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August 19th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 22nd at Bristol Motor Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: August 17, 2019

Event: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Race 24 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (.533-mile Oval)

Format: 500 Laps (Stages: 125 laps / 250 laps / 500 laps)

Start/Finish: 9th/22nd (Completed 495 of 500 laps)

Point Standings: 14th (646 points, 286 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 2 Winner:  Kurt Busch

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-125)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 STANLEY Toyota Camry team started the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway from the ninth position and finished stage one seventh.
  • Rolling off for Saturday night’s race from the ninth position, Jones settled in to the top 10 before reporting to crew chief Chris Gayle that he had no grip and needed help with the handling to the No. 20 Camry. The caution waved on lap 80, giving the team their first opportunity to adjust on the STANLEY Camry. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments. With a solid stop, Jones restarted the 500-lap race from eighth on lap 87.
  • Jones was able to gain one position before the stage ended on lap 125 finishing stage one seventh. Reporting he was a little tight, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments during the stage break.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 126-250)

  • Jones started stage two from eighth and ended the stage in seventh.
  • The race restarted on lap 136 with Jones scored eighth.
  • Making his way as high as fourth during the stage, Jones made two pit stops under yellow-flag conditions during the stage for fresh tires, fuel and to continue working on the tight-handling condition of the STANLEY Camry.
  • The stage ended on lap 250 and with Jones only having two green-flag laps on his Goodyear tires, Gayle made the decision to stay out under the caution to have a better starting position for the final stage of the race.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 251-500)

  • Jones started the final stage from fourth and finished the race in 22nd.
  • With a fast Camry, Jones moved in to second on lap 361 before the caution waved on lap 362. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The race restarted on lap 371 with Jones in second and he quickly took the lead before the caution waved one lap later.
  • Jones led the field back to green on lap 387 and on lap 398 while battling for the lead, made contact with the outside wall. A flat tire and damage to the No. 20 STANLEY Camry forced Jones to pit road under green-flag conditions for fresh tires and to make repairs. Jones returned to the track three laps down to the leaders.
  • Continuing to run laps, Jones was able to cross the finish line in 22nd, five laps down to the leaders.

 

Additional Notes

  • Jones led the race one time for 23 laps.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin won the race with Kyle Busch finishing fourth and Martin Truex, Jr. 13th.

 

Next Race: Teams now have their final off weekend of the year before returning to action at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 1, 2019, for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. The race is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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August 12th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 18th at Michigan International Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: August 11, 2019

Event: Consumers Energy 400 (Race 23 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile Oval)

Format: 200 Laps (Stages: 60 laps / 120 laps / 200 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/18th (Completed 200 of 200 laps)

Point Standings: 14th (623 points, 269 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 2 Winner:  Kyle Busch

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway from the 16th positon and finished stage one in the 12th spot.
  • Racing in front of his home crowd, Jones started to make his move to the top 10, but stalled out in the 11th position before making a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 42 for right side tires, fuel and an adjustment.
  • Remaining green for the remainder of the stage, the green-checker flag waved on lap 60 with Jones in 12th. With a tight-handling Camry, Jones pitted for another round of adjustments and left-side tires and fuel.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120)

  • Jones started stage two from sixth and ended the stage in fifth.
  • The race restarted on lap 66 and shortly after the start of the stage, Jones radioed crew chief Chris Gayle that the No. 20 Camry was too loose and as the run continued, he slipped to ninth at the halfway point of the stage.
  • Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 110 for a scheduled green-flag stop for right-side tires and fuel.
  • As stops cycled through the field, the caution waved on lap 115 for the No. 2 car spinning with a tire issue. Jones stayed out under the caution and restarted the race from third on lap 119.
  • The green-checker flag waved on lap 120 to end the stage with Jones in the fifth position. Following a multi-car accident as the stage ended, pit road opened and Jones pitted for left-side tires, fuel and another round of adjustments.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 121-200)

  • Jones started the final stage from 18th and finished the race in the same position.
  • The final stage of the 200-lap event started on lap 127 with Jones in the 18th position as teams opted for varying pit strategies.
  • With the handling of the DEWALT Camry not coming around during the final stage, Jones struggled to move forward and dropped as low at 21st before crossing the finish line in the 18th position.

 

Additional Notes

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

 

Next Race: Teams now head to Bristol Motor Speedway under the lights on Saturday, August 17, 2019 for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

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August 5th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes Fourth at Watkins Glen International

Box Score Info:

Date: August 4, 2019

Event: Go Bowling at The Glen (Race 22 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Watkins Glen International (2.45-mile Road Course)

Format: 90 Laps (Stages: 20 laps / 40 laps / 90 laps)

Start/Finish: 14th/4th (Completed 90 of 90 laps)

Point Standings: 13th (559 points, 265 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Chase Elliott    

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team rolled off from the 14th position for The Go Bowling at The Glen and ended stage one in the eighth position.
  • In front of a sold out crowd at the New York road course, Jones had a fast Camry from the start of the race and began to make his move to the front moving in to the top 10 before lap five.
  • With the stage remaining green for the full 20 laps, Jones was able to advance to eighth when the green checkered flag waved on lap 20. With Jones reporting the DEWALT Camry was handling pretty good, the team called Jones to pit road for four tires and fuel during the stage break.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40)

  • Jones started stage two from 11th and ended the stage in eighth.
  • As varying pit strategies came in to play, Jones restarted the race on lap 24 from the 11th position and returned to the top 10 on lap 25 before taking over eighth on lap 30.
  • The caution waved on lap 32 for fluid on the track. The team opted to stay out under the caution and restarted the race from seventh on lap 36.
  • Jones slipped one position before the caution waved on lap 38 for a single-car incident. The stage ended on lap 40 under caution. The team opted to stick with their plan and stayed out under the caution.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 41-90)

  • Jones started the final stage from eighth and finished the race in fourth.
  • The race restarted on lap 43 with Jones scored eighth before taking over seventh on lap 44.
  • As the race continued and green-flag pit stops began, Jones reported the only area he needed a little help with was the carousel. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road from the fourth position on lap 59 for a scheduled green-flag stop. The team changed four tires and added fuel.
  • The caution waved on lap 61, before the field finished cycling stops, with Jones in the eighth position. Jones stayed out under the caution and restarted the race from fifth on lap 65 after the last few cars made their scheduled stops.
  • Remaining green for the remainder of the 90-lap event, Jones crossed the finish line in the fourth position.

 

Additional Notes

  • The finish marked Jones fourth consecutive top-four finish and eighth top-five finish of the season.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr finished second with Denny Hamlin third and Kyle Busch 11th.

 

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

Finishing Position: 4th

What did today’s finish mean for you?

“It’s good to keep it all going. Watkins Glen is kind of the wild card in there. Being a road course and everything, we’ve been on some tracks that have been really good to us and Watkins Glen has been good to us, but you still never know what can happen on strategy. It worked out the best it really could. I made a mistake yesterday, we started too far back and just took us all day to get the DEWALT Camry up front. I felt like we had a fifth-place car all through practice and we were able to get a little better finish than that. It’s nice to keep that streak going and now going to two places – Michigan next week and then Bristol where I think we can win. We have some really good momentum behind us these months. You can’t keep running up in the top-five every week and not win a race. That’s what I keep telling myself and hopefully we can do it here soon.”

 

Do you feel like you can race for wins now without worrying about points?

“Real close. We’re right on the edge of that. We’re over a race up so we can definitely have a race where things don’t necessarily go our way, but we don’t want to get in a spot here with two races to go where we’re back in position where we have to really salvage points. We’ve done a great job this last month-and-a-half of carving our way back into it and really getting towards the top of the non-winners in the Playoff picture, which is a good feeling. Where we should be and where we belong – it’s nice to be up there. Points are off the mind a little bit more than they have been the last few weeks.”

 

Next Race: Teams now head to Jones’ home track, Michigan International Speedway, on Sunday, August 11, 2019 for the Consumers Energy 400. The race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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July 29th, 2019 |

Runner-Up Finish for Erik Jones and Reser’s Team at Pocono Raceway

Box Score Info:

Date: July 28, 2019

Event: Gander RV 400 (Race 21 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile Triangle)

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

Start/Finish: 4th/2nd (Completed 163 of 163 laps)

Point Standings: 13th (559 points, 265 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin    

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner:  Jimmie Johnson

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry team started the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway from the fourth position and ended stage one seventh.
  • In the opening laps of the 160-lap event, Jones moved as high as third before settling in to the fifth position. Jones made his first scheduled stop of the race on lap 21 under green-flag conditions for right-side tires, fuel and adjustments to help with tight-handling conditions. The No. 20 Camry was scored 27th when the team returned to the track.
  • As the field cycled through pit stops, Jones moved in to the top 10 on lap 40 and advanced to seventh before the caution waved on lap 50 to end stage one. Still struggling with tight conditions, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and a major adjustment.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100)

  • Jones started stage two from 18th and ended the stage in seventh.
  • With teams on varying pit strategies, Jones restarted the race from 18th on lap 55.
  • Making his way through the field, Jones moved back in to the top 10 on lap 65 and reported to crew chief Chris Gayle that he was still too tight, mostly in turn three.
  • The caution waved on lap 83 for a single-car incident with Jones running fifth. The team called Jones back to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 87 with the Reser’s Camry in 12th.
  • One lap after the restart, Jones was scored sixth and when the caution waved on lap 91 for rain, the No. 20 team was fifth. NASCAR continued to run laps under caution during the brief rain shower and restarted the race on lap 95.
  • The caution waved two more times before the end of the stage on lap 100. Jones slipped to seventh in the closing laps and opted to stay out under the caution.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 101-160)

  • Jones started the final stage from sixth and finished the race in second.
  • The final stage of the Gander RV 400 started on lap 103 with Jones in the sixth position.
  • Quickly moving in to fourth, Jones remained in the position until the caution waved on lap 114. Gayle called Jones to pit road for his final stop of the race for right-side tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. With a fast stop on pit road, Jones restarted the race on lap 118 from second.
  • With the crew stressing to save fuel, Jones remained in second and was able to take over the lead when leader Kyle Busch pitted on lap 134. Leading teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr., Jones remained in the lead for 10 laps before eventual winner Hamlin took over the lead. Saving fuel as the laps clicked off, Jones slipped to fourth late in the race.
  • Two late-race cautions gave the team the opportunity to save fuel and bunched the field up in the closing laps. With two strong restarts, Jones was able to move in to the second position where he crossed the finish line following a green-white checker overtime finish.

 

Additional Notes

  • Jones led one time for 10 laps.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin won the race with Truex, Jr. finishing third and Busch finishing ninth.

 

ERIK JONES, No. 20 Reser’s Main St. Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 2nd

That looked like a lot of fun out there.

“It was. It was hard racing there in the end. The right restarts make for exciting finishes. Today was no exception. Wish we could have gotten up there and challenged Denny (Hamlin). Martin (Truex Jr.) gave us a great push on the final restart. The bottom just doesn’t have what the top does here on restarts, so we did all we could. The Reser’s Camry overcame a lot. We were pretty far off at the start of the race. We got it way better and had a chance to win had things worked out a little differently. We are close every week. So, it’s going to turn our way one of these times.

 

Erik, you led some laps, finished in the runner‑up spot today.  How tough was that challenge of leading and fighting for the lead while conserving fuel?

“It’s always a challenge.  Probably my least part of racing at times is just having to save fuel.  Our opportunity to win when we were going green was to make it to the end.  It would have been really tight.  Those guys kind of gave up saving there.  We were hoping it was going to stay green. Had a couple good opportunities on the restarts.  The Reser’s Camry was there all day, second half of the day, we had problems at the start.  Man, it’s a bummer.  We’re close every week.  Third, third, second.  We’re right there. We’re doing great building points, but it would be great to knock a win out.  We’re just so close, it stings a little bit more when you get close to it.”

 

What is clicking for this team so well right now?

“It’s a little bit of everything.  Honestly, we started the race so far off today, I wasn’t sure how we were going to run.  We were able to turn it around halfway, get back in contention.  There at the end I wasn’t sure how it was all going to play out.  It was nice to get some good restarts.  Martin (Truex Jr.) gave me a great push at the end. We were there for second, then the top got rolling.  I couldn’t really do anything.  Good to get another top-three run.  We just got to break through.  Once we get that first one, I think we can click a few off here.”

 

Next Race: Teams now turn to the second road course of the season, Watkins Glen International, on Sunday, August 4, 2019 for the Go Bowling at The Glen. The race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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July 21st, 2019 |

Jones Rebounds from Mid-Race Penalty to Finish Third at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: July 21, 2019

Event: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (Race 20 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile)

Format: 301 Laps (Stages: 75 laps / 150 laps / 301 laps)

Start/Finish: 4th/3rd (Completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standings: 14th (516 points, 267 points out of 1st)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick   

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner:  Aric Almirola

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 STANLEY Toyota Camry team started the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from the fourth position and finished stage one second.
  • With the green flag waving on Sunday afternoon to start the 301-lap race, Jones quickly moved from fourth to third before slipping back to fourth with a loose-handling condition.
  • The first caution flag of the race was displayed on lap 45. Jones pitted from fourth for right-side tires, fuel and a set of adjustments. With teams opting for varying strategies, the STANLEY team restarted the race in the lead on lap 50.
  • Moving to second following the restart, Jones was able to maintain the position until the stage ended on lap 75. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150)

  • Jones started stage two from fifth and ended the stage in 20th.
  • With the race returning to green-flag conditions on lap 82, Jones was scored sixth when the caution flag waved on lap 110. Still looking for more grip, Gayle called Jones to pit road for right-side tires and fuel. Unfortunately, while exiting the pits, Jones and the No. 88 car made contact causing damage to the No. 20 Camry. Concerned about the damage, Gayle called Jones to pit road two more times during the caution to make repairs and change left-side tires. The race restarted on lap 115 with Jones deep in the field.
  • Practicing patience, Jones was able to move up to 20th before the caution was displayed on lap 137. Making a routine stop, Jones was nabbed for speeding on pit road and had to restart at the rear of the field when the race returned to green-flag conditions on lap 147.
  • Focused on staying out of trouble during the three-lap shoot out to end the stage, Jones was scored 20th on lap 150 when stage two concluded. The team opted to stay out under the caution.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 151-301)

  • Jones started the final stage from 11th and finished the race in third.
  • The final stage of the race started on lap 157 and Jones was able to quickly move into the top 10 by lap 160 and moved in to the top five on lap 187.
  • Happy with the handling of the STANLEY Camry and running lap times comparable to the leaders, Jones was running fifth when the caution came out on lap 214. The team called Jones to pit road for a routine stop and after gaining one position on pit road, restarted the race from fourth on lap 218.
  • Quickly moving in to second on the restart, the race was slowed immediately after the green-flag waved for a multi-car incident. The team opted to stay out under the caution and Jones restarted the race from second on lap 224.
  • Closing in on the end of the race, Jones slipped to fifth before the final caution of the race on lap 264. Jones made a last minute decision to stay out under the caution and restarted the race from second on lap 272.
  • Keeping his eyes on the leaders, Jones crossed the finish line in the third position.

 

Additional Notes

  • The finish marked the fifth third-place finish for Jones this season.
  • Jones led two times for four laps.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin finished second, Martin Truex, Jr. finished sixth and Kyle Busch scored a ninth-place finish.

 

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

Finishing Position: 3rd

Are you amazed that after everything that happened during the race you finished in third?

“It was a good day. We got good stage points in the first stage and finished well at the end. The STANLEY Camry was good. All day I felt like we were close, we just needed to get up front and never quite did it. Never quite got the lead, but we were there. Again, up in the top five, you can’t complain and especially with the points we gained today. It’s good. We can definitely get more aggressive with that gap. We’re getting close there to having almost a race on them. If we can have a couple more good weeks, we’ll be there. Pocono is a good one. We’ll keep doing it, but today was definitely a testament to our speed and this team. We keep fighting through it. We never gave up. We did what we needed to do and fixed the damage when we needed to and got a good finish out of it.”

 

Next Race: Teams now return to Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 28, 2019 for the Gander RV 400. The race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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