Sixth-Place Finish for Erik Jones at Chicagoland Speedway
July 2, 2018
Sixth-Place Finish for Erik Jones and the DEWALT Join the Salute Toyota Camry Team at Chicagoland Speedway
Box Score Info:
RACE: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Overton’s 400
TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway
DRIVER: Erik Jones
CAR: No. 20 DEWALT Join the Salute Toyota Camry
POINTS STANDINGS: 14th (408 points, -328 points out of 1st)
- Carrying a special scheme this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Join the Salute Toyota Camry team started the Overton’s 400 from the ninth position and ran in the top 15 for most of the 267-lap race before scoring a solid sixth-place finish.
- Rolling off in the ninth position, Jones lost several spots in the opening laps before spotter Rick Carelli reminded him to “settle in and log laps.” As the stage continued under a long green-flag run, teams were forced to make green-flag pit stops around the halfway mark of the stage. Crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 35 from the 12th position for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Continuing to run solid laps, Jones was able to return to the top 10 before the caution waved on lap 80 to end stage one. Asking the team for a little help getting through the corners, Jones pitted from 10th for four tires, fuel and adjustments. With a fast pit stop, the No. 20 crew gained five positions on the stop. Jones restarted the race on lap 86 from fifth place.
- Shortly after making a routine green-flag stop on lap 120, the caution waved for a single-car incident on lap 127. Taking advantage of the caution, the No. 20 team pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and another set of adjustments to continue tweaking on the handling of the DEWALT Join the Salute Camry. Jones restarted the race on lap 132 from ninth place. Heavy battles on the restart dropped Jones to 15th on lap 135. Gaining a few positions in the closing laps of stage two, Jones was scored 12th when the caution flag waved on lap 160 to end the stage. Jones restarted the race from 15th following a routine pit stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
- Radioing the team in the opening laps of the final stage that the DEWALT Join the Salute Camry was too tight, Jones was given an opportunity to bring the No. 20 Camry to the service of his team under the lap 177 caution for a single-car incident. Taking on four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments, Jones restarted the race on lap 181 from ninth. The final caution of the race waved on lap 207 with Jones scored seventh. Pretty happy with the No. 20 Camry, Jones pitted for a routine stop and restarted the race from fifth place on the lap 212 restart. With the race remaining green for the final 55 laps, Jones crossed the finish line with a solid sixth-place finish.
- With his finish at Chicagoland Speedway, Jones and the No. 20 team earned their seventh top-10 finish of the 2018 season.
- Kyle Busch won the race followed by Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer.
- Next up for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, teams head to Daytona International Speedway for the second time this season racing under the lights Saturday night, July 7, 2018.
Post-Race Thoughts: Erik Jones:
“I think overall the last two weeks have been really good to us. Sonoma was a big challenge and I thought today was going to be a big challenge with the grip level being as low as it was and the track being as hot and slick as it was. We did a good job making good adjustments. Overall, we did what needed to do to get a good run and it turned out into a solid top-10.”