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June 11th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 31st at Michigan International Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: June 10, 2019 (Delayed from June 9, 2019)
Event: Firekeepers Casino 400 (Race 15 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track: Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile Oval)
Format: 200 Laps (Stages: 60 laps / 60 laps / 80 laps)
Start/Finish: 14th/31st (Completed 199 of 203 laps)
Point Standings: 18th (357 points, 257 points out of 1st) 

Race Winner: Joey Logano
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Dillon

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Sport Clips Toyota Camry team started 14th and finished stage one in the third spot.
  • With the race postponed to Monday afternoon due to rain on Sunday, Jones started the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway from the 14th spot and wasted no time moving forward, taking over the fifth position before the competition caution waved on lap 20. Opting to pit for fuel only, Jones restarted the race from fourth on lap 25.
  • Continuing to gain positions, Jones was able to move as high as second before ending the stage in third on lap 60. The team opted to pit under the caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with handling of the No. 20 Camry.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120)

  • Jones started stage two from fourth and ended the stage 26th.
  • The race restarted on lap 67 with Jones in the fourth position and two laps later when the caution waved, the No. 20 team was scored second. The team opted to stay out under the caution and the race restarted on lap 75.
  • Fighting for positions on the restart, Jones slipped to sixth before making a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 113 for left-side tires and fuel. Jones returned to the track in the 30th position.
  • Gaining several spots in the closing laps of the stage, Jones was able to finish stage two in 26th when the caution waved on lap 120. The team pitted for right-side tires and fuel under the stage break.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 121-200)

  • Jones restarted the final stage from third and finished in 31st.
  • The final stage of the race started on lap 127 with Jones in the third position and two laps later, Jones was fighting to save the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Sport Clips Camry from spinning after contact with a competitor. Determining there wasn’t significant damage to the No. 20 Camry, the team opted to stay out under the lap 129 caution and restarted the race from 13th on lap 134.
  • Moving up to 11th following the restart, the caution was out one lap later. The team again opted to stay out under the caution and restarted the race from 11th on lap 141.
  • Unfortunately, Jones was forced to pit under green on lap 142 for a tire down. The unscheduled stop dropped the team off the lead lap to the 31st position.
  • With the laps ticking off, Jones had another tire go down on lap 195 causing the No. 20 to spin and bring out the caution late in the race. Jones pitted for tires and to repair damage to the No. 20 Camry. Restarting the race from 30th on the green-white-checker, Jones radioed the team that something was broken in the car and was forced to pit road before crossing the finish line at the end of the race.
  • The team was credited with a 31st-place finish.

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. finished the race in third, Kyle Busch finished fifth and Denny Hamlin scored an 11th-place finish.

Next Race: Teams now have an off weekend before heading west to Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23, 2019 for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. The race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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May 26th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 40th in Coca-Cola 600

Box Score Info:

Date: May 26, 2019

Event: Coca-Cola 600 (Race 13 of 36)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

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

Start/Finish: 16th/40th (Completed 23 of 400 laps)

Point Standings: 17th (309 points)

 

Race Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.  

Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Stage 3 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

 

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 Reser’s Main St Bistro Toyota Camry team started the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway from the 16th position and finished the race 40th.
  • With the green-flag in the air, Jones and the No. 20 team started picking off one competitor at a time moving in to the top 15 by lap 10 and moved in the top 10 on lap 21.
  • Unfortunately, a right-front tire issue on lap 23 sent the No. 20 Camry in to the outside wall and with too much damage to continue, Jones was forced to retire from the 400-lap event early.
  • The team was credited with a 40th-place finish.

 

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

Talk about what happened to you out there.

“We had a really good Reser’s Camry. I think we were in a really good position to work our way forward and just lost a tire. That hasn’t happened to me in a long time so it’s just unfortunate. I don’t know if we ran something over. It’s a bummer, you don’t want to be out of the 600 this early and we had a car that could have contended today. Just have to go back to work and go get them next week.”

 

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. won the race with teammate Kyle Busch finishing third and Denny Hamlin finishing 17th.

 

Next Race: Teams now head to Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 2, 2019 for the Pocono 400. The race is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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May 20th, 2019 |

Erik Jones and CRAFTSMAN Team Finish 19th in All-Star Race

 

Box Score Info:

Date: May 18, 2019

Event: Monster Energy All-Star Race (non-points event)

Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)

Format: 85 Laps (Stages: 30 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 15 laps)

Start/Finish: 7th/19th (Completed 77 of 88 laps)

 

Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 3 Winner: Joey Logano

 

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-33)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway from seventh and finished stage one 19th.
  • Starting the race from the seventh position, Jones radioed the team early in the stage that the No. 20 Camry was tight-handling. The caution was displayed on lap 25 after Jones made contact with the wall in turn four and the right-rear tire went down. The team made multiple stops under the caution to change tires and repair damage to the CRAFTSMAN Camry.
  • The race restarted on lap 30 with Jones scored 19th where he would remain when the stage ended on lap 33, three laps beyond the scheduled distance.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 34-53)

  • Jones started stage two from 19th and ended 10th.
  • Stage two started on lap 34 with Jones making quick moves to advance from 19th to 11th when the caution waved on lap 35 for a multi-car accident. The team opted to stay out under the caution and Jones restarted the race from 11th on lap 39.
  • The stage ended on lap 53 with Jones scored 10th. Hitting pit road under the caution for four tires, fuel and a big adjustment to help free up the CRAFTSMAN Camry, Jones was tagged for too fast on pit road and had to restart the race from the tail end of the field in the 17th position on lap 54.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 54-73)

  • Jones started the third stage from 17th and ended eighth.
  • With the race back underway for stage three, Jones again made quick work of the restart and moved back in to the top 10 on lap 55.
  • Moving up to ninth, Jones was making a pass when contact between two competitors collected the No. 20 Camry causing significant right-side damage. Jones pitted under the caution for right-side tires and for the team to assess the damage. Determining the damage was only to the body of the car, the team was able to make repairs and send Jones back on the track for the lap 62 restart.
  • Making his way back in to the top 10, Jones was scored eighth when the caution waved on lap 73 to end stage three.

 

Stage 4 Recap (Laps 74-88)

  • Jones started the final stage from third and finished the race 19th.
  • Opting to stay out under the lap 73 caution, Jones restarted the race from third on lap 74.
  • Unfortunately, Jones received damage to the left rear on the restart and had to pit under caution on lap 77 for a flat left-rear tire. The team made repairs to the CRAFTSMAN Camry and Jones returned to the track, but another flat tire ended the team’s day one lap later.
  • Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN team were credited with a 19th-place finish.

 

Additional Notes

  • Jones qualified for the 2019 All-Star race with his win last season at Daytona International Speedway in July.

 

Next Race: Staying in front the home crowd, teams return to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26, 2019 for the Coca-Cola 600. The race is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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May 13th, 2019 |

Strong Third-Place Finish for Erik Jones and the DEWALT Team at Kansas

Box Score Info:

Date: May 11, 2019
Event: Digital Ally 400 (Round 12 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile Tri-Oval)
Format: 267 Laps (Stages: 80 laps / 80 laps / 107 laps)
Start/Finish: 6th/3d (Running, completed 271 of 271 laps)
Point Standings: 14th (308 points, 170 points out of 1st) 

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started from the sixth position and finished stage one in the ninth spot.
  • Starting the Digital Ally 400 from the sixth position at Kansas Speedway, Jones slipped to 10th before the competition caution waved on lap 30. Radioing the team that the DEWALT Camry was really loose, crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for right-side tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the handling. The race restarted on lap 35 with Jones in the fifth position.
  • With the field racing tight following the restart, Jones had contact with a competitor causing damage to the right side of the car, but not enough to bring Jones to pit road under green.
  • Closing in on the end of stage one, the caution flag was displayed on lap 60 for teammate Denny Hamlin. Under the caution, Gayle called Jones to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and to repair the damage to the right front fender. Following the extended stop on pit road for repairs, Jones restarted the race on lap 65 from the 29th position.
  • Over the final 15 laps of the stage, Jones was able to make his way back in to the top 10 to finish stage one in the ninth spot. The team again made a routine four tire and fuel stop under the stage break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160)

  • Jones started stage two from fourth and ended third.
  • With a fast stop on pit road during the stage break, Jones was able to gain five spots on pit road to restart the race from the fourth position on lap 86.
  • Maintaining his position in the top five, Jones made his first green-flag stop of the race on lap 121 from the third position for four tires and fuel. Once the field cycled through green-flag stops, Jones returned to the third position.
  • The caution flag was displayed on lap 160 to end stage two. Pretty comfortable and happy with the handling of the DEWALT Camry, Jones pitted for four tires and fuel during the stage break.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-267)

  • Jones started the final stage from the third position and finished the race in third.
  • With 100 laps left in the race, the DEWALT team restarted the race on lap 167 from the third spot and as the laps ticked off, Jones radioed the team that he was starting to get too tight during the run.
  • Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 216 from the sixth position for his second green-flag stop of the day. The team changed four tires, added fuel and made a round of adjustments to help with the tight-handling condition. While Jones was leaving his pit stall, the caution flag was displayed for a loose tire on pit road. The timing of the caution caused some confusion with the lineup, but ultimately, Jones restarted the race on lap 228 from the eighth position.
  • With debris spotted on the track, NASCAR displayed the caution flag on lap 239. Jones pitted from the sixth position for four tires and fuel. With most of the leaders opting to stay out, Jones restarted the race on lap 244 from the eighth position as the first car with four fresh tires.
  • Moving in to the top five following the lap 244 restart, Jones took over second on lap 261 and was poised to make a run at the lead before the caution flag waved on lap 263 and set up a green-white-checker finish. The race restarted on lap 269 with Jones in second and after hard racing on the final laps, the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team came home in the third position.

Additional Notes

  • The finish marked the third top-five finish and fifth top-10 finish of the season for Jones.
  • The finish moved Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team up two positions in the point standings to 14th.
  • Teammate Hamlin finished 16th with Martin Truex, Jr. finishing 19th and Kyle Busch finishing 30th.

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

Finishing Position: 3rd

What were the closing laps of this race like?

“It was kind of all over the map. When it started, we were kind of off and then we got better. Then we got off again and got better at the end. It was a good night and it was nice to have a shot at the win. The DEWALT Camry was for sure capable of winning. We just weren’t in the right situation and didn’t have some runs work out and the caution at the end. Just didn’t have the right push. Not a lot more you can ask for other than the win. Everybody did a great job, but it’s good momentum going on to two weeks now having good runs and having shots to run up front, it’s been nice after a rough month. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

 

What was the racing like tonight?

“That was scrappy. With this package you just have to be really scrappy and really fight for every spot. They’re just really valuable and really tough to get. We had a good car on top of that, it was a weird day. It was really up and down, but at the end of the day we had a good enough DEWALT Camry to win. Just weren’t able to get to the right spot. We ran out of time and ran out of getting the right runs and the right positions. Just didn’t quite work out, but a good car.”

Are you encouraged by this race tonight?

“Last week was just a real low-key week for us where we ran good, but we didn’t have anything big happen. Today we were really up and down. We had a really good car, then a really bad car and then we ended with a good car. We were kind of all through the field a couple times so it’s encouraging to know we can come back from those things.”

Next Race: Teams now head to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The star studded event and race will kick off at 6:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

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May 7th, 2019 |

Sixth-Place Finish for Erik Jones and Sport Clips Team at Dover International Speedway

 Box Score Info:

Date: May 6, 2019 (Postponed from May 5, 2019)
Event: Gander RV 400 (Round 11 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: 15th/6th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standings: 16th (264 points, 196 points out of 1st)

Race Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex, Jr.

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120)

  • Erik Jones started the race from 15th and ended stage one ninth.
  • With rain postponing the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway to Monday afternoon, Jones and the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry rolled off from the 15th position and was able to advance to 11th when the competition caution waved on lap 40 due to the rain on Sunday and overnight in the Dover area. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the loose-handling condition. Jones restarted the race on lap 45 from the 11th spot.
  • Falling back to 14th during the run, Jones was scored 13th when the caution waved on lap 105. Radioing the team that the Sport Clips Camry wasn’t bad, but that it was just hard to pass on the track, the team called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 110 with Jones 12th.
  • A caution with five laps to go in the stage set up a one-lap shootout to end the stage. Jones was able to advance to ninth when the caution waved on lap 120 to end the first stage. The team opted to stay out under the stage break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240

  • Jones started the second stage from the ninth position and finished the stage 10th.
  • The race restarted on lap 129 to start stage two with Jones in the seventh position.
  • With a loose-handling Camry, Jones slipped to 11th before making a green-flag stop on lap 180 for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments. Once the field cycled through stops, Jones was scored 10th.
  • The caution flag waved on lap 240 to end the stage with the No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry team in the 10th position. Jones radioed the team that his Camry was too tight to run the top line, but that he wasn’t too bad, just needed track position. Gayle called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 241-400)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 10th position and crossed the finish line with a solid sixth-place finish.
  • With the final stage going green on lap 249, the caution was displayed on lap 265 for teammate Denny Hamlin. Jones was sitting in the ninth position and after opting to stay out under the caution, restarted the race from eighth on lap 269.
  • Moving up to seventh on lap 270, Jones maintained his position until he was called to pit road on lap 320 for his second green-flag stop of the day. Changing four tires, adding fuel and making a round of adjustments to continue improving the handling of the No. 20 Sport Clips Camry, Jones returned to the track and once pit stops cycled through the field, was scored in the sixth position.
  • Unable to gain any track positions in the final 50 laps of the race, Jones maintained his position to cross the finish line with a sixth-place finish.

Additional Notes

  • The finish marked Jones fourth top-10 finish of the season.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. won the race with Kyle Busch finishing 10th and Hamlin finishing 22nd.

Next Race: Teams now head to Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The race will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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