Erik Jones looks ahead before hopping back in the No.20 Toyota for tomorrow & this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
He’s aiming to keep up the great work with the aim of securing three Top 5s & four straight Top 10 runs.
His Martinsville Cup Series Record
Seven months ago isn’t a smooth ride when he came home in 17th from 13th, three laps down.
Even last year’s run during the Fall looked a lot daunting in 26th despite an excellent starting spot from 8th.
The best finish E.Jones finished in a Cup car at the Paper Clip is 12th during March last year.
And it’s the only time so far that he completed every lap in his Martinsville Cup debut race.
- Three Starts
- 1501 of 1505 Laps Completed, 99.7%
- Average Start: 12 & 18.3
His Martinsville Truck Series Record
Also, he made five more Truck Series starts in Martinsville with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
He did very well during his debut back in March 2013 has pulled off from 19th to 9th.
Despite starting in 4th later that year, the result may not be the same in 18th.
Though, he bounced back with a Top 5 & 10 earlier in 2014 at P4 from P15 before making another Top 5 & two straight Top 10s a year later during his championship-winning year in Trucks:
- 3rd, March 2015
- 10th, October 2015
- Five Starts
- 1164 of 1164 Laps Completed, 100%
- Two Laps Led
- Two Top 5, 40%
- Three Top 10, 80%
- Average Start: 10 & Finish: 8.8
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
It’s still unfinished business to make up lost time after he missed the Second Round of Playoffs after the opening leg.
Now, he’s back up his redemption by adding several consistent Top 10s over the last three races.
And to finish off last weekend in 4th conveys how he & the No.20 Team will look to add win No.2 ASAP.
Again, a fast race car will help Erik Jones execute better all-race around to have a better shot of going into victory lane.
It may not be the fastest last week.
But at least, the No.20 Toyota looks capable of pulling off the best points that he can grab possible.
Especially on just laps before the finish line, whenever other people make mistakes or a late yellow, he can strike it late out of nowhere & gain spots in the end.
So it’s a Top 5-7 quality car right now with decent equipment.
It has to continue even it’s on a short track like Martinsville where he hasn’t had a great Cup record there.
But it’s not a wrong track though regarding the atmosphere where the fans attend and cheer their respective drivers & teams throughout 500 overall laps on a race day Sunday.
Erik Jones will do everything he can to bring home another positive performance in front of these fans & end October with a bang.
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