After a disappointing half-field run, Erik Jones is hopeful that the lessons he learned at New Hampshire will help him bounce back at Pocono.
He’s now after his third Top 5 & tenth Top 10 of 2018 when he resumes work in the No.20 Toyota Camry this Friday for Joe Gibbs Racing.
He started off from a comfortable 7th following his excellent qualifying performance.
But with the No.20’s car throttle feeling shaky & struggling to get past a few cars, Erik Jones had to settle 20th in Stage 1.
Erik Jones ran Stage 2 with not much movement despite passing William Byron in 16th.
With the caution came out on Lap 246, Erik Jones hoped for a late yellow flag in the hope of returning into the Top 10 as he stayed out on track.
But the race continued problem-free; the news didn’t look any great when he finished 16th.
2018 Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 Loop Data Statistics
- Start: 7th
- Middle & Finish: 16th
- Highest Position: 5th
- Lowest Run: 26th
- Average Spot: 16th
- Pass Difference: -1
- Green Flag Passes: 75, Times Passed: 76
- Quality Passes: 25, 33.3%
- Fastest Lap: 2
- Top 15 Laps: 55, 18.3%
- Total Laps: 301/301
- Driver Rating: 71.1
His Recent Pocono Raceway performances
12 months ago, Erik Jones started off from 9th as he led four laps en route to his 8th place finish.
That’s his second Top 10 Pocono Cup run alongside his best performance of 3rd 13 months ago.
Looking back at his most recent appearance one month ago, it didn’t look great at all where he started 25th & came home 29th with one lap down.
- Three Starts
- 479 of 480 Laps Completed, 99.8%
- 24 Laps Led
- One Top 5, 33.3%
- Two Top 10, 66.7%
- Average Start: 16.3 & Finish: 13.3
- DNF: Zero
- Average Driver Rating: 95
Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 20 Races
- 5431 of 5708 laps completed, 95.1%
- 77 Laps led
- Highest Starting Spot: 4th, March 2018 in Fontana
- Best Finish: 1st, July 2018 in Daytona
- One Win, 5%
- Two Top 5, 10%
- Nine Top 10, 45%
- Average Start: 11.3 & Finish: 14.8
- DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Talladega).
- He sits 14th in the Drivers’ Standings with 501 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
- 16th, New Hampshire
It’s a shame that the No.20 car didn’t have the full speed as he felt a lot tight throughout the race.
That didn’t help Erik Jones gain a lot of spots and only did the best he can to retain his position.
As he said via his Twitter account that New Hampshire isn’t the weekend he wanted to see out.
However, he’s learned heaps of feedback from that run into Pocono.
The practice and qualifying runs should be okay as Erik Jones seeks another Top 10 start which is a positive foundation to start from scratch.
Then the No.20 crew will look at optimizing the setup of E. Jones’s car in time for race day,
So that way, he can try to get the best out of his short & long run speed en route for possible bonus stage points & an overall decisive finish.
Let’s see if his performance at Pocono this Sunday can match his best finish if not better than his 3rd place run at the 2.5-mile tri-oval 13 months ago.
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