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Preview – Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

July 10, 2018

Erik Jones / No. 20 Freightliner Toyota Camry Preview

Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

 No. 20 Freightliner Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Fresh off his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) win at Daytona International Speedway, Erik Jones will make his second Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. In his lone series start at the track, Jones started 14th and earned a solid top-10 with a sixth-place finish. Jones also has starts at the track in both the Xfinity and Truck Series with his best finish in both series being second.
  • JGR AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 24 total starts at Kentucky Speedway in Cup Series competition earning three wins, 13 top-five finishes, 15 top-10 finishes and one pole starting position. The team has led 666 laps, completed 6,073 of 6,436 attempted laps (94.4%) and earned an average start of 9.6 and an average finish of 10.2 Kyle Busch leads the team with two wins and Matt Kenseth has one win for JGR.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week on the No. 20 Camry, Jones will carry Freightliner as the primary sponsor.
  • DAYTONA RECAP: Returning to Daytona International Speedway for the second time this season, Jones scored his first-career Cup Series win. Starting the race from the 29th position, Jones avoided the first “big one” before sustaining damage to the right rear during a multi-car accident in stage two. The team lost a lap making repairs to the No. 20 Camry, but Jones was able to get the “Lucky Dog” late in the race to return to the lead lap. Jones battled his way back to the top five before two late-race cautions put the No. 20 team in prime position for the win. With the race extending in to overtime, Jones restarted the race from second on the final restart and cleared the No. 78 on the last lap to gain the lead. Jones was able to hold on to the lead and earned his first-career MENCS win.
  • POINT STANDINGS UPDATE: With his win at Daytona International Speedway, Jones has secured his place in the 2018 Playoffs and moves up to 13th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.
  • RACE INFO: The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, 2018. Coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kentucky Speedway: 

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
1 0 0 1 0 0 14.0 6.0

Jones 2018 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
18 1 2 8 0 77 12.1 15.1


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
57 1 7 22 1 388 13.5 16.8

 From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Kentucky is a fun track. It’s a lot different the last couple of years since they repaved it, but it’s really been just as unique and just as fun as always. I feel like we always have pretty good speed at Kentucky. We had a solid run there last year in the Cup series and going back this year, mile-and-half tracks have been pretty good to us. Hopefully we can carry some of the momentum from the other mile-and-half races and go have a solid day and add another win to the list. It’s nice to have the win from Daytona to lock us in to the playoffs, so we’ll be able to go out and be a little more aggressive than we have been so far and look to add a few more wins before the playoffs start.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “Kentucky is a race track that Erik ran really well at in 2017. We lost track position a few times and still had a good enough car to get back thru traffic and finish sixth. It’s definitely a challenging place since they repaved and reconfigured the banking in turns 1 and 2. Like most repaves, it’s going to take a little while before the tires start to fall off, so track position and fast pit stops become paramount to success at this track. Getting that win last week at Daytona will definitely allow us to change our strategy and become a little more aggressive for the next eight weeks. We can take a few chances to get some stage points and go for wins that we couldn’t potentially afford to do if racing to keep our points position as high as possible. We’ll go to Kentucky and be as aggressive as possible and try to carry over some of the momentum from the first win as long as possible.”