Erik Jones looked satisfied with his qualifying run as he sought to build on his Daytona win last night at Kentucky.
Though, it’s an up and down race in his run from Stage 1 to 3.
But can Erik Jones capitalize enough time available to help recover to a respectable finish?
Let’s find out.
Erik Jones started in the front row alongside polesitter & eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr.
But as his No.20 car feeling a lot tight, E. Jones began to lose places down in 11th at the end of Stage 1.
His inconsistent run continued to persist when E. Jones reported a vibration earlier in Stage 2.
It may be a driveshaft issue as far as he’s concerned over team radio.
But when the first incident caution came out, the No.20 crew inspected the car & rectified the issue.
From there, E. Jones’s car began to slowly flow as expected when he bounced back from 14th to 9th towards the halfway point.
He remained battling inside the Top 10 with no problems at all on pit road & the car itself as he finished 7th at Kentucky.
Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 19 Races
- 5130 of 5407 laps completed, 94.9%
- 77 Laps led
- Highest Starting Spot: 4th, March 2018 in Fontana
- Best Finish: 1st, July 2018 in Daytona
- One Win, 5.3%
- Two Top 5, 10.5%
- Nine Top 10s, 47.4%
- Average Start: 11.6 & Finish: 14.7
- DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Talladega).
- He sits 13th in the Drivers’ Standings with 480 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
- 15th, Michigan
- 7th, Sonoma
- 6th, Chicagoland
- 1st, Daytona 2
- 7th, Kentucky
Erik Jones would’ve liked to finish a bit better inside the Top 5 has the car not suffer any issues at all.
At one point, it looked like his night would’ve gone under threat if the race continued under green & not see Alex Bowman crash.
Instead, Bowman’s early exit cleared Erik Jones’s mind to identify what went right & wrong during the previous stage.
The No.20 crew ordered the right tools to ensure that E. Jones gets the appropriate treatment as possible so he can end the night on a high.
And that proved possible to turn his race around positively into a reality.
At least he picked the maximum points possible including bonus points for his upcoming Playoffs bid after his shock win at Daytona last week.
For now, he will have today off before returning to the Joe Gibbs Racing race shop next week.
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