Erik Jones Looks Forward To Fontana

Erik Jones

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY: For the final race of NASCAR’s “West Coast Swing,” Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team head to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Jones has two previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track earning his best finish last season with a seventh-place finish. Jones also has three starts at the track in the Xfinity Series earning one pole and two top-five finishes with a best finish of third in 2015.

·        JGR AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 81 total starts at Auto Club Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned two wins, 18 top-five finishes, 34 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 938 laps, completed 17,773 of 18,584 attempted laps (95.6%) and earned an average start of 14.0 and an average finish of 16.3. Kyle Busch earned the only two wins for JGR in the Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway in 2013 and 2014. 

·        THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This weekend the No. 20 Toyota Camry will carry CRAFTSMAN for the first time this season. This is the second year the iconic brand will appear on the No. 20 Camry.

·        PHOENIX RECAP: Rolling off from the 10th position at ISM Raceway, Jones was running strong before reporting a vibration on lap 25. Unfortunately, Jones spun on lap 38 to bring out the first caution and made his way to pit road with a tire issue. Jones lost several laps on pit road, falling to 36th. With the No. 20 Camry repaired, Jones and the team focused on making laps and learning for their next trip to ISM Raceway later this season. Jones was scored with a 29th-place finish.

·        RACE INFO: The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Auto Club Speedway:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
2001009.09.5

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
40120017.813.0

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
7911534241012.715.7

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “This is a place that Erik has run really well the last two years in the Cup Series. A little surprisingly to me overall. Fontana is a unique, large track that is super abrasive, so I guess since it’s so unique I didn’t really expect Erik to take to it as quickly as he has. We’ve had top-10 or top-five cars in both events in Fontana so far, so it’ll really be nice to get back on the top-five track after such a disappointing race in Phoenix. The teams are starting to become more familiar with the new rules package and how we need to adjust the cars, so this should help us make better decisions and unload a little closer for Fontana. It’s going to be interesting to see how the race and restarts play out at such a big race track where the competitors can truly run multiple lanes and be fast. Restarts should be exciting for sure!”

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

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