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Erik Jones

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/30/1996

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Erik Jones has earned three top-10s and finished outside the top 30 three times in 12 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.
That makes Jones and all or nothing proposition this week on the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway. He should not be used in games where he is among the most expensive options, but if he fits the final slot of your roster, he can easily get slotted in. Feb 21 - 6:00 PM

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Erik Jones was forced to check up for a wiggly Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the end of the first stage of the Daytona 500 and when he did, he was run into from behind by Jimmie Johnson.

Stenhouse was sent up the track by Ryan Blaney and did a great job of saving his car. Jones was forced to slow for him, however, and that triggered a Big One crash that collected six cars including Jones and Johnson. Daniel Suarez, William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Ty Dillon were also involved.
Feb 18 - 4:13 PM

Chase Elliott packed air underneath the Toyota of Erik Jones and sent the Joe Gibbs Racer around.

The aerodynamic push was identical to what Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did to both David Gilliland and William Byron, but this time the incident was caused in part by Elliott trying to back off the Young Gun. When he hovered on the left bumper, the air eventually got packed and sent the No. 20 spinning. Jones does not appear to have sustained major damage.
Feb 15 - 9:16 PM

Erik Jones crashed out of three of four restrictor-plate, superspeedway races in 2017, which limited his value in all Fantasy NASCAR games.

Jones is capable of scoring top-10s on this track type if he stays out of trouble. He proved as much in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona with a ninth-place finish after starting 17th. The problem is that no one can predict when a driver is going to stay out of trouble on wild card tracks.
Feb 15 - 5:20 PM

Erik Jones’ four races sponsored by Sport Clips have been announced as Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway) in March, Richmond International Raceway in April, Darlington Raceway in September, and Texas Motor Speedway in November.

Jones handily won the Rookie of the Year honors last year in a second Furniture Row car and as the replacement to Matt Kenseth in Joes Gibbs’ No. 20, he should qualify for the 2018 playoffs. As a sophomore, his book is not extensive enough to make him one of the top fantasy expenses, however, and that is going to make him a great value.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 11:27 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today the No. 20 Toyota Camry driven by 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones will carry DEWALT, Reser’s Fine Foods, Sport Clips Haircuts and Circle K for his sophomore season and first season back at JGR.

In his rookie season, Jones earned his first-career Cup pole, five top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and led 310 laps. His best career finish came on August 19, 2017 at Bristol Motor Speedway where Jones won the pole and led 260 laps before finishing second to Kyle Busch. Jones became the first driver to win Rookie of the Year in all three of NASCAR’s top series capturing the title in 2015 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), the same season he won the series championship, in 2016 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and 2017 in the MENCS.-JGR
Jan 23 - 12:05 PM

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Erik Jones has filed an entry to compete in the upcoming CRA SpeedFest 2018, which will be held on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th at Crisp Motorsports Park – Home of the Watermelon Capital Speedway located in Cordele, Georgia.

As is tradition, this event is held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl every year. Jones will compete in the 200 lap Super Late Model event for KBR Motorsports, the same team he won the 2017 Battle at Berlin 251 with and competed with in last year’s SpeedFest event. Jones was that events Fast Qualifier for the Super Late Models and finished second in the event to winner Harrison Burton.
Source: Speed51.com
Jan 2 - 10:12 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 11:21:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 06:06:00 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.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 02:23:00 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.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 12:22:00 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.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 08:14:00 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.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 09:55:00 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.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 06:15:00 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.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 04:37:00 PM