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Recap – 2019 Pocono 400

June 3, 2019

#20: Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry DeWalt

Erik Jones and DEWALT Team Finish Third at Pocono Raceway

Box Score Info:
Date: June 2, 2019
Event: Pocono 400 (Race 14 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile Tri-Oval)
Format: 160 Laps (Stages: 50 laps / 50 laps / 60 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/3rd (Completed 160 of 160 laps)
Point Standings: 15th (343 points, 225 points out of 1st)

Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50)

* Erik Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started the Pocono 400 from the fourth position and finished stage one in the 33rd spot.
* With the race underway at The Tricky Triangle, Jones quickly moved in to second where he remained when the race was slowed on lap 20 for a competition caution. The team called Jones to pit road for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to improve the handling of the DEWALT Camry. The race restarted on lap 24 with Jones running eighth.
* Slipping to 11th during the run, crew chief Chris Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 47 for a green-flag stop of four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments.
* The stage ended on stage 50 with Jones in 33rd. With the leaders pitting and the No. 20 team staying out, Jones moved up to fifth for the stage two restart.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100)

* Jones started stage two from fifth and finished the stage in 20th.
* The race restarted on lap 55 to start stage two. Several quick cautions in the stage allowed Jones to save fuel and make a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 95. The team changed four tires, added fuel and made adjustments to help with the tight handling conditions.
* Stage two ended on lap 100 with Jones scored 20th. Opting to stay out under the stage break, Jones was able to move up to sixth for the start of stage three.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 101-160)

* Jones started the final stage from sixth and finished the race third.
* Gayle called Jones to pit road on lap 121 for his final stop of the race for right-side tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. Jones returned to the track in 20th place.
* As the race continued and the field cycled through green-flag pit stops, Jones and the DEWALT team made their way up to second before the final caution of the race waved on lap 246.
* Opting to stay out under the caution, Jones restarted the race from second on lap 151.
* Fighting for position on the restart, Jones slipped to third on lap 151 where he remained for the final laps of the race.

ERIK JONES, No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What’s going right for you and this No. 20 team right now?
“I wish we could’ve had a good run last week, but we’ve just got fast cars. I mean it shows each week. One of us it seems like is winning and I wish it was us. We need to keep doing this. We need to keep running well and having days where there’s nothing crazy happening, nothing outstanding, we’re just going up and doing what we’re doing. If we keep running in these spots, the wins will come. The DEWALT Camry was fast all weekend really. From the time we unloaded, to qualifying and the race. Chris (Gayle, crew chief) did a good job strategy-wise keeping us where we needed to be – clean air and up front. It worked out with a good finish. I wish it was more, but it’s good to get back on track after last week.”

Additional Notes

* Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch claimed his fourth win of the season and ninth of the year for JGR. Teammate Denny Hamlin finished and Martin Truex. Jr. finished 35th.

Next Race: Teams now head to Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The race is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, PRN and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.