Erik Jones has undoubtedly had lots of work to do after a disappointing weekend at the Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware.
His nightmare follows on from his wreck at Talladega and the 21-year old from Byron, Michigan is hoping to re-ignite that spark this Saturday at Kansas Speedway.
E. Jones started from 11th position as he’s feeling tight on the center & loose off but his lap times are unaffected.
However, he ran out of fuel with two laps left to re-fill gas before E. Jones finished in 26th at the end of Stage 1.
He’s still a lap down despite staying out on the track where he currently sits 21st, which is the lead position to get the lucky dog.
When that caution came out on Lap 155, E. Jones has granted his wish where he moved up as high as 16th towards the halfway point.
He feels that a lack of grip over the long track run is curbing his ability to climb up more spots within the Top 10.
That’s when E. Jones struggled to pass William Byron for the 15th spot & the free pass.
The momentum he struggled the entire time has stagnated a few positions down to P18 at the end of the race.
Yes, he has the lucky dog bubble in case another caution comes out before NASCAR officials call it over time.
But there’s no further crash or mechanical issue by someone raised on the track, so E. Jones can make those adjustments on pit road.
AAA Drive for Autism 400, Race Summary
- Start: 11th
- Middle: 19th
- Finish: 18th
- Highest Position: 10th
- Lowest Position: 26th
- Average Position: 17th
- Pass Difference: -3
- Green Flag Passes: 33, Times Passed: 36
- Quality Passes: 8, 24.2%
- Five Fastest Laps
- Top 15 Laps: 92, 23%
- Laps: 399/400
- Driver Rating: 69.1
It’s hard to juggle when it comes to pushing for the best time laps & stage points v saving fuel.
He risked it all with speed and didn’t work as he went to pit road for some fuel to get the No.20 revive again for Stage 2.
Just the lack of grip couldn’t do much to help E. Jones aggressively challenge the front-runners for the Top 10 spot which is the target he failed to complete two days ago.
He & the No.20 Toyota Camry might be out of the Playoff bubble for the time being.
But remember what he said on Twitter that he may have endured a terrible day at the office, but he’s not a quitter.
If he gives up too quickly, then E. Jones would’ve finished a lot worse than he ever expected.
Erik Jones has demonstrated more than just talent where he acquired One Top 5 from his best finish of 4th at Texas and Four overall Top 10s so far in 2018.
It emphasizes that E. Jones has plenty of time to analyze the pros and cons throughout this week before he has the confidence to bounce back on Saturday.
Erik Jones’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 11 Starts
- 3360 of 3635 laps completed, 92.4%
- 75 Laps led
- One Top 5, 9.1%
- Four Top 10 finishes, 36.4%
- Average Start: 10.1 & Finish: 17.1
- DNF: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Talladega).
- He sits 13th in the Drivers’ Standings with 253 points.
Erik Jones’s Kansas Cup Record
Though, be aware that his Cup record at Kansas isn’t that good.
The only time he posted his best result at Kansas is 22nd in the No.77 car for Furniture Row Racing 12 months ago.
Apart from that, the other two occasions back in May 2015 (40th) & October 2017 (35th) are unfortunate situations.
E. Jones has yet to score a Top 10 at Kansas in across the three national competitions of the sport.
It’s going to be difficult, but Erik Jones won’t indeed be a quitter to survive all of the wrecks & mechanical issues and finish with a fast race car before taking the day off on Sunday.
- Three Starts
- 706 of 801 laps completed, 88.1%
- Three Laps led
- Average Start: 16.7 & Finish: 32.3
- DNF: One, Crash (October 2017).
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