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Erik Jones

Team: Furniture Row Racing-77
Age / DOB:  (20) / 5/30/1996

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Erik Jones tried to make a three-wide pass in the grass attempt against Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez with three laps remaining in the final segment of the Monster Open.
Jones had a much faster car down the frontstretch because Elliott and Suarez made contact on that lap. Jones did not crash, but he did significant damage to his splitter that took him out of contention. May 20 - 7:07 PM

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Erik Jones spun into the infield with 13 minutes remaining in the first practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The nose of the car dug deeply into the grass and probably did significant damage to the undercarriage. The crew does not believe Jones will need to roll out a backup, however.
May 12 - 12:17 PM

Erik Jones posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice with a speed of 120.714 mph.

This is the type of track that should suit his driver style well. It connects both with his short track roots and has elements of an unrestricted, intermediate speedway, on which he has some of his best early results.
Apr 29 - 10:00 AM

Erik Jones posted the second-fastest lap in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 123.035 mph.

That was more than two-10ths off Truex’s lap of 124.178. The drivers are clocking Richmond in 21.743 seconds, so that equates to a significant distance on the track.
Apr 28 - 1:05 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Erik Jones (No. 77 Toyota Camry), driving the No. 20 Reser's American Classic Toyota, won the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, his eighth victory in 64 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his second victory and fourth top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in five NXS races at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). Cup driver Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five NXS races at BMS. Cup driver Daniel Suarez (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five NXS races at BMS. Daniel Hemric (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie. Elliott Sadler (fourth) leads the point standings by 16 points over William Byron (finished 12th).
Apr 22 - 8:19 PM

Erik Jones posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s session with a speed of 121.178 mph from his laps 24 through 33.

This is a little surprising because of the challenge this track demonstrates for rookies. Jones is showing a great balance of speed and durability. He starts 14th based on points, which speaks volumes about his ability. Freshmen are risky, but his is worth that risk.
Apr 22 - 11:51 AM

Erik Jones posted the single fastest lap in practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 127.843 mph.

This Jones’ first official start at Bristol, but he got some laps in relief for an injured Denny Hamlin a couple of years back. He seems to have put that experience to work. Rookies are not typically strong at Bristol, but then again Jones is not a typical rookie.
Apr 21 - 4:00 PM

Erik Jones currently has the ninth-best, six-race average in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with a 13.83.

Last week was his worst outing this year on an unrestricted speedway. He lost a lap that he was unable to make up and finished 22nd. Worse still, he never really looked comfortable behind the wheel after crashing in practice on the tricky new Texas Motor Speedway surface. That is how rookies are supposed to perform, however, and Jones should still be considered a good fantasy value.
Apr 15 - 9:08 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Erik Jones, driving the No. 20 GameStop/GAEMS Toyota Camry, won the My Bariatric Solutions 300, his seventh victory in 63 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his first NXS victory and third top-10 finish in 2017. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in five NXS races at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Cup regular Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four NXS races at TMS. Another Cup regular Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 20 NXS races at TMS. Cole Custer (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie. Elliott Sadler (10th) leads the NXS point standings by 6 points over William Byron (7th).
Apr 8 - 4:44 PM

A little more than 15 minutes after charging to the top of the leaderboard, Erik Jones got up out of the groove in turn four and slammed the wall hard.

Jones will be forced into a backup car. His accident shows the other side of enthusiasm. While rookies are more willing to push the envelope, they cross the line more often than veterans. The accident does not diminish his odds in race trim. Jones was just starting a lap when the incident happened.
Apr 7 - 2:10 PM

Erik Jones posted a lap of 27.957 (193.154) and became the first driver to break the 28-second mark on the new Texas Motor Speedway asphalt.

Moments later, second-year driver Chris Buescher leapfrogged Jones with a lap of 27.927 (193.361). Third-year Ryan Blaney jumped up even further with a 27.809 laps. Daniel Suarez landed fourth on the chart with a 28.136. Young Guns could be a great choice this week.
Apr 7 - 1:59 PM

Erik Jones has earned top-15s in his last three similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races.

He finished 15th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was 14th at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year, but to find that third top-15 one has to go all the way back to Texas Motor Speedway in 2015. Driving for the suspended Matt Kenseth that weekend, he finished 12th after starting the AAA Texas 500 in sixth.
Apr 6 - 11:53 PM

Erik Jones finished 12th in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which made him the top finishing rookie of the race.

Jones had an unscheduled pit stop near lap 385 and lost two laps in the process. For most rookies, that would have been a setback that was impossible to overcome, but he kept his composure and finished well. This is the second time this season that he had to overcome a late-race problem and it is his fifth consecutive top-15.
Apr 3 - 7:25 AM

Erik Jones incurred a penalty for an uncontrolled tire during a lap-193 caution that dropped him from fifth to 21st. He surged through the field at the end to finish 12th.

Jones would easily have scored a top-10 finish—probably a top-five—if not for the penalty. Until his salary cap increases substantially, he is going to be one of the best values in the game.
Mar 26 - 10:23 PM

Erik Jones posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Auto Club 400 with a speed of 187.251. He was reportedly quick in 10 lap averages as well.

Jones qualified 14th for the race and that puts him close enough to the top 10 that he should be able to establish himself with the leaders. Jones should be considered a favorite to score his second consecutive top-10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Mar 25 - 12:35 PM