Erik Jones Seems To Run Well At Kansas

Christopher Bell

No. 20 Reser’s “Thanks Employees” Toyota Camry News and Notes:

· JONES AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his eighth-career Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway when he takes the green flag Thursday night for the Super Start Batteries 400. In his previous seven starts at the 1.5-mile track, Jones has a career-best finish of third in the Spring 2019 race. Jones also has starts in the Xfinity and Truck Series. In the Xfinity Series, Jones has two starts and dominated the 2017 race, leading 186 of 200 laps before finishing 15th. Similar to the Xfinity Series, Jones dominated the 2015 Truck Series race leading 151 of 167 laps before finishing 11th. Kansas marks the place of Jones first-career Cup Series start from when he filled in for the injured Kyle Busch in 2015. During his Series debut, Jones started the race from the 12th position, led one lap and was poised for a strong finish before a late-race incident ended his day in the No. 18 Camry with a 40th-place finish.

· JGR AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 91 total starts at Kansas Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned five wins, 22 top-five finishes, 36 top-10 finishes and two pole starting positions. The team has led 1,083 laps, completed 23,220 of 24,205 attempted laps (95.9 %) and earned an average start of 12.7 and an average finish of 16.2. Denny Hamlin leads the team with two wins followed by Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch with one win each at the 1.5-mile track.

· THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway, Reser’s returns to the No. 20 Camry. With Reser’s essential employees working hard during the pandemic to continue providing affordably priced, family favorite foods to their loyal customers, Jones will honor the more than 4,500 employees with a special “Thanks Employees” message on the No. 20 Camry. Several of Reser’s 14 North America facilities are located in Topeka, Kansas.


o Original Potato Salad – This best-selling potato salad is a tasty blend of diced Russets, chopped celery and onions, with crisp sweet pickles, in a classic mayonnaise dressing.

o Macaroni Salad – Made with perfectly plump elbow macaroni and a sweet-tart mayonnaise dressing, this deli favorite is finished with crisp celery, fresh red bell peppers, and crunchy sweet pickles.

o Garden Pasta Salad – The newest member of the Reser’s deli salad family, this vinaigrette-dressed salad is a delicious combination of mini penne pasta, carrots, red bell peppers, and Italian cheeses.

Reser’s American Classics deli salads are available in Kansas and Missouri at Price Chopper, Dillons, Save-A-Lot, Consentino’s, Moser’s, Prenger Foods, C&R Markets and Woods Supermarket.

· POINTS UPDATE: Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team gained valuable points at Texas Motor Speedway with their sixth-place finish, but remain 18th in the Cup Series point standings.

· TEXAS RECAP: Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team started the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway from the 23rd position and made their way in to the top 10 early in stage one. The team made adjustments throughout the race to keep up with changing track conditions and improve the handling of the No. 20 Camry. With long green-flag runs, Jones was able to cycle to the lead on two different occasions and ran most of the 334-lap race in the top 10 before earning a solid sixth-place finish.

· RACE INFO: The Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2020. Coverage of the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Driver’s Seat: Erik Jones

Does the run at Texas give you momentum heading to Kansas?

“I hope so. I like Kansas a lot and we’ve run really well there in the past and had a shot to win there last year. Hopefully, we can go back and do the same thing. I feel like we’ve had good speed there each time we’ve gone. Especially in the night races there so looking forward to that. I think our cars have been right there if we can hit it right on the first run of the race. We just have to keep unloading well and starting the race close and I think we’ll have a shot at it.”

How difficult was the heat at Texas and how difficult are the quick race turnarounds this week from Bristol to Texas and then Kansas Thursday night for recovery?

“It’s kind of right on the limit. I usually take at least four days before the race is when I start hydrating so it’s going to be close. I know I did sweat a lot today and feel like I lost a lot of water weight. I feel dehydrated for sure. Going to take some time to get back from this one. It was obviously hot. It didn’t feel too bad in the car, but I know that I was losing a lot of water. Kansas hopefully will be a little bit cooler, that would be convenient for us, but it’s definitely been tough with the quick turnarounds of these last few races.”


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