Erik Jones Hopes For Some Redemption In The ISM Connect 300 At Louden

Erik Jones
Erik Jones and the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota team look to Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 to make up for an early exit the last time they were at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Jones had qualified sixth for the July 16 NASCAR Cup Series race on the flat 1-mile oval but a cut tire and heavy contact with the outside retaining wall ended their day after just 40 laps of competition. The team had to settle for a 39th-place finish.

“The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was a top-10 car for sure the last time we were at New Hampshire so I feel pretty confident we’ll have the same, or better, this week,” said Jones. “We were just starting to hit our stride at that time and we’ve come a long way since then.”

Jones is 19th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings after 27 races. He trails Clint Bowyer for 18th by 30 points. Jones continues to lead the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with 246 points, 13 ahead of Daniel Suarez (233) and 66 ahead of Ty Dillon (180).

“Our only focus now is winning races,” Jones said. “It’s pretty much been that way for the past couple of months but even more so since we didn’t make the playoffs. The rookie of the year battle is still a goal for our Furniture Row Racing team but winning a race is what we’re after. This year has been much more of a learning year than I ever would have expected, more than any year that I’ve run full time in a series in my whole career.

“I knew it would be a big step up but not to this extent. I felt comfortable in the Camping World Truck Series after three or four races and in the XFINITY Series after five or six races. In Cup, I still feel like I’m learning so much every week. I have a much greater sense now of how much more it takes to be competitive and successful at this level. I used to just show up and run well with a good car. Now I’m learning more about how to prepare myself for a weekend, learning about the race cars and figuring out how to be on top of my game.”

The 300-lap, 300-mile ISM Connect 300 will consist of three stages of 75/75/150 laps (75/150/300).

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
24 8/19 Bristol 1 2 500/500 260 Running 50 15
25 9/3 Darlington 10 5 367/367 0 Running 37 14
26 9/9 Richmond 10 6 404/404 0 Running 43 18
27 9/17 Chicago 24 33 259/267 0 Running 4 19
TOTALS/AVG. 14.9 16.6 6863/7671 310 658

 

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

Jeffrey Barber, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

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!

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