Recap – 2018 Go Bowling at The Glen
August 6, 2018
Erik Jones Finishes Fifth at Watkins Glen International
Box Score Info:
RACE: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Go Bowling at The Glen
TRACK: Watkins Glen International
DRIVER: Erik Jones
CAR: No. 20 BuyAToyota.com Toyota Camry
POINTS STANDINGS: 13th (572 points, -362 points out of 1st)
- For the second road course race of the season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series unloaded at Watkins Glen International. Erik Jones and the No. 20 BuyAToyota.com Toyota Camry team qualified in the ninth position and after 90 laps, ran out of gas coming to the checkered flag and finished the Go Bowling at The Glen in fifth place.
- Under sunny skies Sunday afternoon, the 90-lap race got under way and after only four laps, was under caution for a multi-car accident and oil on the track. Following the cleanup, the race resumed on lap five with Jones in the seventh position. As the stage continued under green-flag conditions, crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 17 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help Jones as he maneuvered through the esses. The caution waved on lap 20 to end stage one with Jones scored 22nd.
- Following pit stops with teams on varying pit strategies, stage two went green on lap 24 with Jones in the fourth position. Running the entire stage under green, the caution waved on lap 40 to end stage two with the No. 20 BuyAToyota.com Toyota Camry team running fourth.
- Opting to stick with their original game plan, Gayle instructed Jones to stay out under the caution and when the final stage started on lap 44, the No. 20 team was scored fourth. The caution waved on lap 53 for a single-car incident and Gayle immediately told Jones to start saving fuel. Jones pitted from the fifth position for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the handling of the No. 20 Camry. Returning to the track, Jones restarted the race on lap 58 in the fifth position. The race continued under green-flag conditions and after moving up to third position for the final 30 laps, Jones crossed the finish line in fifth place after running out of fuel coming to the checkered flag.
- The finish marked Jones second top-five finish in a row and fourth top-five finish of the season.
- Chase Elliott won his first-career race followed Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez and Jones to round out the top five.
- Teams now head to the Irish Hills for the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 12, 2018.