Erik Jones Eyes Bristol For Possible First Cup Victory

Erik Jones
Erik Jones ran in the top five for the majority of his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway and has every reason to believe Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is his best shot for taking the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota to victory and making the playoffs.

Though the final results of the April race show a 17th-place finish, the Furniture Row Racing driver finished Stage 1 in third place and Stage 2 in sixth. He ran as high as third in the final stage and was eighth on Lap 420 of 500 when contact with a lapped car sent the No. 77 Toyota into the Turn 3 wall. Jones was able to continue but his chances for victory were dashed.

“I think we’ve all got Bristol circled as a team,” said Jones. “We ran really well there in the spring. We didn’t get the finish we wanted, but we had a really fast race car. We’ve kind of got that one circled.

“We’ve been able to string together top-10 finishes over the last three races and three completely different types of tracks (Pocono, Watkins Glen, Michigan). That gives our 5-hour ENERGY team a lot of confidence heading into Bristol. Everything happens so fast there and we know for sure that things can happen out of our control but it’s always great racing there.”

Jones is currently 16th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings after 23 races. He’s just 12 points behind Ryan Newman for 15th but knows it’s going to take a win in one of the last three regular season races to make the playoffs. Crew chief Chris Gayle returns to the pit box after a two-week absence.

“It will be great having Chris back at the track,” Jones continued. “He’s obviously the leader of the team so we’re glad to be back at full strength. But I definitely want to thank James Small for everything he did in Chris’s absence the past couple of weeks.

“Obviously it’s a huge goal to make the playoffs, and I know we’re capable of it,” Jones continued. “The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team just has to go out and make it happen, and it goes back to execution. I mean, we’ve had fast race cars at a number of races, we just haven’t put the whole day together, whether it be we didn’t qualify well or we qualified well and had a bad stop late or whatever else. It’s just going to take putting an entire weekend together.”

The 21-year old is second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. His 217 points are seven behind Daniel Suarez (224) and 43 ahead of third-place Ty Dillon (174).

The 500-lap 266.5-mile Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race will consist of three stages of 125/125/250 laps (laps 125/250/500). Saturday’s race will air live beginning at 5:30 p.m. MT (7:30 p.m. ET) on NBC, SiriusXM 90 and PRN. Qualifying (multi-car, three rounds) is scheduled for Friday at 3:45 p.m. MT (5:45 p.m. ET) on NBCSN, SiriusXM 90 and PRN.

Erik Jones

2017 NASCAR Cup Series Results

No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry

 

 

No.

 

Date

 

Event

 

St

 

Fn

 

Laps

Laps

Led

 

Status

 

Points

 

Rank

1 2/26 Daytona 34 39 103/200 0 Crash 1 37
2 3/5 Atlanta 23 14 325/325 0 Running 26 29
3 3/12 Las Vegas 8 15 267/267 0 Running 22 20
4 3/19 Phoenix 8 8 314/314 0 Running 33 18
5 3/26 Fontana 14 12 202/202 0 Running 34 15
6 4/2 Martinsville 15 12 500/500 0 Running 28 13
7 4/9 Texas 36 22 333/334 0 Running 15 14
8 4/24 Bristol 14 17 499/500 0 Running 33 12
9 4/30 Richmond 20 38 4/400 0 Crash 1 16
10 5/7 Talladega 14 33 168/188 0 Crash 7 20
11 5/13 Kansas 33 22 267/267 2 Running 17 19
12 5/28 Charlotte 5 7 400/400 0 Running 39 18
13 6/4 Dover 7 15 405/406 0 Crash 27 18
14 6/11 Pocono 15 3 160/160 20 Running 39 16
15 6/18 Michigan 14 13 200/200 0 Running 24 16
16 6/25 Sonoma 30 25 109/110 0 Running 12 16
17 7/1 Daytona 17 9 163/163 9 Running 28 17
18 7/8 Kentucky 14 6 274/274 0 Running 40 14
19 7/16 New Hampshire 6 39 40/301 0 Crash 1 17
20 7/23 Indianapolis 9 31 148/167 10 Crash 13 17
21 7/30 Pocono 9 8 160/160 4 Running 4 16
22 8/6 Watkins Glen 6 10 90/90 0 Running 33 18
23 8/13 Michigan 8 3 202/202 5 Running 47 16
TOTALS/AVG. 15.6 17.4 5333/6133 50 524

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Erik Jones Still Dreams About Winning At Michigan International Speedway

Erik Jones

Winning at his home track of Michigan International Speedway?

Of course Erik Jones thought about it. How could he not?

With the race halted by a red flag for a little over five minutes with just two green flag laps left in the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Jones let his mind wander to what it would be like to win the race.

Not only would it have been the first win of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and lock him into the postseason, but it would have come at his home town track. A native of Byron, Mich., Jones grew up 99 miles from the racetrack.

“(The red flag) gives you a lot of time to play through scenarios on the restart and how you want it to work out. It’s very rare it ever works out the way you picture it in your head,” he said. And this one didn’t, either. Instead,  Jones settled for third.

He would have had to beat his teammate to get that win. Jones was second on the final restart alongside his Furniture Row Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr.

Before the question could even be asked, Truex said flatly Furniture Row Racing does not have so-called “team orders” and that there was no chance he would let Jones win.

Jones cannot make the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs on points, and will have to win one of the next three races to make the postseason.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Erik Jones Pockets A Third Place Finish In The Pure Michigan 400

Erik Jones
Two late-race restarts in Sunday’s Michigan Pure 400 gave Erik Jones and the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team chances to earn his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in storybook fashion but he instead took the checkered flag with a career-best tying third-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

The Byron, Mich., native lined up next to race leader and Furniture Row Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. twice in the final 10 laps. But it was Kyle Larson who slipped past both in the two-lap NASCAR overtime shootout after a red flag to spoil the Denver, Colo.-based team’s 1-2 finish. Truex’s runner-up finish and Jones’ third was still Furniture Row Racing’s best result as a two-car team.

The third-place finish on the two-mile oval was also Jones’ third straight top 10 and eighth of the season. It equaled his season best of third at Pocono Raceway in June. He is currently 16th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver point standings after 23 races, just 12 points behind Ryan Newman in 15th place.

“I wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be (inside lane) on the final restart, but I thought we could get a good enough restart where we could at least battle through (turns) one and two and hopefully make something happen into (turn) three,” said Jones. “Unfortunately, that didn’t work out, both of us couldn’t get going – Martin was spinning his tires and I was spinning my tires. He got a push from the 42 (Larson) and he passed us both. It’s unfortunate; I thought it was going to be a Furniture Row one-two (finish) either way. Wish the 5-hour ENERGY Camry could have had a shot at it, but it was a good day for us.”

It appeared Truex and Jones were going to finish 1-2 with both drivers having a safe margin in track position late in the race. But a caution for a multicar accident with four laps remaining in the scheduled 200-lap race first slowed the field then stopped it to allow track workers to clean up the debris resulting from the wreck.

 “I thought this might be my day for a few moments and then the 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) really kind of picked it up there the last 50 laps or so and he was really fast,” said Jones. “We were kind of in our own league there for a long time – we were kind of matching lap times, he would go faster and I would go faster. I really thought that whoever was out front was going to win, unfortunately neither of us got it done. Neither of us really got going great after that last restart. I spun my tires, he spun his and it just wasn’t what we needed at the end.”

After qualifying eighth, Jones was steady all day in his No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry. He led twice for five laps and the strategy devised by interim crew chief James Small and his team of engineers seemed to be playing out perfectly. From Lap 134 on, Jones ran second to Truex for a majority of the stretch run to the checkered flag on the track just 70 miles south of where he grew up.

The balance of the top-10 finishers were: Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Kyle Busch.

The race had 14 lead changes among seven drivers. There were five cautions for 28 laps and one red flag for nearly six minutes.

The next race is Saturday night, Aug. 19, at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Furniture Row Racing Reviews Their Qualifying Efforts At Michigan

Martin Truex, Jr and Erik Jones
Erik Jones qualified sixth and his Furniture Row Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. qualified 13th for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Jones will line up his No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota on the outside of Row 4 after a pole-round lap of 35.678 seconds at 201.805 mph around the 2-mile oval.

“It was a good effort for the 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, starting eighth on the outside so that hopefully bodes well for a strong day for us Sunday,” said Jones. “We’re going out there for a win so everything we do, all the calls we make, are going to be more aggressive. We have to take risks on the strategy side, I have to take risks on the race track just to put ourselves in position for a win. Obviously, track position is king here at Michigan so I’m just going to try to get out front and, hopefully, a great car and great strategy will get us that win.”

Truex will line up the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota on the inside of Row 7 after a second-round lap of 35.774 at 201.263. It’s just the fifth time in 23 races this season that Truex and the No. 78 team haven’t advanced to the pole round in qualifying.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Erik Jones Thinks Aggressive Strategy Will Pay Off At Michigan

Erik Jones
The aggressive race strategy the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota team has developed throughout the season is something driver Erik Jones believes can pay off in a big way Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

The Byron, Mich., native heads into the Pure Michigan 400 weekend in 18th place in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings with just four races remaining in the 26-race regular season. The need for a win in his rookie season is now paramount above earning his way into the playoffs in the point standings.

“We feel like we’ve been pretty aggressive on strategy pretty much every week and trying to give ourselves the best shot to win,” said Jones. “We’ve still gotten some good finishes out of it, but I definitely feel like we’re more aggressive on strategy than we were the first part of the year.  I think when you look at the schedule we feel like we’ve got some good tracks coming up. Michigan will be a good one for us. We’re not looking for top 10s. We’re looking to try to go out there and snag a win.”

Despite growing just 70 miles north of the 2-mile speedway in Brooklyn, Jones didn’t attend too many races there. What he may not have known at the time was he was preparing to compete twice annually at Michigan International Speedway.

“I didn’t go to MIS a ton when I was a kid” said Jones. “I actually only went a few times because we were racing. You know, I did go down there a few times. It was always just my dad and I, so that’s always a fun memory for me to look back on and think about. Obviously my dad was a race fan, and to share that time with him down there was pretty fun.

“My first truck race there (started seventh, finished third in August 2015) was a cool day, as well.  That was my first time ever at MIS (as a competitor), so I always kind of remember that day and hold it a little special. Just first race, the home track, it’s always kind of cool. I felt like I had to wait forever to get to run there with the age restrictions of NASCAR, but it was really cool to make my first start there.”

Jones has seen the improvement of both his Furniture Row Racing 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength team and that of manufacturer Toyota.

“Toyota has really come around here this part of the season I feel like,” said Jones. “We’ve been really strong now for about the last month.  We’ve had some really fast 5-hour ENERGY Toyotas and had an opportunity to win as a whole a number of races.  Being in fast race cars is always a welcome opportunity, obviously, and the start of the year we had fast race cars, but they just weren’t — I wouldn’t say they were near as good as they are now.”

The 21-year old is second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. His 203 points are 23 behind Daniel Suarez (226) and 31 ahead of third-place Ty Dillon (172).

The 200-lap 400-mile Pure Michigan 400 will consist of three stages of 60/60/80 laps (laps 60/120/200).

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Erik Jones Earns First Road Race Top Ten Finish

Erik Jones
Erik Jones made big gains in his young road racing career by steering his No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota to a 10th-place finish in Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at The Glen.

It was Jones’ second straight top-10 finish and seventh of the season.

“The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was good all day despite some brake issues from the beginning,” said Jones. “I thought we had a top-10 car, maybe a top-five car had circumstances played out. I had a bad stop and got boxed in behind the 43 (Aric Almirola) so we just didn’t quite get the finish that we wanted. But all in all it was a good day for our Furniture Row Racing team.”

Despite the top-10 finish, Jones dropped two positions, to 18th, in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings after 22 races. He is 31 points behind Daniel Suarez for 15th place.

The 21-year old qualified the Furniture Row Racing entry in the sixth position earlier in the afternoon, lining up out the outside of Row 3 for the 90-lap race on the 2.454-mile Watkins Glen International road course. He called over the radio early to interim crew chief James Small that there was an issue with the Toyota’s braking. He was able to maintain his starting position until pitting on Lap 17, three laps prior to the end of the day’s first stage. On a separate race strategy than many of the leaders, he finished the stage in the 25th position.

Those leaders did pit during the caution, however, which allowed the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota to start Stage 2 in seventh place. Jones picked up two spots in the running order by the end of the second 20-lap stage to earn six championship points for his efforts.

Small kept Jones on the racing surface during the second intermission, in doing so starting the 50-lap final stage in fifth place. Jones pitted under caution on Lap 53, taking four tires and fuel. He was boxed in by the car ahead of him while attempting to exit his pit, however, and returned to the field in 16th place for the restart on lap 55.

Jones was scored 18th on Lap 60 but picked up two positions by the end of Lap 70. He was 13th with 10 laps remaining, which was when the fuel strategy from the beginning of the race played out. Three of the cars ahead of him had to pit late for fuel which provided the opportunity for Jones and the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota to earn a solid 10th-place finish.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Erik Jones Goes To School At The Glen

Erik Jones
Erik Jones grabbed his helmet and went back to school to prepare himself for Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at the Watkins Glen International road course.

The No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota driver made the trip to Watkins Glen International on July 20 to seek out the expertise of legendary road racer and instructor Chris Cook. Jones has raced on the 11-turn, 2.45-mile road course only once, qualifying 13th and finishing 12th in last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

“I went up there to Chris Cook’s school, made some laps and got a good visual of the track,” said Jones. I’ve been there only once, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, so it was nice to get a visual in something that’s a little bit slower. You can really see the whole track that way and get a good idea of where you want your car to be. Chris was able to come out and help me out with a few things that I fought in the Xfinity Series car. Hopefully, that will help and give me a head start headed into the weekend.

“I also did some simulator work this week to prepare for the race. I think it’s always helpful to get in the simulator to at least get another visual and another feel for being back on the track before I get there for real. It reiterated everything I saw there with Chris and will hopefully give me a head start when we unload the 5-hour ENERGY Toyota on Friday.”

Jones and the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team bounced back with a resilient eighth-place finish last Sunday at Pocono Raceway after not making it to the checkered flag in the previous two races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was Jones’ sixth top-10 finish of the season and second straight top 10 at Pocono (he finished third in the June race there).

“It felt good to get another solid finish at Pocono after the previous couple of weeks,” said Jones. “Chris [Gayle, crew chief] and the engineers had another good strategy that played out pretty well until we had the gun malfunction on pit road. That put is behind but we were able to get back into the top 10. We had a top-five car at the end so it would have been nice to see what we could have done if we’d had the chance to get up there.”

Jones is 16th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings after 21 races. He is 22 points behind Ryan Newman for 15th place.

The 21-year old is second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. His 202 points are 10 behind Daniel Suarez (212) and 31 ahead of third-place Ty Dillon (171).

The 90-lap I Love New York 355 at the Glen will consist of three stages of 20/20/50 laps (laps 20/40/90). Sunday’s race will air live beginning at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) on NBCSN, SiriusXM 90 and MRN. Qualifying (multi-car, two rounds) is also scheduled for Sunday at 10:05 a.m. MT (12:05 p.m. ET) on NBCSN, SiriusXM 90 and MRN.

 

 

Erik Jones

2017 NASCAR Cup Series Results

No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry

 

 

No.

 

Date

 

Event

 

St

 

Fn

 

Laps

Laps

Led

 

Status

 

Points

 

Rank

1 2/26 Daytona 34 39 103/200 0 Crash 1 37
2 3/5 Atlanta 23 14 325/325 0 Running 26 29
3 3/12 Las Vegas 8 15 267/267 0 Running 22 20
4 3/19 Phoenix 8 8 314/314 0 Running 33 18
5 3/26 Fontana 14 12 202/202 0 Running 34 15
6 4/2 Martinsville 15 12 500/500 0 Running 28 13
7 4/9 Texas 36 22 333/334 0 Running 15 14
8 4/24 Bristol 14 17 499/500 0 Running 33 12
9 4/30 Richmond 20 38 4/400 0 Crash 1 16
10 5/7 Talladega 14 33 168/188 0 Crash 7 20
11 5/13 Kansas 33 22 267/267 2 Running 17 19
12 5/28 Charlotte 5 7 400/400 0 Running 39 18
13 6/4 Dover 7 15 405/406 0 Crash 27 18
14 6/11 Pocono 15 3 160/160 20 Running 39 16
15 6/18 Michigan 14 13 200/200 0 Running 24 16
16 6/25 Sonoma 30 25 109/110 0 Running 12 16
17 7/1 Daytona 17 9 163/163 9 Running 28 17
18 7/8 Kentucky 14 6 274/274 0 Running 40 14
19 7/16 New Hampshire 6 39 40/301 0 Crash 1 17
20 7/23 Indianapolis 9 31 148/167 10 Crash 13 17
21 7/30 Pocono 9 8 160/160 4 Running 29 16
TOTALS/AVG. 16.4 18.5 5041/5841 45 469

 

 

2017 No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Team

 

Over-the-Wall Crew

Front-Tire Changer David Mayo, Byron, Ga.
Front-Tire Carrier Richard Coleman, Orlando, Fla.
Rear-Tire Changer Brian Eastland, New Bern, N.C.
Rear-Tire Carrier Blake Haugland, Mount Ayr, Iowa
Jackman David O’Dell, Springfield, Ill.
Gasman Matt Tyrell, Plantation, Fla.

 

Road Crew

President Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.
Crew Chief Chris Gayle, Little Rock, Ark.
Car Chief Todd Brewer, Manassas, Va.
Race Engineers James Small, Melbourne, Australia

Chris Yerges, Green Bay, Wis.

Engine Tuner David McClure, Carmichael, Calif.
Engine Builder Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Spotter Rick Carelli, Arvada, Colo.
Shock Specialist Alex Michie, Woodslee, Ontario, CANADA
Tire Specialist Scott Simmons, Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA
Front-end Mechanic John Furino, East Meadow, N.Y.
Underneath Mechanic Cesar Villanueva, Parsippany, N.J.
Floater Mechanic Henry Katzke, Wausau, Wis.
Transportation Mike Clementson, Cambridge, Md.

Jason Taggart, Castleton, Vt.

Dave Shano, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Behind the Wall Support Gene Cornwell, Rock Hill, S.C.
Coach Driver Henry Benfield, Taylorsville, N.C.
IT Support Eric Cragun, Pleasant View, Utah

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Erik Jones Logs Another Top 10 Finish At Pocono

Erik Jones
Erik Jones and the No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota team overcame a loose-handling race car and equipment failure on pit road to finish eighth in the Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway.

It was Jones’ sixth top-10 finish of the season and second straight top 10 at Pocono (he finished third in the June race there).

“It was okay, just up and down,” said Jones. “We just needed track position most of the day. We had a loose wheel and that put us way behind. We just had to work back from that. The SiriusXM Camry had good speed, but just the handling wasn’t great all day – rear grip really. We made some adjustments throughout the day and just have to keep working at it.”

The 21-year-old rookie moved up one position, to 16th, in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings after 21 races. He is 22 points behind Ryan Newman for 15th place.

Jones started on the inside of Row 5 for Sunday’s 160-lap race after qualifying ninth earlier in the day on the three-turn, 2.5-mile track. The handling of the No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota was loose from the green flag and adjustments made during a pit stop on Lap 26 didn’t seem to help matters. Jones was scored 13th after the first 50-lap stage.

Further adjustments made under caution before Stage 2 began made the difference and Jones made a slow but steady march forward. Crew chief Chris Gayle was playing the strategy came that earned the team its season-best third-place finish in June. He called Jones to pit road with just a couple laps remaining while running eighth. Unfortunately, the front-tire changer’s gun jammed during the stop, slowing the stop and forcing Jones back to pit road for a loose lug nut.

That put the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing team in 24th to start the final stage. Jones worked his way up to 12th with 40 laps to go. Gayle kept his driver out while many of the leaders began to pit under green. Jones ran second with 20 to go before making that final stop. He dropped to 11th but picked up three positions to take the checkered flag in eighth.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Erik Jones Looks To Rebound From Indy

Erik Jones
After a difficult two weeks Erik Jones and the No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota team look to rebound at Pocono Raceway where they earned their best finish to date.

The Furniture Row Racing driver finished third in the June 11 Pocono 400 in his career-first series start at the unique three turn, 2.5-mile track.

Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 will be just the fourth time Jones will compete at Pocono in NASCAR’s national series. He earned the pole position and finished second in last year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race and, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finished sixth in 2014 and earned the pole and finished 10th in 2015.

“We ran top-five most of the day and had good strategy and it worked out,” said Jones. “The last restart played out right into our hands. It was definitely a good day for us. We didn’t have the winning car but we stuck to our guns and worked at it hard all day, which can be tough to do sometimes. We got the finish I felt like we deserved.”

Jones and the No. 77 Toyota team did not finish the races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 16), despite sixth- and 10th-place qualifying efforts, respectively. A cut tire and heavy contact with the wall at New Hampshire ended the team’s day after just 40 laps and a multicar crash with less than 20 laps remaining did the same at Indy.

“Yeah, it’s been the story of our season,” said Jones. “We’ve run well, run up front, just haven’t been able to close the races out whether it’s our own fault, bad luck or circumstance, so we know we can take a lot away from it.”

The Pennsylvania 400 is the fourth of seven races SiriusXM will be the primary sponsor of the No. 77 Furniture Racing Toyota this season. Still on the schedule are Richmond Raceway (Sept. 9), Dover International Speedway (Oct. 1), and Martinsville Speedway (Nov. 5).

Jones is 17th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings after 20 races. He is three points behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for 16th place and 22 behind Ryan Newman for 15th.

The 21-year old is second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. His 196 points are nine behind Daniel Suarez (205) and 26 ahead of third-place Ty Dillon (170).

The 200-lap, 400-mile Pennsylvania 400 will consist of three stages of 50/50/60 laps (laps 50/100/160). Sunday’s race will air live beginning at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) on NBCSN, SiriusXM 90 and MRN. Qualifying (multi-car, three rounds) is also scheduled for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. MT (11:30 a.m. ET) on NBCSN, SiriusXM 90 and MRN.

Erik Jones

2017 NASCAR Cup Series Results

No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry

 

 

No.

 

Date

 

Event

 

St

 

Fn

 

Laps

Laps

Led

 

Status

 

Points

 

Rank

1 2/26 Daytona 34 39 103/200 0 Crash 1 37
2 3/5 Atlanta 23 14 325/325 0 Running 26 29
3 3/12 Las Vegas 8 15 267/267 0 Running 22 20
4 3/19 Phoenix 8 8 314/314 0 Running 33 18
5 3/26 Fontana 14 12 202/202 0 Running 34 15
6 4/2 Martinsville 15 12 500/500 0 Running 28 13
7 4/9 Texas 36 22 333/334 0 Running 15 14
8 4/24 Bristol 14 17 499/500 0 Running 33 12
9 4/30 Richmond 20 38 4/400 0 Crash 1 16
10 5/7 Talladega 14 33 168/188 0 Crash 7 20
11 5/13 Kansas 33 22 267/267 2 Running 17 19
12 5/28 Charlotte 5 7 400/400 0 Running 39 18
13 6/4 Dover 7 15 405/406 0 Crash 27 18
14 6/11 Pocono 15 3 160/160 20 Running 39 16
15 6/18 Michigan 14 13 200/200 0 Running 24 16
16 6/25 Sonoma 30 25 109/110 0 Running 12 16
17 7/1 Daytona 17 9 163/163 9 Running 28 17
18 7/8 Kentucky 14 6 274/274 0 Running 40 14
19 7/16 New Hampshire 6 39 40/301 0 Crash 1 17
20 7/23 Indianapolis 9 31 148/167 10 Crash 13 17
TOTALS/AVG. 16.8 19.0 4881/5681 41 Running 440

 

 

2017 No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Team

 

Over-the-Wall Crew

Front-Tire Changer David Mayo, Byron, Ga.
Front-Tire Carrier Richard Coleman, Orlando, Fla.
Rear-Tire Changer Brian Eastland, New Bern, N.C.
Rear-Tire Carrier Blake Haugland, Mount Ayr, Iowa
Jackman David O’Dell, Springfield, Ill.
Gasman Matt Tyrell, Plantation, Fla.

 

Road Crew

President Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.
Crew Chief Chris Gayle, Little Rock, Ark.
Car Chief Todd Brewer, Manassas, Va.
Race Engineers James Small, Melbourne, Australia

Chris Yerges, Green Bay, Wis.

Engine Tuner David McClure, Carmichael, Calif.
Engine Builder Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Spotter Rick Carelli, Arvada, Colo.
Shock Specialist Alex Michie, Woodslee, Ontario, CANADA
Tire Specialist Scott Simmons, Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA
Front-end Mechanic John Furino, East Meadow, N.Y.
Underneath Mechanic Cesar Villanueva, Parsippany, N.J.
Floater Mechanic Henry Katzke, Wausau, Wis.
Transportation Mike Clementson, Cambridge, Md.

Jason Taggart, Castleton, Vt.

Dave Shano, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Behind the Wall Support Gene Cornwell, Rock Hill, S.C.
Coach Driver Henry Benfield, Taylorsville, N.C.
IT Support Eric Cragun, Pleasant View, Utah

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Late Race Crash Ends Erik Jones’ Day At Indy

Erik Jones
A four-car crash on the front straightaway ended Erik Jones’ and the No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota team’s day 10 laps from finish of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The early exit left the NASCAR Cup Series rookie with a 31st-place finish in his first series start at The Brickyard.

“I got under the 14 (Clint Bowyer) off of (Turn) 4 and there were some lapped cars in front of us,” said Jones. “I was almost at his door and wrecked me and him. It looks like the 41 (Kurt Busch) got into it somehow, so it’s just unfortunate. There’s just been a lot of stuff like that to us this year. It seemed like our Sport Clips Camry was fast, got better all day and we had a top-five car. Just didn’t get to see it all play out.’

It was the second consecutive early exit for Jones and the Furniture Row racing team after a cut tire and heavy contact with the outside retaining wall last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ended their day after just 40 laps.

“It’s been the story of our season. We’ve run well, run up front, just haven’t been able to close the races out whether it’s our own fault, bad luck or other circumstances. We know we can take a lot away from it.”

Jones took the green flag from the outside of Row 5 and dropped one spot in the running order before rain halted the proceedings after just 11 laps. Racing resumed after a one hour, 47 minute delay and the No. 77 Sport Clips Toyota was seventh when the field slowed on Lap 30 for the NASCAR-mandated competition caution.

After service on pit lane, Jones restarted 13th on Lap 35 and finished Stage 1 on Lap 50 in the 12th position.

A bold call by crew chief Chris Gayle kept Jones on the track when most of the leaders hit pit road during a caution on Lap 72. The move resulted in the No. 77 Toyota assuming the lead for the restart on Lap 76. Jones dropped to fourth by the end of Stage 2 on Lap 100 but picked up seven important championship points for doing so.

Jones was seventh when the final stage began on Lap 106. He ran as high as fourth (Lap 131) before pitting for fuel and tires during a green-flag stop on Lap 133. On a separate schedule due to staying on track during a caution earlier in the race, Jones returned to the action in 21st place and was running 17th when the wreck occurred on Lap 151.

The 21-year-old rookie is 17th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings after 20 races. He is three points behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 16th-place and 22 behind Ryan Newman for 15th place.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!