Erik Jones Previews The GEICO 500

Erik Jones

No. 20 STANLEY Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY: This weekend Erik Jones will make his fifth start at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. In his previous four starts, Jones best finish is eighth in the fall 2018 race. Jones also has starts in both the Xfinity Series and Truck Series where his best finishes are fifth and fourth respectively.

·        JGR AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 131 total starts at Talladega Superspeedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned four wins, 33 top-five finishes, 51 top-10 finishes and one pole starting position. The team has led 1,265 laps, completed 23,531 of 24,787 attempted laps (94.9%) and earned an average start of 16.2 and an average finish of 17.5. Four different drivers have won at the track for JGR, starting with Bobby Labonte in 1998 followed by Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart in 2008 and most recently, Denny Hamlin in 2014.

·        THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week, STANLEY will appear on the No. 20 Toyota Camry for their first race of the season with Jones. 

·        RICHMOND RECAP: Starting the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway from the 35th position, Jones was able to race his way in to the top 10 early in the race before finishing 14th in the No. 20 Camry.

·        RACE INFO: The Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, 2019. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Talladega Superspeedway:

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Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to Talladega. It’s a place where going in to the weekend everyone knows they have a shot to win. It’s a wild race, but it’s an opportunity to knock out a win. Hopefully we can go there, stay out of trouble and be able to get our first win of the season with our STANLEY Camry. It’s always been a fun race and a fun weekend and it’s always cool to see the fan turn out that we get at Talladega, so hopefully we put on a good show.

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “We are itching to get to Talladega and see how the new rules package and larger engines (than previous superspeedway events) draft and race this weekend. The teams have not had any testing with the exact package we’re racing at the larger tracks (Daytona / Talladega) yet, so it’ll be very interesting to see how the closing rates have changed, how the cars draft with one another, the effect on fuel mileage compared to a normal intermediate track event. It will also be interesting to see how the overall speed will compare with previous superspeedway events at Talladega. Hopefully we’ve done our homework well and we can come out of the box strong with the new rules package at Talladega.”


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