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Erik Jones

Team: Furniture Row Racing-77
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/30/1996

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While his teammate Martin Truex Jr. took home the serious medal Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Erik Jones 21st place finish is enough to wrap up the Rookie of the Year trophy for the 21-year-old driver. Jones finished the race two laps down, only 12 drivers finished on the same lap as the leader and only three drivers were one lap down. Fellow rookie of the year candidate Daniel Suarez who entered the night 14 rookie points behind Jones finished the race in 34th after having a problem with brakes with 34 laps to go.
Jones came close to scoring a win in his rookie season a couple of times, most notably at Bristol where he dominated until a last lap pass by Kyle Busch pushed him back to second. In his sophomore season the young driver will be eyeing that first win, but even before that happens his currently last 18 race record of more than 50% top-10 finishes will keep him a great value from week to week. Nov 19 - 11:21 PM

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Erik Jones finished fourth in the Can Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway after starting the afternoon 11th.

Jones was featured in pre-race coverage because of his stellar 10-lap averages. At the end, he needed to survive a short run and did so despite missing a shift on the final restart.
Nov 12 - 6:06 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Erik Jones, driving the No. 20 Hisense Toyota, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Ticket Galaxy 200 with a lap of 133.929 mph.

This is his 15th pole in 77 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his third pole and 15th top-10 NXS start in 2017 and his second pole in seven NXS races at Phoenix Raceway. William Byron (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2017 and his second in two races at Phoenix. Cole Custer (third) posted his second top-10 start at Phoenix and his 23rd in 32 races this season.
Nov 11 - 2:23 PM

Erik Jones posted the quickest 10-lap average in the Saturday morning session for the Can Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 133.060 mph.

Jones qualified 11th, so he needs some long run speed to contend for a top-five. This makes him a decent value at his salary cap.
Nov 11 - 12:22 PM

Erik Jones was the top finishing rookie of the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a 10th-place finish.

Jones snapped a three-race streak of results outside the top 25. Rookies are notoriously unstable and while that has not been notable all season, it seems to be establishing a greater pattern in the closing races.
Nov 5 - 8:14 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Erik Jones, driving the No. 20 GameStop/Call of Duty WWII Toyota, won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his ninth victory in 76 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his third NXS victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2017 and his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Cup regular Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five NXS races at TMS. It is his 11th top-10 NXS finish in 2017. Another Cup regular, Kyle Larson (third), posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight NXS races at TMS. Cole Custer (fifth) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.
Nov 5 - 9:55 AM

Erik Jones posted the second fastest speed in Happy Hour for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 190.860 mph.

As good as that is, he was .09 seconds slower than Denny Hamlin and that is significant on a 1.5-mile track. It doesn’t matter how far a driver finishes behind the leader, however, because he still gets fantasy points for a second-place result.
Nov 4 - 6:15 PM

Erik Jones spun about 30 minutes into Happy Hour and backed into the wall. He may need to roll out a backup car.

With 30 minutes of practice remaining, it is unlikely that Jones will get back on track before qualification on Sunday. Even if he does not roll out the backup, he is going to have limited laps on the corrected body of this chassis. He is less desirable from a Fantasy NASCAR standpoint.
Oct 28 - 4:37 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Erik Jones, driving the No. 20 Reser's American Classic Toyota, tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS.

He ran a fast lap of 177.189 mph. No. 22 Ryan Blaney, No. 39 Ryan Sieg, No. 42 Tyler Reddick and No. 1 Elliott Sadler round out the top-five of the 41 cars out on the track. The No. 74 Dodge, driven by Mike Harmon, was the slowest in the final practice session. Jones also had a 10-lap average speed of 174.756 mph. This was the best of the 11 cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in this session.
Oct 20 - 8:21 PM

Unaware that Jamie McMurray was pitting on lap 27 of the Alabama 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, Erik Jones ran into the back of Jamie McMurray and sustained heavy crash damage.

Jones will finish 36th. He was considered one of our favorite dark horses entering the race, but will end up losing considerable points for fantasy players.
Oct 15 - 2:59 PM

Erik Jones did not clear technical inspection in time to make a lap during the first round of qualification and will start the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 38th as a result.

The good news is that Jones is going to earn a ton of place differential points and this poor starting spot will not keep him from challenging for a top-10 finish. His value to fantasy players has increased.
Oct 7 - 10:53 AM

Erik Jones was this highest finishing rookie of the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a sixth-place finish.

Jones was one of the top picks this week for Daily Fantasy despite his struggles in the summer. He qualified well earlier in the year, but he ran into trouble early. This year, he avoided a mid-race accident and that put him in a position to capitalize at the end of the race.
Sep 24 - 7:58 PM

Erik Jones is the only driver in the top 12 in qualification for the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway who is not in playoff contention. His lap of 133.971 was good enough for eighth on the grid.

Jones qualified sixth this summer for the Overton's 301, but he ran into trouble and finished 39th. If he stays out of trouble this week, he should easily score a top-10.
Sep 22 - 6:18 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Erik Jones, driving the No. 20 NBA 2K18/GameStop Toyota, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the TheHouse.com 300 with a lap of 177.229 mph.

This is his 13th pole in 72 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2017 and his first pole in four races at Chicagoland Speedway. Cup driver, Daniel Suarez (second), posted his eighth top-10 NXS start of 2017 and his fourth in five NXS races at Chicagoland. Kyle Larson (third), another Cup driver, posted his fourth top-10 NXS start at Chicagoland and his 10th in ten NXS races this season. Cole Custer (fifth) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.
Sep 16 - 2:03 PM

Erik Jones qualified 24th for the Chicagoland Speedway race and will have to pass more than half the field to get to the front.

It is possible that this is a case of letdown emotions after failing to make the playoffs. He should be watched closely, but the odds are good that he will be able to continue this top-10 streak.
Sep 16 - 11:49 AM