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April 10th, 2019 |

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Richmond Raceway

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend where Erik Jones will make his fifth-career start at the Virginia track. In his previous four starts at the track, Jones best finish is sixth with three finishes in the top 15. Jones also has four starts at the track in the Xfinity Series with a best finish of second, three top-five finishes and one pole starting position.
  • JGR AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 131 total starts at Richmond Raceway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 14 wins, 41 top-five finishes, 69 top-10 finishes and seven pole starting positions. The team has led 4,460 laps, completed 51,677 of 52,486 attempted laps (98.5%) and earned an average start of 13.9 and an average finish of 12.5. Kyle Busch leads the team with six wins followed by Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin with three wins each for the team and Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards with one win each.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week the classic yellow and black DEWALT colors return to the No. 20 Camry for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
  • BRISTOL RECAP: Jones started the Food City 500 from the fifth position and was able to lead 10 laps before finishing 24th following a loose wheel late in the race.
  • RACE INFO: The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019. Coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Richmond Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 0 1 0 0 11.2 17.0

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
8 0 2 3 0 40 15.2 16.1

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
83 1 16 35 2 450 12.7 15.9

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting to Richmond this weekend with the DEWALT team. We’ve had really fast Camry’s for the first few short tracks of the season with the new package and think we have a good starting point when we unload this weekend in Richmond. Should be a good weekend and a chance to get some momentum on our side heading in to the first off weekend of the season.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “We’re heading to another short track this weekend and another opportunity to improve as a team compared to 2018. This was a place that we ran decent last year, but had room for improvement. This is a big opportunity for us to show we’ve improved as a team, can bring better equipment and put a complete race together. The Richmond schedule is always unique with practicing in the hotter day time conditions and racing at night, so it requires a little anticipation and a good notebook to make good changes to the car for the different environments from practice to the race. This will be our third short-track race and we’ve run competitively at both short-track races so far this year, so that has helped us to build a notebook with the new aero package for 2019. This is a race that we’ll need to really manage the tires and car balance throughout a run compared to the two short tracks we’ve raced so far this season. We have the perfect opportunity this weekend to put another fast Camry on the track and get a great finish for our DEWALT team to get good momentum on our side heading in to the first off weekend for Easter.”

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April 2nd, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 CRAFTSMAN “Racing for a Miracle” Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Bristol Motor Speedway

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN “Racing for a Miracle” Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fifth-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. In his previous four starts in the Cup Series at the track, Jones has earned two top-five finishes, one pole starting position, led 260 laps and earned an average start of 10.5 and an average finish of 12.5. His best finish at the track in Cup Series competition is a second-place finish to Kyle Busch after starting from the pole and leading 260 of 500 laps in August of 2017. In the Xfinity Series, Jones has five starts with two wins, three top-five finishes, four top-10 finishes and three pole starting positions. In his lone Truck Series start at the track, Jones earned a sixth-place finish.
  • JGR AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 130 total starts at Bristol Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 11 wins, 30 top-five finishes, 48 top-10 finishes and 10 pole starting positions. The team has led 5,561 laps, completed 60,402 of 64,934 attempted laps (93.0%) and earned an average start of 15.0 and an average finish of 17.7. Kyle Busch leads the team with six wins followed by Matt Kenseth with two wins and one win each by Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards.
  • MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Jones will unveil his special No. 20 CRAFTSMAN “Racing for a Miracle” Toyota Camry for this Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. ET at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This weekend the No. 20 Toyota Camry will feature the CRAFTSMAN brand and their “Racing for a Miracle” program with the ACE Hardware Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. The Racing for a Miracle program is in its 13th year, aimed at driving awareness for the vital work that CMN Hospitals do to help treat their patients around the country. This year, through CMN Hospitals, the CRAFTSMAN team has recruited four children from the Niswonger Children’s Hospital to be honorary crew members for the April 7th race at Bristol Motor Speedway. CRAFTSMAN will donate $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation and if Jones finds victory lane in the No. 20 Toyota on Sunday, CRAFTSMAN will donate an additional $1 Million. The special paint scheme will be unveiled on Thursday, April 4, at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
  • TEXAS RECAP: Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team qualified in the 11th position for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but an early spin and a gamble on fuel mileage dropped the team to one-lap down early in the 500-mile race. With a fast car and fighting hard to return to the lead lap, Jones was able to get the “Lucky Dog” at the end of stage two. With a fast Toyota Camry and using varying pit strategies, Jones was able to lead 30 laps in the final stage before finishing fourth.
  • RACE INFO: The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, 2019. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 2 2 1 260 10.5 12.5

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
7 0 2 3 0 30 16.9 15.0

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
82 1 16 35 2 440 12.8 15.8

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Bristol is one of my favorite tracks and I’m ready to get back there with a little momentum on our side after our top-five finish last weekend at Texas. Not only is it one of my favorite tracks, but we’ve got a cool opportunity with the CRAFTSMAN “Racing for a Miracle” program on our Camry and I can’t wait to represent the kids who helped design my car and have them as honorary crew members this weekend at the track. With my success at Bristol in the past and with how fast our JGR Camry’s have been lately, there’s no better time than this weekend to get the first win of the season for team 20. And no pressure, but $1 million on the line for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will make for an added bonus if we can get the win this weekend.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “Looking forward to seeing a little short-track run for the next couple of weeks before the Easter break, and no better way to start than with a race at Bristol. I’m really hoping to show that we’ve got our short track program going much better than last year, and I feel like we didn’t get an opportunity to do that in Phoenix before having a loose-wheel issue. Bristol is my favorite track and the higher downforce level should make the place crazy fast. It’ll be interesting to see how the faster speeds effect the ability of the top lane verses the bottom lane to be effective. NASCAR is also applying a different mix of PJ1 in the lower groove for this event and I think that will affect how the race plays out. It should be another great opportunity for this 20 team to go out and get the first win of the season.”

 

About CRAFTSMAN:

CRAFTSMAN is the American icon that homeowners, home builders, auto enthusiasts and master mechanics have trusted since 1927 – and today’s CRAFTSMAN continues that legacy. With a focus on reliable, high-performance tools, storage and equipment, CRAFTSMAN has revived its long-established pride in superior quality. Now it’s easier than ever to get the tools trusted for generations at more places than ever. For more information visit www.craftsman.com or follow CRAFTSMAN on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

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March 26th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Texas Motor Speedway

  1. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:
  • JONES AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his sixth-career start at Texas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. In his previous five Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes. His best finish is fourth in both races last season. Having seen success at the Fort Worth track across all three national series, Jones has earned one win (out of three starts) in the Truck Series and three wins (out of six starts) in the Xfinity Series.
  • JGR AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 108 total starts at Texas Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned seven wins, 29 top-five finishes, 47 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 1,822 laps, completed 34,688 of 35,992 attempted laps (96.4%) and earned an average start of 15.1 and an average finish of 15.1. Kyle Busch leads the team with three wins followed by Denny Hamlin with two wins and one win each for Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart.
  • PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Erik Jones will be at the Joe Gibbs Racing merchandise trailer in the fan zone at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, March 29, from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT. Stop by and pick up the latest swag and meet the driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This weekend the No. 20 Toyota Camry will feature the CRAFTSMAN brand for the second time the season.
  • MARTINSVILLE RECAP: Qualifying in the 18th position for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Jones showed promise early in the 500 lap race, making his way to the top 10 early in stage two. Unfortunately, the 20 team had their day derailed on a restart on lap 319 where contact from a competitor caused left-side damage to the DEWALT Camry. Jones lost several laps while the team made repairs and finished the race in the 30th position.
  • RACE INFO: The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 31, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Texas Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
5 0 2 3 0 64 15.8 10.4


Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
6 0 1 2 0 0 17.8 16.8


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
81 1 15 34 2 410 12.8 15.9


From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Texas is one of my favorite tracks and one of the tracks that I’ve run well at in Trucks, Xfinity and the Cup Series. We’ve had a few bad weeks, but we’ve had speed and good cars, just some bad luck along the way. This weekend should be a good race to turn things around and get our season back on track. I think between what we’ve learned so far this season with new package and how I’ve run at Texas in the past, we’ve got a great shot of adding another Texas hat to our collection.”


From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “Texas was a very good track for the 20 team in 2018, finishing inside the top 5 in both events. Although the rules have changed considerably we hope to carry some of that performance over to 2019. The 2019 aero package has really changed qualifying which will be very important with a track like Texas that has been recently repaved, so passing may be tougher. We’ll spend all day on Friday trying to help our performance in qualifying with this new aero package. I think we showed very good speed in the Fontana race with the new rules, but we’ve yet to put a complete, good race together for the full length. We’ll try to make Texas the place we get back on track for 2019.”

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March 13th, 2019 |

Erik Jones / No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry Preview Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY: For the final race of NASCAR’s “West Coast Swing,” Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team head to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Jones has two previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track earning his best finish last season with a seventh-place finish. Jones also has three starts at the track in the Xfinity Series earning one pole and two top-five finishes with a best finish of third in 2015.
  • JGR AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 81 total starts at Auto Club Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned two wins, 18 top-five finishes, 34 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 938 laps, completed 17,773 of 18,584 attempted laps (95.6%) and earned an average start of 14.0 and an average finish of 16.3. Kyle Busch earned the only two wins for JGR in the Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway in 2013 and 2014.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This weekend the No. 20 Toyota Camry will carry CRAFTSMAN for the first time this season. This is the second year the iconic brand will appear on the No. 20 Camry.
  • PHOENIX RECAP: Rolling off from the 10th position at ISM Raceway, Jones was running strong before reporting a vibration on lap 25. Unfortunately, Jones spun on lap 38 to bring out the first caution and made his way to pit road with a tire issue. Jones lost several laps on pit road, falling to 36th. With the No. 20 Camry repaired, Jones and the team focused on making laps and learning for their next trip to ISM Raceway later this season. Jones was scored with a 29th-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Auto Club Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 0 1 0 0 9.0 9.5

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 1 2 0 0 17.8 13.0

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
79 1 15 34 2 410 12.7 15.7

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “This is a place that Erik has run really well the last two years in the Cup Series. A little surprisingly to me overall. Fontana is a unique, large track that is super abrasive, so I guess since it’s so unique I didn’t really expect Erik to take to it as quickly as he has. We’ve had top-10 or top-five cars in both events in Fontana so far, so it’ll really be nice to get back on the top-five track after such a disappointing race in Phoenix. The teams are starting to become more familiar with the new rules package and how we need to adjust the cars, so this should help us make better decisions and unload a little closer for Fontana. It’s going to be interesting to see how the race and restarts play out at such a big race track where the competitors can truly run multiple lanes and be fast. Restarts should be exciting for sure!”

 

About CRAFTSMAN:

CRAFTSMAN is the American icon that homeowners, home builders, auto enthusiasts and master mechanics have trusted since 1927 – and today’s CRAFTSMAN continues that legacy. With a focus on reliable, high-performance tools, storage and equipment, CRAFTSMAN has revived its long-established pride in superior quality. Now it’s easier than ever to get the tools trusted for generations at more places than ever. For more information visit www.craftsman.com or follow CRAFTSMAN on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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February 28th, 2019 |

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fourth-career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In his previous three starts at the track, Jones has earned one pole and a best finish of eighth in the March 2018 event. Jones also has starts at the track in both the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series. Jones has a best finish of third in 2016 in the Xfinity Series and won at the track in 2014 in the Truck Series.
  • JGR AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 64 total starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned two wins, 14 top-five finishes, 28 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 523 laps, completed 5,804 of 16,933 attempted laps (93.3%) and earned an average start of 14.0 and an average finish of 15.7. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth each have one win for the team.
  • ATLANTA RECAP: For the second race of the season, teams headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 where the No. 20 team had a strong showing, starting the race from the 15th position and crossing the finish line with a solid seventh-place finish.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: The No. 20 Toyota Camry will carry the red and black Sport Clips colors this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sport Clips kicked off the season with Jones and the No. 20 team at Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500 where Jones rounded out a 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • RACE INFO: The Pennzoil 400 is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
3 0 0 1 1 0 6.0 21.0

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 1 2 0 0 21.5 5.0

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
77 1 15 34 2 410 12.7 15.6

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting to Las Vegas this weekend with our Sport Clips Camry and figuring out the new rules package there. The west coast swing should be really good for us. We’re going to see a different kind of racing this weekend at Las Vegas than what we saw last weekend in Atlanta. It’s going to take some time to figure out how we’re going to need the car to handle, but Chris Gayle and the guys will be ready and hopefully we can continue with our top-10 finishes and contend for the win at the end of the day.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “The 20 team learned a lot in the first race with the 2019 rules package in Atlanta. Las Vegas is a totally different race track style from age and track abrasiveness and grip, but a lot of the information we learned can still be applied to Las Vegas. We also have some great information from our teammates getting to test in Las Vegas for the off-season. So this is another great chance to add to our notebook for the new rules package and hopefully contend for the win. Las Vegas was the track that we got our pole last season, and a lot has changed from a rules perspective, but we’re planning to carry all the speed we had last fall over into this weekend’s event.”

 

About Sport Clips

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, offers online check in for clients, and is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises’ and #17 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,800 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2018 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “Haircuts with Heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has contributed $6.5 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Indy Car driver Sebastien Bourdais, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.

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