After a decent qualifying run, Erik Jones rolled off the line in 7th during the start of the Ford Ecoboost 400.
Despite losing a spot, he’s able to maintain his Top 10 position in 8th over the first half of this opening installment.
Having pitted under green at around Lap 40-45, E. Jones’s feedback remained intact.
Although, he did regain a spot late to seal 8th with four bonus points.
He pitted for some significant adjustments during the break before a solid stop saw him re-fired off in 6th.
In his initial run, he began to lose some spots from seventh to ninth where the No.20 Toyota isn’t functioning as it should be.
Not long later, another three to four spots lost by Lap 100 in 12th before pitting on Lap 119 from 15th.
When he returned on the race track, E.Jones ran in 18th before he may somewhat tag the wall.
With the piece of metal came off at Turn 4, he picked some damage to his right rear quarter panel.
Despite taking some time to get the affected area bandaged, he won the free pass.
That’s because he was the first driver outside the lead lap mark.
Towards the halfway distance, again the No.20 Toyota didn’t have any improvements that E. Jones wanted for the rest of this stage.
Hence, he came home in 18th.
E. Jones restarted from where he left off from Stage 2 following his stop during the break.
This time, he did move a few spots back in 15th over the first ten laps followed by 11-13th through Lap 200-220.
However, he suffered a low blow again through a right rear flat tire having pitted immediately and later got black-flagged by NASCAR.
And through the last half of the race, he remained running outside the Top 25 as E.Jones came home in 27th, three laps down.
Erik Jones’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.
- 36 Races
- 9836 of 10, 250 laps completed, 96%
- 99 Laps led
- One Win, 2.9%
- Nine Top 5, 25%
- 18 Top 10, 50%
- Average Start: 10.6 & Finish: 14
- DNFs: Three, Crash (Daytona 500, Talladega & Las Vegas 2).
- He sits 15th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2220 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
- 26th, Martinsville 2
- 4th, Texas 2
- 17th, Phoenix 2
- 27th, Homestead
It’s a bummer not to see a fantastic end to his 2018 season.
There’s nothing much to say regarding a struggling race car here & there.
He might have avoided a fall midway in Stage 2 where E. Jones managed almost to re-enter the Top 10 & stay there only if he didn’t suffer a flat tire.
That is the only words said from yesterday’s performance.
Let’s move on and look at the positives.
He’s happy to look back at how he won the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona a few months back.
Don’t forget he posted regular Top 10 as well as crucial of around nine Top 5s.
Overall, it’s only his first season at a top organization like Joe Gibbs Racing who did a great job nurturing young talent like him.
And at last but not least, his crew members who followed him to his new journey from Furniture Row Racing last year.
Great job to Crew Chief Chris Gayle and Spotter Rick Carelli in keeping a close eye out on this talented young man.
He & his team has learned a lot in & out of the No.20 Toyota where they’ll do everything he can to make a stronger impact come 2019.
So the Stewart-Haas and Team Penske drivers will need to watch out soon enough as Erik Jones is eying more wins here & there.
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