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Erik Jones looking to do better in his 2nd Cup start at Darlington after finishing 5th last year

Erik Jones will show off his throwback paint scheme this weekend in the No.20 Toyota Camry sponsored by Sport Clips Haircuts.

His choice of this design carries significance from his spotter Rick Carelli.

As a former racer, Carelli drove the No.6 Chevrolet C/K REMAX Truck full-time on the same paint scheme as we’re about to see with E. Jones from 1996 to 1999.

His Darlington Raceway Cup Record

Last year, Erik Jones made his Darlington debut in the No.77 Toyota Camry for Furniture Row Racing.

He started off from 10th before coming home to his first Top 5 & 10 finish in 5th.

So far, so right from the 22-year old from Byron, Michigan.

Summary

  • One Start
  • 367 of 367 Laps Completed, 100%
  • One Top 5 & 10, 100%
  • Average Start: 10 & Finish: 5

Any other series he competed at this track?

Erik Jones made two more starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series during his full-time year in 2016 & last year as a part-timer.

In his first time as a full-time rookie two years back, he came home in 6th from 10th.

A year later, he improved this time around into his 2nd Top 10 & first Top 5 in 4th.

Summary

  • Two Starts
  • 295 of 295 Laps Completed, 100%
  • One Top 5, 50%
  • Two Top 10, 100%
  • Average Start: 10.5 & Finish: 5

Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.

  • 24 Races
  • 6385 of 6662 laps completed, 95.8%
  • 88 Laps led
  • Highest Starting Spot: 4th, March 2018 in Fontana
  • Best Finish: 1st, July 2018 in Daytona
  • One Win, 4.2%
  • Five Top 5, 20.8%
  • 12 Top 10,50%
  • Average Start: 10.7 & Finish: 13.5
  • DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Talladega).
  • He sits 13th in the Drivers’ Standings with 635 points.

Results

  • 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
  • 5th, Pocono & Watkins Glen
  • 13th, Michigan 2
  • 5th, Bristol 2

Conclusion

Having returned to run last year’s XFINITY Series Darlington race as a regular Cup driver, his result during the Southern 500 the next day in Cup level has benefitted him.

The sufficient amount of extra preparation needed from the previous day has allowed Erik Jones to remain patient and know the layout better.

It paid off big time throughout that weekend of double duty.

Now this time as a one-time Cup race winner, he’s looking to build on the hard work done from where he finished 5th in Bristol two weeks ago.

More than 90% of the time, this No.20 Toyota Camry looked real fast.

It enabled Erik Jones to stay ahead of the game and wrap up with fantastic rewards in the Top 5.

He only needed that extra 10% of consistency ahead of him when it comes to battling for the front row.

Erik Jones was there at one point especially during restarts after yellow flags.

But the faster cars like the Stewart-Haas Fords & sometimes the Chip Ganassi or Hendrick Chevrolets held him back.

It’s one of those teams E. Jones wanted to keep an eye on and arrest them out of his position as long as he can this Sunday.

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References

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