Erik Jones Preps For Martinsville

Christopher Bell

No. 20 Good to be Genuine/Parts & Service Toyota Camry News and Notes:

· JONES AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his seventh Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday night for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. In his previous six starts at the Virginia short track, Jones has a best finish of 12th during his first Cup Series appearance at the track during his rookie season in 2017. In addition to his Cup Series starts, Jones has five Truck Series starts at the track, including his first-career NASCAR start in 2013 when he was just 16 years old. Of those five starts, his best finish is third in 2015.

· JGR AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 138 total starts at Martinsville Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 11 wins, 49 top-five finishes, 75 top-10 finishes and 10 pole starting positions. The team has led 5,386 laps, completed 66,943 of 68,978 attempted laps (97.0%) and earned an average start of 12.9 and an average finish of 12.9. Denny Hamlin leads the team with five wins followed by Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch with two wins each and Bobby Labonte and Martin Truex Jr. with one win each.

· THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville Speedway, the No. 20 Camry will support the Toyota Parts & Service department with the Good to be Genuine/Parts & Service Toyota Camry.

· STARTING POSITION: Jones and the No. 20 team will roll off from the 13th starting position for the race on Wednesday night at Martinsville Speedway.

· POINTS UPDATE: Jones and the No. 20 Toyota team currently sit 16th in the Cup Series point standings, 181 points out of 1st.

· ATLANTA RECAP: Jones started the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway from the 14th position and made his way in to the top 10 early in the race, making routine pit stops and adjusting on the No. 20 Camry to improve the handling. Unfortunately, Jones was involved in an on-track incident late in stage two that cut a tire and forced Jones to pit road for repairs. With the race continuing under a long green-flag run, Jones was unable to get back on the lead lap and finished the race in the 28th position.

· RACE INFO: The Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Martinsville has been kind of a challenging track for us, but I think the last few times we’ve been there we’ve actually been pretty decent, just haven’t got the results we’ve wanted. That’s kind of been our struggle this year, we’ve had pretty fast cars and just had some things not go our way. We’ve had some parts failures, I’ve made some mistakes and we haven’t gotten the finishes we deserve. I think we’ve been in position to win one or maybe two with Darlington and Charlotte and haven’t had things go quite the way we needed them too. Hopefully we can get things cleaned up. Having the speed is what really matters and I think this is the fastest and most consistently fast we’ve been ever in my Cup career and just haven’t had the results or things go the way we needed. Hopefully Martinsville can be the turnaround for that. I feel like I’ve improved there a little bit every year. It’s definitely been my toughest track on the schedule, but I’m excited to get there and see what it’s all about and hopefully get the season headed in the direction we should be and get better results and get ourselves up towards the front.”


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