Posted: June 1st, 2019

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage traveled north to Pocono Raceway for “Tricky Triangle” qualifying on Saturday afternoon. After two prior practice sessions Friday when the 20 DeWalt Camry ran top 16 then top eight speeds, the Joe Gibbs Racing unit knew they’d continue to improve through the weekend. Their suspicions were correct as Erik Jones took to the 2.5-mile superspeedway on Saturday and with a single-file qualifying format drove his Camry to a fourth-place qualifying spot at 172.410mph. The team will now prepare for the Sunday race start. When asked about race strategy Jones discussed, “I think strategy calls like two tires, no tires, etc will help with track position in the race. You look at the last couple of years and some of the times we’ve got really good finishes here have been some strategy calls – pitting before the stage ends, taking two tires at the stage breaks or staying out even at the stage breaks. I think there’s going to be a lot of that. The last couple of years it was a mixed bag of who was doing that and who wasn’t doing it, but I think this year you’re going to get a majority of cars who are probably going to play that game and everybody is going to be on that plan. Fortunately for us, we’re starting really well in the top five there in fourth. I think we did a good job there and we just need to keep it. You can’t give that track position up all day now. It’s just going to be tough to get it back.” Sunday’s race will begin at 2:00pm ET and will be broadcast on FS1.