the lead lap, and then had to battle back from that. We struggled a bit keeping the track position and staying up front. It was kind of a back-and-forth battle for us. I thought we had a top-15 Chevrolet, maybe top-10 finish if some things worked out.

“It is a decent finish for the No. 43 Petty’s Garage Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1Le. We just missed the set-up from the Clash: we tried to do a few new things and change some stuff around, but it didn’t quite work the way we wanted. Good notes for us coming back and hopefully for the future road courses. I am glad we could get a decent finish out of it and move onto next week.” – Erik Jones

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February 9th, 2021 |

Erik Jones finishes in the eighth-place in the Busch Clash at DAYTONA

WELCOME, N.C. (February 5, 2021)—In anticipation of the 63rd annual DAYTONA 500, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today a partnership with the Armor All® brand, a leader in car care, providing consumers with innovative products that clean, shine and protect automotive surfaces. Armor All will be the primary partner of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS), piloted by Erik Jones, at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Sunday, February 14.

Armor All, an Energizer Holdings, Inc., brand, will be returning to NASCAR for the first time since 2010, and reigniting its celebrated history in the sport by partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports. Some of the highlights of the brand’s involvement at the Daytona International Speedway includes a fifth-place finish with Neil Bonnett in the 1976 DAYTONA 500. In the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season-opener, Armor All collected their first victory for the brand with Tony Stewart.

“We are proud to showcase the Armor All brand on racing’s biggest stage,” Katina Wall, category leader, Americas Auto Care, Energizer Holdings, said. “Our sister brand, STP, has won four DAYTONA 500s on the iconic No. 43. We are looking forward to Armor All getting its first one with Erik Jones and Richard Petty Motorsports.”

The 24-year-old Byron, Michigan, native has eight starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at the 2.5-mile trioval in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jones posted a victory at the Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2018, and has collected two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes, recording 36 laps led. In addition, Jones has six starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at the Daytona International Speedway.

“It is cool to have the Armor All brand on our No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE,” Jones said. “I am excited to work with them. I grew up using the Armor All brand of products on a lot of the stuff that we worked on and cleaned. I continue to use them today.”

“The Armor All brand paint scheme looks great. I have seen our No. 43 Armor All Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at the Richard Petty Motorsports shop. I think the orange and black is going to stand out during the DAYTONA 500, and hopefully we can get them to victory lane.”

A longtime partner of Richard Petty, the STP brand will celebrate 50 years of a storied partnership with the start of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Together, STP and Petty have collected 64 victories, including four in the DAYTONA 500. Continuing to partner with Richard Petty Motorsports, STP, which delivers products that help engines run better, longer, joins Jones at the ‘Great American Race’ debuting a special 50th anniversary logo commemorating the partnership.

In addition, STP will serve as an associate partner on the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for the entirety of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with Richard Petty Motorsports.

The DAYTONA 500 at the Daytona International Speedway will be broadcast live on FOX on Sunday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

About Energizer Holdings, Inc.

Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ENR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of primary batteries, portable lights, and auto care appearance, performance, refrigerant, and fragrance products. Our portfolio of globally recognized brands include Energizer®, Armor All®, Eveready®, Rayovac®, STP®, Varta®, A/C Pro®, Refresh Your Car! ®, California Scents®, Driven®, Bahama & Co. ®, LEXOL®, Eagle One®, Nu Finish®, Scratch Doctor®, and Tuff Stuff®. As a global branded consumer products company, Energizer’s mission is to lead the charge to deliver value to our customers and consumers better than anyone else.

About Richard Petty Motorsports

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. RPM is the winningest team in NASCAR Cup Series history with 273 wins and has business partnerships with national and global leaders. Today the race operation fields the famed No. 43 in the NASCAR Cup Series with driver Erik Jones. The team is headquartered in Welcome, N.C.

For additional information, news and the latest updates, please visit www.richardpettymotorsports.com or connect with RPM on Facebook (Richard Petty Motorsports), Twitter (@RPMotorsports) or Instagram (@richardpettymotorsports).

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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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