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April 15th, 2019 |

Erik Jones and DEWALT Team Finish 14th at Richmond Raceway

Box Score Info:

Date: April 13, 2019
Event: Toyota Owners 400 (Round 9 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track: Richmond Raceway (.75-mile Oval)
Format: 400 Laps (Stages: 100 laps / 100 laps / 200 laps)
Start/Finish: 35th/14th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standings: 17th (212 points, 188 points out of 1st)

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

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started the Toyota Owner’s 400 from the 35th position and finished stage one in 14th place.
  • Qualifying in the second position, a failure in pre-race inspection resulted in the team starting from the 35th position for the 400-lap race at Richmond Raceway.
  • With the race underway, Jones quickly started his move to the front, moving in to the top 20 before the competition caution on lap 40. Needing a little help with the handling of the DEWALT Camry, Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. The race restarted on lap 46 with Jones scored 18th.
  • Running fast lap times, Jones was able to move up to 14th before the caution waved on lap 100 to end the stage. Continuing to be too tight, Jones pitted under the caution for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200)

  • Jones started the second stage from the 13th spot and finished the stage in eighth.
  • The DEWALT team was able to gain several positions early in the stage to be in the eighth position when the caution waved on lap 127. The team opted to bring Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments to improve the handling of the DEWALT Camry. Jones restarted the race on lap 135 from sixth.
  • The stage remained green until lap 200 when the caution flag was displayed to end stage two. Reporting that he was still way too tight, Jones pitted from the eighth position for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. With a slow stop, Jones restarted the race from 14th on lap 211.

 Stage 3 Recap (Laps 201 – 400)

  • Jones started the final stage from the 14th position and crossed the finish line in the same spot.
  • With the final stage underway, Jones was able to gain two spots to take over 12th before reporting on lap 240 he had a loose wheel. As the team prepared to make a green-flag pit stop, the caution waved for a single-car accident. Jones pitted for four tires, fuel and a set of adjustments. The race restarted on lap 252 with Jones 24th.
  • Slowly making gains, Jones moved back in to the top 20 on lap 280 and was running in the 18th spot when the team made a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 315 for a routine stop.
  • With the race remaining green for the remainder of the 400-lap event, Jones was able to move up to 14th when the checkered flag waved to end the Toyota Owners 400.

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. won the race with teammate Denny Hamlin finishing fifth and teammate Kyle Busch finishing eighth.

Next Race: Teams now have their first off weekend of the season before heading to Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 28, 2019. The race will be broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET on FOX, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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April 7th, 2019 |

Erik Jones Finishes 24th at Bristol Motor Speedway

Box Score Info:
Date: April 7, 2019
Event: Food City 500 (Round 8 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: 5th/24th (Running, completed 497 of 500 laps)
Point Standings: 17th (186 points, 175 points out of 1st)

Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 1 Winner: Ty Dillon
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-125)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN “Racing for a Miracle” Toyota Camry team rolled off fifth for the Food City 500 and finished stage one in the 25th position.
  • Quickly after the green-flag waved, the caution was displayed for a multi-car accident. Jones opted to stay out and restarted the race from second on lap eight.
  • The caution again waved on lap 38 and crew chief Chris Gayle made the decision to pit for four tires and fuel. Jones restarted the race from fourth on lap 45 and took over the lead on lap 48. Unfortunately, a loose tire brought Jones to pit road under green on lap 58. The unscheduled stop dropped the team two laps down to the 30th position.
  • The stage ended on lap 125 with Jones scored 25th, two laps down.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 126-250)

  • Jones started the second stage from 25th and was able to advance to 18th by the end of the stage.
  • Focused on getting back on the lead lap, Jones took the “wave around” under the lap 209 caution to restart the race from 22nd on lap 217, one lap down to the leaders.
  • Battling several cars for the ‘Lucky Dog’ position, Jones was able to take over the position on lap 232 when he moved in to 19th.
  • The stage ended on lap 250 with Jones scored 18th as the first car one lap down. Under the caution, Jones was able to return to the lead lap as the “Lucky Dog” recipient and after making a scheduled stop for four tires and fuel, restarted the race from 16th on lap 260.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 251 – 500)

  • For the final stage, the CRAFTSMAN team restarted the race from 16th and crossed the finish line in 24th.
  • Back on the lead lap and plenty of time to get to the front, Jones was focused on picking off one car at a time. With the top 10 in site, Jones was running 13th when he radioed the team on lap 318 that he had a loose wheel and again pitted under green. The unscheduled stop dropped the team to 21st, two laps down to the leaders.
  • With another issue on the right rear, Jones was forced to pit again on lap 339 and fell to the 24th position, five laps down to the leaders.
  • Jones was able to gain two of his laps back, but finished the race in 24th, three laps down to the leaders.

Additional Notes

  • Jones led one time for 10 laps.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch won the race with Denny Hamlin finishing fifth and Martin Truex, Jr. finishing 17th.+

Next Race: Teams now head to Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The race will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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March 31st, 2019 |

Erik Jones Rebounds from Early Spin to Finish 4th at Texas Motor Speedway

Box Score Info:

Date: March 31, 2019
Event: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (Round 7 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile Oval)
Format: 334 Laps (Stages: 85 laps / 170 laps / 334 laps)
Start/Finish: 11th/4th (Running, completed 334 of 334 laps)
Point Standings: 16th (173 points, 137 points out of 1st)

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano
Stage 2 Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-85)

  • Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN team started 11th in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and finished stage one in the 23rd position.
  • Quickly moving in to the top 10, Jones was battling for position when he got loose on lap 15 and spun to bring out the first caution of the race. With no damage to his Toyota Camry, Jones pitted for four tires and fuel.
  • Jones restarted the race on lap 18 from 29th and began focusing on passing one car at a time.
  • With the stage remaining green for the duration, teams were forced to make green-flag pit stops late in the stage. Stretching the fuel mileage, Jones came up one lap short and was forced to pit on lap 84 for fuel. The stop dropped the team off the lead lap and also forced the 20 team to start at the rear of the field after being penalized for pitting when pit road was closed.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 86-170)

  • The CRAFTSMAN team restarted the race on lap 91 from 32nd and at the end of stage two was scored 20th.
  • Battling the other cars one lap down for the “Lucky Dog’ position to get back on the lead lap, a pit call of fuel only under the lap 148 caution gave the team the extra positions needed and Jones was able to hold on to the “Lucky Dog” position until the end of stage two. Jones returned to the lead lap and turned his focus to getting back in to the top 10 and contending for a win.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 171 – 334)

  • Jones restarted the final stage from the 19th position and crossed the finish line in fourth place.
  • Running lap times comparable to the top five, Jones was able to move back in to the top 10 as green-flag pit stops started on lap 220. Pitting from third on lap 238, crew chief Chris Gayle made the call for four tires and fuel. Once the field cycled through stops, the CRAFTSMAN team was scored 10th.
  • A single-car incident brought out the caution on lap 254 and unable to make it to the end of the race on fuel, Gayle made the call to stay out under the caution, gaining the No. 20 several positions on track. The race restarted on lap 260 with Jones scored second.
  • Jones moved to the lead on lap 261, but teammate Kyle Busch took over the lead on lap 264 with teammate Denny Hamlin running third.
  • Retaking the lead when Busch had issues, Jones pitted under green on lap 302 for right side tires and fuel. With teams on varying pit strategies, Jones was able to make his way back in to the top five and finished the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 in the fourth position.

Additional Notes

  • Jones led the race two times for 30 laps.
  • The finish marked Jones third top-10 finish and second top-five finish of the season.
  • Jones has now finished fourth in the last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin won his second race of the season with Busch finishing 10th and Martin Truex Jr. finishing 12th.

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

Finishing Position: 4th

How would you access your race today?

“It was good. We had a really good CRAFTSMAN Camry, but I put us behind there at the start getting myself in trouble spinning out. I was in a weird spot with fuel and what we needed to do. We needed to take more fuel than everybody else and ended up losing the lead there on that green flag cycle. It’s a good day, but it’s disappointing at the same time. We knew we had a car that could’ve won and to not capitalize on that is frustrating, but it’s also nice to get on track and have some good runs again.”

Did you think it was your opportunity to win the race when Kyle Busch fell back?

“Yeah, he (Kyle Busch) was really good. I thought we were pretty equal depending kind of who was out front. I think we could both run pretty much wide open out front and both of us were having to lift a little bit behind each other. I knew he was loose, and I was just hoping if I kept the pressure on him, he’d make a mistake and fortunately he did. I knew we were in a good spot. The 11 (Denny Hamlin) was fast, but I thought we had a good enough car to keep it up there, but it just didn’t play out for us.”

Did you feel that was the run your team needed today?
“Yeah, it was. We had a rough few weeks from really Las Vegas on, so it’s just nice to get back on track and have a good run. It’s good and it’s frustrating at the same time. We had a car that probably had a shot at the win, and I put us in a hole early. We’ll keep going, though. We learned a lot today. It was our first really good race with this package on a mile-and-a-half so that’s a positive.”

Next Race: Teams now head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 on Sunday, April 7. The race will be broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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March 24th, 2019 |

30th-Place Finish for Erik Jones and DEWALT Team at Martinsville Speedway

 Box Score Info:

Date: March 24, 2019
Event: STP 500 (Round 6 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Track: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (.526-mile Oval)
Format: 500 Laps (Stages: 130 laps / 260 laps / 500 laps)
Start/Finish: 18th/30th (Running, completed 491 of 500 laps)
Point Standings: 14th (140 points, 133 points out of 1st)

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski
Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-130)

  • Rolling off 18th in the DEWALT Camry at Martinsville Speedway, Erik Jones finished the first stage in 17th position.
  • The team made their first stop of the race under the lap 65 caution period for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Jones restarted the race from 17th on lap 71 and remained in the position when the stage ended on lap 130.
  • Pretty happy with the handling of the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry, Jones pitted from the 17th position for a routine stop during the caution at the end of stage one.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 131-260)

  • Jones started the second stage from 15th and ended the stage in the 11th position.
  • Moving up to 12th following the start of stage two, Jones was able to move in to the top 10 throughout the stage before the caution waved on lap 260 to end the stage.
  • Not needing many changes, the team again made a routine stop and returned to the track in ninth place.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 261 – 500)

  • The DEWALT team started the final stage from the ninth position and finished the STP 500 in 30th place.
  • Jones reported to the team he was too loose in the opening laps of the final stage and with a caution on lap 312, the team called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and to reverse the previous air-pressure adjustment. The race restarted on lap 319 with Jones in 13th.
  • Unfortunately, contact from a competitor on the restart caused left-side damage to the No. 20 Camry causing the left-side tires to go flat. With no caution, Jones limped his way around the track to pit road for fresh tires and to make repairs to the damaged DEWALT Camry. Jones returned to the track eight laps down in 32nd.
  • As the race continued, Jones was able to advance two spots to finish the race in 30th-place.

Additional Notes

  • Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished third with Denny Hamlin finishing fifth and Martin Truex, Jr. finishing eighth.

Next Race: Teams now head to Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, March 31. The race will be broadcast at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX, Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

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March 20th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Martinsville Speedway

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: Heading to the historical Martinsville Speedway, Erik Jones will make his fifth-career Cup Series start at the track on Sunday piloting the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry. In his previous four Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has a best finish of 12th in 2017 in his first Cup Series start at the track. In addition to his Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has five starts at the track in the Truck Series with his best finish coming in 2015 when he earned a third-place finish in the March event. Jones made his first-career NASCAR start at Martinsville Speedway in 2013 at the age of 16 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
  • 200 AND COUNTING… When Jones takes to the Virginia short track Sunday afternoon, the start will mark his 200th-career start across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Across his 199 starts in the three series, Jones has 17 wins, 72 top-five finishes, 119 top-10 finishes and 25 pole starting positions. Jones also earned the 2015 Truck Series championship and was the first driver to win Rookie of the Year in all three of the top NASCAR Series completing the accomplishment in three consecutive seasons (2015-2017).
  • FAN APPEARANCE: Jones will be at the Pre-Race Fan Experience on the Martinsville Speedway Start/Finish Sunday, March 24, from 11:00 a.m. ET to 11:15 a.m. ET for a fan Q&A.
  • JGR AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 130 total starts at Martinsville Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 10 wins, 45 top-five finishes, 70 top-10 finishes and nine pole starting positions. The team has led 4,892 laps, completed 62,953 of 64,978 attempted laps (96.9%) and earned an average start of 13.2 and an average finish of 13.1. Denny Hamlin leads the team with five wins followed by Busch and Tony Stewart with two wins each and Bobby Labonte with one trip to victory lane to claim the famous Grandfather Clock trophy.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This weekend the No. 20 Toyota Camry will carry the popular and familiar yellow and black DEWALT paint scheme. This will mark the second race of the season for DEWALT.
  • AUTO CLUB RECAP: Qualifying in the 18th position for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Jones was able to run as high as third before a tight-handling condition late in the race dropped the team to a 19th-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2019. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Martinsville Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 0 0 0 0 14.2 20.2

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
5 0 1 2 0 0 17.8 14.2

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
80 1 15 34 2 410 12.8 15.8

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting back to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. This isn’t a track where we have run well in the past so we will look at our notes from the previous seasons and see where we can improve to make our CRAFTSMAN Camry better this time around. Even though it hasn’t been one of my better tracks in the past, Martinsville will always hold a special spot as the place where I made my first NASCAR start in the Truck Series and now to go back there this weekend to make my 200th start across the three series is a pretty neat deal. This is a great weekend to turn things around and get back to running up front and finishing up front where we belong.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “This has easily been one of the worst race tracks for the 20 team and Erik. We’ve struggled in all the events to find the right balance of speed and long run verse short run, and helping the car turn enough without being loose off the corners at the end of runs. We will have a little more downforce than we’ve had in the past with the same body style and rules package that the Cup Series used in Phoenix. Martinsville is a pretty slow place, so the added downforce won’t have a huge impact, but any increase may help change the racing and help us find a package that’s a little better for Erik. Other than that, it’s a good weekend to make improvements from last year. It’s a tough place to race, and the right mix of patience is super important to running well. So we’re looking forward to the challenge of something completely different this weekend.”

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Started 35th and worked our way in to the top 10 before finishing 14th @RichmondRaceway. We’ve got the speed in our @DEWALTtough #Camry, just need a few things to fall our way. #DEWALTtough #TeamDEWALT

Rebound from penalty at race start @DEWALTtough 20 crew moved into top 10 by Stage 2 end #DEWALTTough #TeamDEWALT

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