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June 5th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 CRAFTSMAN/Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Michigan International Speedway

JONES AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: In front of his home crowd, Byron, Michigan native Erik Jones will make his fifth start at Michigan International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In his previous four starts at the track, Jones has earned one top-five finish and one top-10 finish. He has led five laps and has a best finish of third in the August 2017 event. All four of his starts in the Cup Series have resulted in top-15 finishes. In addition to his starts in the Cup Series, Jones has one start in the Xfinity Series where he led 18 laps and finished fourth and one start in the Truck Series where he led 16 laps and finished third.

  • JGR AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 130 total starts at Michigan International Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned eight wins, 34 top-five finishes, 58 top-10 finishes and seven pole starting positions. The team has led 1,023 laps, completed 24,006 of 25,221 attempted laps (95.2%) and earned an average start of 14.9 and an average finish of 15.2. Five different drivers have won in the Irish Hills for JGR with Bobby Labonte winning three races followed by Denny Hamlin with two wins and Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth with one win each.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week the No. 20 will carry both CRAFTSMAN and Sport Clips as the duo partners together for the ultimate Dad’s Day Giveaway. Visit SportClips.com/DadsDay to enter for your chance to win CRAFTSMAN tools and prizes from Sport Clips.
  • POCONO RACE RECAP: Jones started the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway from the fourth position and earned a strong third-place finish at The Tricky Triangle.
  • ERIK JONES DAY: Fans are invited to attend Erik Jones Day on Byron, Michigan on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. The day will consist of an autograph session, a classic show car, an Adopt a Pet area, show cars, live band, food and much more. Visit ErikJonesRacing.com for more information.
  • RACE INFO: The FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, 2019. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Michigan International Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 1 1 0 5 8.5 11.0

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
14 0 4 6 0 44 16.1 15.3

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
89 1 18 38 2 454 13.0 15.8

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Michigan is always two of my favorite races getting back home for a week and spending time with friends and family and also racing at home. It’s always fun to be able to be with that kind of crowd and have the support from not only my friends and family, but the crowd that’s there, always big supporter of myself. That’s a good feeling as a driver. It makes you have a little extra incentive to go out and win that one. It’s definitely a place I would love to grab a win at.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “I think Michigan will one of the race tracks that we might see a lot more pack racing than we have compared to other intermediate events this year. It’s obviously a home race for Erik and he’d like to run well, but it’s a place we’ve struggled to bring him a really good car except for the fall of 2017. We’ve run decent, and just outside the top 10, but not as good as we expect to run. I think the strength of our performance of late will really show up this weekend in Michigan. JGR as a whole has had very strong cars with the new aero package, and I think that will be the case this weekend as well. I think you’ll see a lot more on throttle time and be able to use more than one groove to complete passing at this race track. It would be a really good place to keep upping our performance and get the 20 team its first win of 2019.”

 

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.

 

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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May 29th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Pocono Raceway

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT POCONO RACEWAY: This weekend when Erik Jones climbs behind the wheel of the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry for the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, he will make his fifth start at the track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In his previous four starts at the track in the Cup Series, Jones has two top-five finishes, three top-10 finishes and has led 35 laps. Jones best finish at the track came in his first start when he finished third in the June 2017 event. He most recently claimed a fifth-place finish after leading 11 laps in the July 2018 race. In addition to his Cup starts at the Tricky Triangle, Jones has one Xfinity Series start where he started from the pole and finished second in the rain-shortened event. In the Truck Series, Jones has three starts resulting three top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish last season filling in at Kyle Busch Motorsports.
  • JGR AT POCONO RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 130 total starts at Pocono Raceway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 12 wins, 31 top-five finishes, 64 top-10 finishes and 11 pole starting positions. The team has led 1,463 laps, completed 22,185 of 23,434 attempted laps (94.7%) and earned an average start of 11.8 and an average finish of 15.3. Six different drivers have won at the Tricky Triangle for JGR with Denny Hamlin leading the way with four wins followed by Bobby Labonte with three wins, Kyle Busch with two wins and Tony Stewart, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth each with one win.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week the popular yellow and black paint scheme of DEWALT returns to the No. 20 Toyota Camry for the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway.
  • CHARLOTTE RACE RECAP: Jones started the Coca-Cola 600 from the 16th position and quickly moved in to the top-10 before an issue with the right-front tire on lap 22 ended the team’s day, resulting in a 40th-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, MRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Pocono Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 2 3 0 35 13.0 11.2

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
13 0 3 5 0 44 17.0 16.2

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
88 1 17 37 2 454 13.1 15.9

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Pocono has been a good track to us. It’s kind of a unique place, obviously one of a kind. We don’t really go to another track like it. We go there twice a year and its two opportunities to win a race and we’ve had some solid runs there over the last couple of years. Just need to focus on that, adjust to the new package and hopefully position ourselves like we have the last couple of times with an opportunity to be in the top three at the end of the race.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “We had our strongest race in Pocono last fall and have been consistently getting better as a team at this race track. I also feel like we have a really good handle on what we need to do to make this new aero package race well at all the intermediate tracks. So it’ll be challenging and exciting to go to such a different style race track with the new aero package. I think restarts could be really exciting and we’ll see guys three maybe four wide thru turn one. It’ll be very interesting to see what kind of drafting situations and runs guys can get on each other at this type of race track. I feel really good about the weekend and look forward to getting some laps in the race and putting the quick exit at Charlotte behind us.”

 

About DEWALT

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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May 22nd, 2019 |

Erik Jones / No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry Preview Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 20 Reser’s Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fourth Monster Energy Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600. In his previous three starts at the track in the Cup Series, Jones best-career finish is seventh in the 2017 Coca-Cola 600. Jones also has starts at the track in both the Xfinity and Truck Series. With five starts in the Xfinity Series, his best finish is second in 2015 and he has an average finish of 3.2. Jones lone Truck Series start resulted in 88 laps led and one of the closest finish in series history when he finished inches behind Kasey Kahne to record a second-place finish.
  • JGR AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 126 total starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned six wins, 49 top-five finishes, 76 top-10 finishes and 10 pole starting positions. The team has led 3,457 laps, completed 44,130 of 45,507 attempted laps (97.0%) and earned an average start of 12.1 and an average finish of 11.6. Five different drivers have won at the track for JGR, with Bobby Labonte winning two races and Dale Jarett, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch each winning one race for the team.
  • CORPORAL RICHARD ELLIS ECKERT: Jones and the No. 20 team will honor Corporal Richard Ellis Eckert this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 and Memorial Day weekend. A Grand Rapids, Michigan native, Eckert was Jones great-uncle and his mother Carol’s uncle. Corporal Eckert served in the Marines and was based at Camp Elliott in San Diego, California. Eckert was killed on April 12, 1945 in Okinawa during World War II.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week Reser’s Main St Bistro returns to the No. 20 Camry for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • RESER’S MAIN ST BISTRO FAVORITES IN CHARLOTTE: These three Main St Bistro delicious refrigerated sides are winners in the Carolinas:
    • Roasted Sea Salt & Black Pepper Potatoes – A medley of fully-oven roasted sliced baby red, yellow, and purple potatoes seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.  These tasty roasted potatoes are ready in minutes and come in a grill-safe tray – perfect for tailgating.
    • Baked Macaroni & Cheese – A rich and flavorful fully baked macaroni and cheese casserole with real milk, cheddar cheese and that distinct golden-brown baked appearance. A favorite with children and adults alike!  
    • Baked Scalloped Potatoes – This tasty fully baked side combines fresh sliced potatoes with real milk, butter, and golden-brown melted cheddar cheese.  With its made from scratch taste and appearance, everyone will think it’s homemade.
    • Main St Bistro side dishes are available at Food Lion, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Ingles, Publix, Lowes, Bi-Lo, Kroger, and other grocery retailers in the Carolinas.
  • ALL-STAR RACE RECAP: Jones qualified for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race in the seventh position, but after some damage to the No. 20 Camry and several cut tires, Jones was forced to the garage and credited with a 19th-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2019. Coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
3 0 0 1 0 0 15.7 14.3

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
12 0 3 5 0 44 17.1 14.2

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
87 1 17 37 2 454 13.1 15.6

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Charlotte has been a pretty good track for us in the past and one where I have run well. This weekend is one of our longest races of the year, and with the hot temperatures, we’ll definitely have to do our work and prepare for not only the race, but prepare ourselves for the long day and night. It’s also a special weekend with how we honor the military. NASCAR does a really good job every weekend of honoring our military, but to carry a fallen soldier on our car adds to how special this weekend is. This will be the first time I am carrying someone with a tie to me and I’m honored to carry my mom’s uncle, Richard Eckert, on the No. 20 Camry this weekend. I think we’ll have a good race and hopefully we can end the night with our first win of the season.”

 

About Reser’s Fine Foods: 

Family owned and operated, Reser’s is the leading provider of fresh refrigerated deli salads, side dishes and prepared foods. For more than 65 years, Reser’s has been making fun times easy and affordable for every family. Reser’s famous deli salads and sides are family favorites at the race track, picnics, BBQs and tailgates.  Founded in 1950, the company remains committed to providing delicious refrigerated foods for the supermarket and food service industries. Reser’s operates 14 facilities in the United States and Mexico and employs more than 4,500 employees in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Visit  www.resers.com.

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May 16th, 2019 |

Erik Jones – No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry Preview (MENCS) – Charlotte Motor Speedway All-Star Race

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY ALL-STAR RACE: With his win last season at Daytona International Speedway in July, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team qualified for the 2019 Monster Energy All-Star race. This will mark the first year for Jones to compete in the event after narrowly missing qualifying his way in to the event the last two seasons. In 2017 Jones was attempting a late-race pass that took him out of contention and last season he was runner up in his qualifying race, missing the main event both seasons.
  • JGR AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY ALL-STAR RACE: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has won the Monster Energy All-Star race on two occasions. Denny Hamlin won for the team in 2015 and most recently, Kyle Busch took home the million dollar payout in 2017.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week CRAFTSMAN returns to the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Jones and the No. 20 team racing for their chance to win $1 million.
  • KANSAS RECAP: Jones started the race at Kansas Speedway from the sixth position and had an eventful stage one that saw the No. 20 Camry receive damage to the right front fender. Following repairs to the car, Jones was able to battle his way back to the top 10 and with speed on his side, finished the race with a solid third-place finish.
  • RACE INFO: The Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019. Coverage of the star-studded event will kick off at 6:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, MRN and  SIRIUS XM Channel 90.

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
12 0 3 5 0 44 17.1 14.2

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
87 1 17 27 2 454 13.1 15.6

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: What does it mean to compete for a million dollars in the All-Star race?

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s finally my first year that I get to run it. I missed it the last two years so it’s nice to actually be in it this year and have a shot to race for it. I’m excited for that. I’ve been sitting on my couch back home watching it. It’s great. I love this month coming up just being at home for a couple weeks and not having to get on a plane and travel. You get a lot of friends and family that come and stay in town and that’s always fun. A million bucks, who doesn’t want to win that? It’s a great race. You look at the history of it and some of the shows that have been put on at that race and it’s something that I think we all look forward to as a driver to have an opportunity to go and compete in.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “It’s good to be home for a couple weeks, and back racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s pretty cool to be participating in the All-Star race for the first time with Erik and this 20 team. It’s good knowing you’re locked in to the event, and allows you to focus more on the All-Star race format and the unique qualifying format for the cars locked into the event. Normally you could use the All-Star event as a tune up for the Coca-Cola 600, but with some of the rule changes for this weekend, it doesn’t make it quite as useful. It’s still a good momentum builder and we’ll do what we can to gleam a little bit of info from this weekend to apply to the 600 the next weekend. Charlotte has been a really good track for Erik and the 20 team in the past, and I expect to carry the momentum from the last few weeks to both All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. I really feel like we can go compete for our first win in 2019 over the next two weeks at this race track. Just excited to get to the track and continue the progress we’ve been making this 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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May 8th, 2019 |

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

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Heading to a track where Erik Jones has seen success, he’ll make his sixth start at Kansas Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) this weekend during Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400. Jones made his MENCS debut at Kansas Speedway in 2015 filling in for the injured Kyle Busch. Jones most recent start at the track also earned him his best-career finish at the track in the Cup Series with a solid fourth-place finish. In the Xfinity Series, Jones has two starts with both starts resulting in second-place finishes with a total of 197 laps led. In his lone Truck Series start at the track, Jones started from the pole and led 151 of 167 laps before finishing 11th.
  • JGR AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 83 total starts at Kansas Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned four wins, 19 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes and two pole starting positions. The team has led 896 laps, completed 21,033 of 22,013 attempted laps (95.5%) and earned an average start of 12.4 and an average finish of 16.7. Four different drivers have won at the track for JGR, starting with Tony Stewart in 2006 followed by Danny Hamlin in 2012, Matt Kenseth in 2013 and Busch in 2016.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week DEWALT returns to the No. 20 Toyota Camry as the primary partner for the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway.
  • DOVER RECAP: Qualifying in the 15th position for the race at Dover International Speedway, Jones and the No. 20 team were able to continue to improve their Camry throughout the race to run the majority of the race in the top 10 before finishing the race in the sixth position.
  • RACE INFO: The Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019. Coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kansas Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
5 0 1 2 0 3 13.6 21.6

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
11 0 2 4 0 44 18.1 15.3

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
86 1 16 36 2 454 13.2 15.8

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Kansas has always been a good track for me and one that holds a special memory as the track where I made my Cup Series debut in 2015 filling in for Kyle (Busch). In both the Xfinity and Truck Series I came close to getting wins, but came up short in both, but I’ve always had fast Toyota’s. We were strong for both races last year in Kansas and were able to get a top five in the fall, so hopefully we can pick up where we left off with our DEWALT Camry and use the momentum from Dover and contend for our first win of the season on Saturday night.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “The 20 team is really excited about going to Kansas this weekend. We feel like we had strong cars at Kansas in 2018, with a top 10 and a top 5 run in last year’s events. We had a strong run at our last intermediate event this season with the new package (Texas), and have a little momentum from a solid run in Dover this past weekend. It’s a familiar tire that we’ve run this year, so we feel like we have a lot of familiarity and a lot of momentum going into the Kanas event. That should all bode well to help us go get the first win of 2019 for this 20 DEWALT team in Kansas.”

 

About DEWALT

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Packed up ready to hit Fan Day tomorrow. See you out there. Oh and Dad will be there too.

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Fan Appreciation Day is Saturday! Rain or shine! Music, games & fun! There are still a few spots open for the River Race & Car Show. Visit https://t.co/sN0xNMJdik for Saturday’s event schedule, and to rsvp. Hope to see you there!

31st today @MISpeedway. We had a fast @craftsman @SportClips #Camry, just need some luck on our side. On to @RaceSonoma in two weeks. #TeamToyota

Let’s try this again. Coming up on @FS1 from @MISpeedway. #TeamToyota @craftsman @SportClips

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