Erik Jones
Joe Gibbs Racing
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Last season's rookie of the year makes a step into a new race team in 2018. Jones will take over the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that Matt Kenseth spent the last several seasons racing. The 21-year-old driver made a big splash last year with five Top-5 and 14 Top-10 finishes. Jones flirted with victory on a couple occasions with strong outings at Bristol, Michigan and Pocono. He showed that he could not only hold his own with the best in the series, but he could lead lots of laps and challenge for wins. With the move to the No. 20 Toyota team even more resources will be at Jones disposal. He'll continue to be paired with crew chief Chris Gayle, and that continuity will be key to his success. Jones has a tremendous opportunity to outperform anyone's expectations in the upcoming season. Read Past Outlooks
Daytona Sponsor
NASCAR Cup
February 1, 2019
Setting the stage for The Great American Race, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Sport Clips will join Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team as the primary sponsor for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR.com reports.
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Sport Clips is continuing their long relationship with both Jones and Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. To kick the season off, they'll be primary sponsor on Jones' No. 20 Toyota in the Daytona 500. The talented young driver won in his last started at the famed speedway when he took the victory in last July's Coke Zero Sugar 400. Jones will be seeking his second-career win and second Daytona victory later this month in the Great American Race.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2014
The 20-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy has spent the last four seasons carving up both the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series. Over that span he's won one championship (trucks) and 13-combined victories. Jones' 74-combined Top-10 finishes in 100 starts between the two series speaks volumes of his abilities. Now he'll get his first full-time shot at NASCAR's top division. Joe Gibbs Racing affiliate team, Furniture Row Racing, has expanded to two teams in 2017. That will make room to put Jones in a strong Toyota Camry. He will be paired with crew chief Chris Gayle and the two will be top contenders to win this season's Rookie of the Year honors. Jones is incredibly talented, but he will face a bit of a learning curve in the Monster Energy Cup Series cars due to his lack of experience at this level, only three career starts.
The Joe Gibbs Racing wunderkind is poised for a championship run in this series in 2016. Jones nabbed the Camping World Truck Series crown last year and piled up five-combined victories between Xfinity and the truck series in 2015. He’ll take over the No. 20 Toyota full-time, which was raced by a multi-driver lineup last season. Jones made just 23 starts last season for this team and the No. 54 JGR team and compiled some impressive numbers. He raked in 13 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes in addition to his two wins. When projected over a full season, it indicates Jones will be one of the top contenders to win the Xfinity Series championship this year.
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Fast Opening Phoenix Practice
NASCAR Cup
November 9, 2018
Jones was fastest in opening practice for the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 137.862 mph.
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Penalized for infraction
NASCAR Cup
November 7, 2018
Jones was dealt an L1-level penalty and docked 20 points during a post-race inspection following his fourth-place finish at the AAA Texas 500, Jeff Gluck reports.
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Top-5 Finish at Texas
NASCAR Cup
November 4, 2018
Jones finished fourth in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Top-5 Finish in Hollywood Casino 400
NASCAR Cup
October 21, 2018
Jones finished fourth in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Top-5 Finish at the Monster Mile
NASCAR Cup
October 7, 2018
Jones finished fourth in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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