Erik Jones are praying both a reliable race car and survival towards the checkered flag when he resumes work in Michigan today.
It’s been a devastating two weeks for E. Jones and the No.20 crew in some events.
- When Kasey Kahne yanked E. Jones’s air gun towards the final stage restart in Charlotte.
- Contact with Joey Logano at Pocono into the wall with only ten laps left of the race.
Now E. Jones wanted to repay the price by moving on from those encounters & make his hometown race in Michigan a fortress this Sunday.
Pocono Race Recap
He didn’t have a solid qualifying run from Friday where he started off from 25th.
E. Jones did see some gains in the No.20 car as he came home 15th at the end of Stage 1.
A Top 15 run has allowed E. Jones to build a robust platform towards the next stanza.
That led his No.20 Toyota Camry to move up a few spots up to 12th behind his Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Denny Hamlin before Stage 3.
Although he fell a few spots when Stage 3 got underway, E. Jones did stay in contention by surviving two incident cautions within the Top 15 bubble.
The No.20 Toyota Camry was set to flow for another decent finish towards the checkered flag.
However, his hopes of securing a positive outlook have gone upside down.
That’s where Joey Logano pushed the right rear bumper of E. Jones’ No.20 car before forcing hard onto the wall.
It left a terrible ending with right rear damage for E. Jones while Logano escaped the scene with minor scratches.
There’s not much nice to say from Erik Jones about that crash where he finished in a disappointing 29th.
Pocono Green 400 Loop Data Statistics
- Start: 25th
- Middle: 15th
- Finish: 29th
- Highest Position: 5th
- Lowest Position: 29th
- Average Position: 16th
- Pass Difference: 12
- Green Flag Passes: 88, Times Passed: 76
- Quality Passes: 36, 40.9%
- 100 Top 15 Laps, 62.5%
- Total Laps: 159/160
- Driver Rating: 72.2
Erik Jones’ Michigan Cup Record
E. Jones has raced both Michigan Cup Series races during his rookie year in 2017 with Furniture Row Racing.
On his debut 12 months ago, E. Jones started off from 14th before finishing off one place higher in P13.
Moving forward two months later, He found his magic where he produced a fantastic qualifying performance in 8th.
Then E. Jones built off a stable platform from the practice & qualifying sessions before rounding out 3rd in front of his hometown crowd.
- Two Starts
- 402 of 402 Laps Completed, 100%
- Five Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 8th, August 2017
- Best Finish: 3rd, August 2017
- One Top 5 & 10 finish, 50%
- Average Start: 11 & Finish: 8
- DNFs: Zero
- Average Driver Rating: 98.4
Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 14 Races
- 4185 of 4462 laps completed, 93.8%
- 75 Laps led
- Highest Starting Spot: 4th, March 2018 in Fontana
- Best Finish: 4th, April 2018 in Texas
- One Top 5, 7.1%
- Five Top 10s, 35,7%
- Average Start: 10.9 & Finish: 17.4
- DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Talladega).
- He sits 14th in the Drivers’ Standings with 322 points.
- 36th, Daytona
- 11th, Atlanta
- 8th, Las Vegas
- 9th, Phoenix
- 7th, Fontana
- 17th, Martinsville
- 4th, Fort Worth
- 26th, Bristol
- 13th, Richmond
- 39th, Talladega
- 18th, Dover
- 7th, Kansas
- 19th, Charlotte
- 29th, Pocono
It’s a shame that Erik Jones has to suffer an unexpected finish for two weeks in a row.
First up, Kasey Kahne snapping the air gun on his pit stall in Charlotte two weeks ago saw E. Jones finish in 19th.
Then contact with Joey Logano while nearly reaching full race distance has come crashing at Pocono.
It could’ve been an excellent opportunity should these incidents didn’t happen, E. Jones would’ve instead swooped up two Top 10 finishes.
E. Jones and the No.20 crew aren’t giving up as they’re heading to his hometown in Michigan where work resumes today.
Yes, they’ve got the No.20 Toyota Camry all firing up for practice and qualifying.
Once both sessions are ticked off, then they want to build up a perfect foundation for getting the car up to speed & avoid each wreck this Sunday.
The mid-season break starts off for only the entire next week apart from the XFINITY & Truck Series drivers.
What Erik Jones want to make sure is stamp up another solid run & possibly throw his contention to win in front of his hometown crowd.
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