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Preview – 2019 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway

April 9, 2019

Erik Jones / No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry Preview

Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway

 

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend where Erik Jones will make his fifth-career start at the Virginia track. In his previous four starts at the track, Jones best finish is sixth with three finishes in the top 15. Jones also has four starts at the track in the Xfinity Series with a best finish of second, three top-five finishes and one pole starting position.
  • JGR AT RICHMOND RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 131 total starts at Richmond Raceway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned 14 wins, 41 top-five finishes, 69 top-10 finishes and seven pole starting positions. The team has led 4,460 laps, completed 51,677 of 52,486 attempted laps (98.5%) and earned an average start of 13.9 and an average finish of 12.5. Kyle Busch leads the team with six wins followed by Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin with three wins each for the team and Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards with one win each.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week the classic yellow and black DEWALT colors return to the No. 20 Camry for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
  • BRISTOL RECAP: Jones started the Food City 500 from the fifth position and was able to lead 10 laps before finishing 24th following a loose wheel late in the race.
  • RACE INFO: The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019. Coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Richmond Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
4 0 0 1 0 0 11.2 17.0

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
8 0 2 3 0 40 15.2 16.1

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
83 1 16 35 2 450 12.7 15.9

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting to Richmond this weekend with the DEWALT team. We’ve had really fast Camry’s for the first few short tracks of the season with the new package and think we have a good starting point when we unload this weekend in Richmond. Should be a good weekend and a chance to get some momentum on our side heading in to the first off weekend of the season.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “We’re heading to another short track this weekend and another opportunity to improve as a team compared to 2018. This was a place that we ran decent last year, but had room for improvement. This is a big opportunity for us to show we’ve improved as a team, can bring better equipment and put a complete race together. The Richmond schedule is always unique with practicing in the hotter day time conditions and racing at night, so it requires a little anticipation and a good notebook to make good changes to the car for the different environments from practice to the race. This will be our third short-track race and we’ve run competitively at both short-track races so far this year, so that has helped us to build a notebook with the new aero package for 2019. This is a race that we’ll need to really manage the tires and car balance throughout a run compared to the two short tracks we’ve raced so far this season. We have the perfect opportunity this weekend to put another fast Camry on the track and get a great finish for our DEWALT team to get good momentum on our side heading in to the first off weekend for Easter.”

 

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