Erik Jones Prepared For Dover On Several Fronts

Erik Jones

Erik Jones logged time this week in both the driver’s seat and the barber chair in preparation for this week’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

The majority of the preparation for the driver of Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 SiriusXM Toyota came by way of his participation in a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

“You know I think Dover is just a bigger Bristol in a way,” said Jones. “So there’s similar handling characteristics, similar things you fight. Hopefully, we can take some things we learned up there (to Dover). We didn’t really get to try a lot setup wise. Maybe there were some things that we learned along the way that will apply over to it.”

At Dover in June, Jones lined up the No. 77 Toyota in sixth place for the overtime restart but was collected in a multicar crash on the final lap. The team settled for a 15th-place finish.

“We learned a lot from the Dover race in June about what we need to do to be a little bit better this weekend,” said Jones. “We had probably a top-7 car but got caught up in a wreck there at the end. Dover is a track I really like and am comfortable at so we just need to keep the momentum rolling.

“We’ve had a lot of good weeks the past couple of months so hopefully we can run in the top five all day and keep that trend doing. Eventually, one of these races is going to work into our hands.”

Jones is 19th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings after 28 races. He trails Joey Logano for 17th place by 16 points. Jones continues to lead the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with 253 points, 16 ahead of Daniel Suarez (237) and 72 ahead of Ty Dillon (181).

Jones also took time this week to get his hair cut, ending the era of his mullet hairdo which had taken on a popularity of its own since getting it cut it into the style on his 21st birthday in May.

“It was hot, got really long and I just honestly got tired of it every day when I was getting up in the morning,” said Jones. “I was just ready to go back. I was done with it. I had my fun but it was over.”

The 400-lap, 400-mile Apache Warrior 400 will consist of three stages of 120/120/160 laps (120/240/400).

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
28 9/24 New Hampshire 8 6 300/300 0 Running 45 19
TOTALS/AVG. 14.7 16.2 7163/7971 310 703

 

 

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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