Erik Jones and the No.20 Crew are returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend to end their 10 Days of Thunder on a high note.
He was close to securing a Monster Energy Open win last weekend in Stages One and Three.
But, not leading any laps & the No.20 Toyota Camry at times gone loose hurt his momentum of advancing to the All-Star Race.
Monster Energy Open Race Recap
He started the qualifying race out from 2nd.
E. Jones drafted Aric Almirola during the first 20 Laps of Stage 1 trying to pass him for the lead.
However, he began reporting to team radio about the No.20 Toyota Camry going loose.
The car began to become accurate through the cornering which helped E. Jones return to the front-row to try and force himself into the Main Event.
But, that last minute swoop became too little, too late as E. Jones finished 2nd behind Alex Bowman in Stage 1.
He took the wave around during the stage break while everyone pitted for adjustments on pit road.
But that gamble didn’t pay off as Erik Jones’s car began to feel tight & caused him to finish 8th at the end of Stage 2.
E. Jones chose to pit this time for one last shot to advance through to the Main All-Star Event.
It’s incredible that latest solid pit stop revived his hopes of a breakthrough Monster Energy Open victory.
But that momentum from AJ Allmendinger and Chase Elliott shut down E. Jones’s chances of competing in the Main Event.
And 2nd plus failure to win the fan vote is not good enough for him to secure the All-Star Race spot.
Erik Jones’s All-Star Race Record
- Two Appearances in the Monster Energy Open
- 97 of 100 Laps Completed
- Best Starting Spot: 2nd in 2018
- Highest Finish: 2nd in 2018
- One Top 5 & 10 Finish
- DNF: One, Crash (19th in 2017)
Erik Jones’s Charlotte Motor Speedway Cup Record
He has made two event appearances throughout 2017 during his rookie Cup season with Furniture Row Racing.
During his debut in Concord, North Carolina, Erik Jones started out from 5th before he came home in 7th.
That’s his best finish and only Top 10 finish so far at this track.
Seven months ago, E. Jones came all the way from a lowly 38th to a respectable 17th position.
He could’ve achieved a bit better if E. Jones finished closer towards the Top 10 mark.
But, that’s a long way to climb from the very back row to the mid-battle pack inside the Top 20.
- 2 Races
- 737 of 737 Laps Completed, 100%
- Highest Starting Spot: 5th, May 2017
- Best Finish: 7th, May 2017
- One Top 10 finish, 50%
- Average Start: 21.5 & Finish: 12
- Average Driver Rating: 75.8
Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 12 Races
- 3627 of 3902 laps completed, 93%
- 75 Laps led
- Highest Starting Spot: 4th, March 2018 in Fontana
- Best Finish: 4th, April 2018 in Texas
- One Top 5, 8.3%
- Five Top 10s, 41.7%
- Average Start: 10.2 & Finish: 16.2
- DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Talladega).
- He sits 13th in the Drivers’ Standings with 285 points.
It’s unlucky not to see Erik Jones and the No.20 Toyota Camry follow Daniel Suarez for the path in the Main All-Star race.
He had a great car where E. Jones posted excellent lap times to try and close the gap to the leader.
But finishing out in 2nd unless he wins via fan vote isn’t what they’re expecting to see.
Though, great effort from E. Jones and the No.20 pit crew especially that fast pit stop before the final stage has put him back on the front row.
Maybe if the No.20 Toyota Camry’s cornering is less loose, then that would’ve helped E. Jones at least of blocking the front runners & win one of the Open stages.
Erik Jones & the No.20 crew will analyze what went right and wrong from Monster Energy Open last weekend.
Then he will seek his sixth Top 10 and 2nd Top 5 of 2018 when the Coca-Cola 600 resumes this Sunday Night at 5.30 PM ET LIVE on FOX.
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