Erik Jones and the No.20 Joe Gibbs Racing crew are looking forward to tackling both left & right corners once again.
This time it’s the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new Roval course in Concord, North Carolina.
It’s all eyes on him producing his very best when he returns inside the No.20 Toyota tomorrow from Practice.
His Charlotte Motor Speedway Record
Well, the last two of his appearances in Concord isn’t good having stuck closer to the Top 20.
Six months back, he may have started from the second row in 4th place.
But his finish ended out poorly on his worst Charlotte Cup result in 19th, One Lap down.
The same say so during the previous fall race nearly a year ago in 17th from 38th.
And the only time he ever scored a Top 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the 2017 Coca-Cola 600 in 7th from 5th.
Nothing else with not much progress made ever since.
Although, he does two Top 5s regarding starting spots between back to back Cola-Cola 600s.
- Three Starts
- 1136 of 1137 Laps Completed, 99.9%
- One Top 10, 33.3%
- Average Start: 15.7 & Finish: 14.3
- DNF: Zero
His Road Course Record so far in 2018.
At least, there are some positive about his stints in the road course scene.
He came home in 7th from a mid-pack 20th at Sonoma three months ago.
Fast forward to the start of last month; he improved this time around in 5th from 9th at Watkins Glen.
Overall, E. Jones returns to CLT with One Top 5 & Two Top 10s in the bag regarding road courses.
Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 28 Races
- 7459 of 7861 laps completed, 94.6%
- 88 Laps led
- One Win, 3.6%
- Six Top 5, 21.4%
- 14 Top 10, 50%
- Average Start: 10.2 & Finish: 13.7
- DNFs: Three, Crash (Daytona 500, Talladega & Las Vegas 2).
- He sits 15th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2039 points.
- 36th, Daytona 500
- 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
- 8th, Darlington
- 2nd, Indianapolis
- 40th, Las Vegas 2
- 11th, Richmond 2
You have to feel sorry for what happened in Las Vegas where he didn’t have the best Playoff start he’s after.
A crash did hold him back very dearly.
Finishing 11th in Richmond last week may have felt a sign of recovery thanks to the late yellow.
But for the most part, he struggled to keep ahead of the pack with an unbalanced race car.
Though, let’s move on and think about this now.
Erik Jones made significant progress in 2018 where he filled-in the No.20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Before he replaced Matt Kenseth, JGR loaned him to Furniture Row Racing for one year.
The skills and on-hands experienced benefitted him massively having scored a couple of Top 5 & 10s last season.
And that’s why JGR felt it’s the right time to give him a go in one of these winning race cars.
Since then, he won a race two months ago at Daytona during the Coke Zero 400.
If not, he would’ve battled even hard to retain his First Round spot.
He will do his best to make up lost time
You can try and talk about Erik Jones not making it to the Round of 12 all you like.
But That Jones Boy is a very busy man stepping up in his game to ensure that he gets:
- The Maximum Points possible including Stages 1 & 2 because it represents a minor boost towards future Playoff rounds
- No mistakes by his Team on Pit Road
- Giving in-depth feedback to Chris Gayle & Rick Carelli
- And with the right game plan and race car, he will execute and top the weekend off as high as he can regardless of his starting spot
All of the above expectations that Erik Jones meets does help gather plenty of momentum moving forward.
They needed to ignore the distractions that affect around him and produce the best he can.
It’s one of the reasons why we don’t discuss his hopes of advancing into the Round of 12 too much.
Just get through all sessions safe and sound, then defy the odds.
As long as he remains patient and not suffer any wrecks or mechanical issues, he’ll be all good by Sunday Night.
Erik Jones has still got to offer plenty of potential inside the No.20 Toyota as its time that he will get rid of the “one-win wonder” tag.
Instead, he will try to follow his “The Big Three” teammate Kyle Busch & secure regular front row finishes here and there.
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