Texas Has Been A Really Good Track For Erik Jones

Christopher Bell

No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry News and Notes:

· JONES AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones has seven previous Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway with three top-five and five top-10 finishes. He has led 103 laps and finished fourth on three different occasions with three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes. In the Xfinity Series, Jones has six starts with three wins and six top-four finishes and has led 368 laps. In the Truck Series, Jones has three starts with one win and has led 185 laps.

· JGR AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 116 total starts at Texas Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned eight wins, 31 top-five finishes, 53 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 2,000 laps, completed 37,354 of 38,664 attempted laps (96.6%) and earned an average start of 14.8 and an average finish of 14.7. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin each have three wins for the team with Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards each earning one win for JGR in Cup Series competition.

· THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, Jones will carry the red and black CRAFTSMAN paint scheme. CRAFTSMAN is in the process of building their first plant in Fort Worth, Texas with plans to open in 2021. The plant will manufacture a range of mechanics tools that incorporate the latest manufacturing technologies to optimize productivity and improve sustainability. As part of their dedication to the community they’re also making a $100,000 donation to three local charities and will be including a pallet of hand sanitizer that will get distributed to people in need. CRAFTSMAN will donate $25,000 to the North Texas Food Bank, $25,000 to Tarrant Area Food Bank and $50,000 to Get Shift Done Houston. Each charity will be represented on the decklid of the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry for the race at Texas Motor Speedway.

· POINTS UPDATE: Jones and the No. 20 Toyota team dropped one position following their 22nd-place finish at Kentucky Speedway. Jones now sits 18th in the Cup Series point standings.

· ALL-STAR RACE RECAP: Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team started the All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway from the 16th position and quickly made their way to the top 10. Following their pit stop during the stage one break, Jones was penalized for a crew member over the wall too soon and was forced to drop from his fourth-place position to the back of the field in the 20th position. Battling back for position, Jones lost the handling of the No. 20 Camry and finished the race with an 11th-place finish.

· RACE INFO: The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Texas has been a really good track for us. I’m excited to get back there again. Last year in the Spring race we had a good chance to win, but had a strategy that didn’t quite play out to our favor and ended up running fourth. It’s been a great track, been close to a lot of wins in the Cup Series and won a few races there in Xfinity and trucks. Hopefully we can go there and finally close out a Cup Series win at the track.”


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