Erik Jones
Joe Gibbs Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The young Joe Gibbs Racing driver had a tremendous sophomore campaign in the No. 20 Toyota last year, but it could be that the upcoming season is the breakout year. Jones grabbed his first-career win with his July Daytona victory and he posted nine Top-5 and 18 Top-10 finishes. Those were great numbers and good improvement over the prior season for sure. The early, first round Chase elimination was somewhat disappointing, but it was a good effort for the 22-year-old driver to build on this season. There are no changes to the team for this year, so continuity and chemistry should continue to build and pay off. Jones should scratch the win column again in 2019, and we should see even higher Top-5 and Top-10 totals as this driver and team continue to improve. His preseason #11 ranking could be considered conservative in some ways. Read Past Outlooks
Crash and DNF at Charlotte Roval
NASCAR Cup
September 29, 2019
Jones crashed and finished 40th in the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Jones' tough luck continued Sunday afternoon in the Bank of America Roval 400. He had good track position early in the race, but would find disaster on lap 23. A restart after a caution would set the stage for a big turn 1 pileup and Jones would find himself right in the middle of it. The damage to the No. 20 Toyota was extensive and it would send him to the garage for the day with the devastating DNF. Jones would see his hopes for advancing in the Chase disappear, and he was one of four bubble drivers who didn't advance into the Round of 12.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Fails Post-Race Inspection
NASCAR Cup
September 22, 2019
The No. 20 of Jones failed post-race inspection at Richmond Raceway. Jones had finished fourth in Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400, the second race in the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs' Round of 16, but the disqualification bumped him to last-place 38th, NASCAR.com reports.
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Top-5 Finish at Richmond
NASCAR Cup
September 21, 2019
Jones finished fourth in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway Saturday night.
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Signs Extension with Joe Gibbs Racing
NASCAR Cup
September 6, 2019
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday that Jones has signed a contract extension with the team to remain in the No. 20 Toyota Camry for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.
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Wins Bojangles' Southern 500
NASCAR Cup
September 2, 2019
Jones won the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Sunday night.
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Fast Xfinity Practice at BMS
XFINITY Series
August 15, 2019
Jones was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Food City 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday. He turned a fast lap of 123.618 mph.
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