Following a fantastic qualifying run, Erik Jones began the Hollywood Casino 400 in 6th.
In his initial run, E. Jones remained quietly in the radio with no problems.
So far, so good.
He made his first green-flag stop on Lap 38 before coming back out & wrap up the first installment in 8th.
Thanks to the William Byron incident on Lap 55, he did capitalize on the restart very well where he picked up three stage points.
He did respond well by returning in the Top 10 at P9 from 15th at the restart after the break.
Again, the No.20 Toyota looks excellent most of the time before finishing in 7th with more extra rewards:
Four Stage Points in Stage 2 alone
Seven Points combined so far based on Stage 1 & 2 Top 10 runs
The only exception he put down a cross mark throughout this stage that only the front end’s just loose.
With 100 laps left, E. Jones felt something uncomfortable where his tires are chattering on the initial run.
Though, most of the No.20 Toyota’s strength saw him remain inside the Top 10.
After his final stop midway through Stage 3, Erik Jones vowed to give his all towards the end of the race.
And the results did pay off thanks to his successful late race execution.
He moved up to 6th with under 40 to go before steering his No.20 Toyota home in 4th.
Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 32 Races
- 8431 of 8834 laps completed, 95.4%
- 88 Laps led
- One Win, 3.1%
- Eight Top 5, 25%
- 17 Top 10, 53.1%
- Average Start: 10.5 & Finish: 13.4
- DNFs: Three, Crash (Daytona 500, Talladega & Las Vegas 2).
- He sits 14th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2148 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
- 30th, Charlotte Roval
- 4th, Dover 2
- 8th, Talladega 2
- 4th, Kansas 2
He now scored Three consecutive Top 10s plus Two Top 5 in the last three races.
Regarding his Kansas Cup Record, he finished off in Missouri with Two straight Top 10s this year.
Plus after he came home in 4th, that’s his best Kansas Cup finish.
Overall, well done on producing another fantastic performance.
He & the No.20 Joe Gibbs Racing Team stuck down where they work on the positives & negatives all race long.
Yes, some or little of the time, the No.20 car may be tight or loose.
But the crew can identify that and replace that with an appropriate adjustment at the right time.
Plus with better momentum running mostly under green, it didn’t ruin his gameplan too.
All he did is keeping his faith in a fast race car which is great for any driver to build consistent progress every week.
Posting Top 5 lap times on every session in hand does give him better chances to stump up fantastic finishes.
And today’s performance has justified that Erik Jones is ready to win another race this year.
Well, Chase Elliott won his first at Watkins Glen back in early August.
Then throughout this month, he won two more races at Dover & Kansas.
With significant progress moving forward for Erik Jones, there should be plenty of reasons why he can win more races.
It’s still possible with four races to go in 2018 as he’s one of the best drivers outside the Playoffs.
If he were in that group through the Round of 12, then he would’ve easily made it to the Round of 8 and even the Championship 4.
For now, he & the No.20 Team deserves to celebrate before returning to work at the Joe Gibbs Racing HQ next week.
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