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Erik Jones

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

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Erik Jones crashed with an hour remaining in final practice and will have to go to a backup.
This is the first time Jones has been to Sonoma and road course racing is a unique skill. He will improve throughout the weekend, but he is not going to be a good fantasy value. Jun 23 - 6:58 PM

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Erik Jones posted a lap of 200.178 mph in round two of qualification for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway and will roll off the grid 14th.

That makes him the fastest freshman by about a mile-and-a-half over Daniel Suarez. This track is often kind to rookies, so Jones should be watched closely in Saturday’s practices.
Jun 16 - 5:03 PM

Erik Jones finished third in the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400 to score his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series top-five finish.

Jones had the leaders in sight and was hoping they would get side-by-side so he could catch their draft. When they did not, he had to hold off a battle with Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski to remain in contention. Jones could become one of the next first-time winners later this season.
Jun 11 - 6:55 PM

Kyle Busch and Erik Jones are used to going up against each other on the race track. They do it every week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

On June 19, they’ll be in the same race again, this time on the short track of Berlin Raceway (Marne, MI) in the Money in the Bank 150, putting their win streaks on the line. In 2010, Busch won the first edition of the "Rowdy Race." It was a 251-lap race around Berlin that is now known as the Battle at Berlin 251. Busch then won that race again in 2011, and a third time in 2012. Busch hasn’t raced at Berlin since his last win there five years ago. In 2015, Jones won the Battle at Berlin 251. One year later he did it again, giving him two straight. Jones also has not run a race at Berlin since his last win there in June one year ago.
Source: Speed51
Jun 8 - 8:22 PM

Erik Jones posted the fastest single lap in Thursday’s practice session for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway when most drivers were working on qualification trim.

His top speed of 192.713 mph was .035 seconds faster than Jimmie Johnson. Charlotte is a great showcase for young talent and veterans alike.
May 25 - 3:30 PM

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

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