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PREVIEW – Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

April 18, 2018

Erik Jones / No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview
Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway
 
No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:
  • JONES AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: Erik Jones will make his third-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. In his two previous starts at the track, Jones best finish was a sixth-place finish in the fall 2017 race.  Jones also has four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts with three top-five finishes and a best finish of second at the Virginia track.
  • JGR AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 123 total starts at Richmond International Raceway in Cup Series competition earning 12 wins, 38 top-five finishes, 65 top-10 finishes and seven pole starting positions. The team has led 4,330 laps, completed 48,471 of 49,278 attempted laps (98.4%) and earned an average start of 13.8 and an average finish of 12.8. Kyle Busch leads the team with four wins followed by Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin with three wins each and Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards each scored one win for the team. 
  • BRISTOL RECAP: With rain and a winter mix plaguing the Bristol, Tennessee area, the Food City 500 was started on Sunday afternoon, but following several red flags for weather, NASCAR postponed the race to conclude on Monday afternoon. Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry team started the race from the 13th position and ran as high as second before a lose wheel just shy of the halfway mark forced the team to pit road for a green-flag stop. Jones lost three laps and unable to get the laps back throughout the remainder of the race, finished the race in the 26th position.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: Retuning to the car this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, Sport Clips will adorn the No. 20 Toyota Camry. 
  • POINT STANDINGS UPDATE: Following the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Jones remains 12th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.
  • RACE INFO: The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018. Coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
 
Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Richmond International Raceway:
Starts
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Poles
Laps Led
Avg. Start
Avg. Finish
2
0
0
1
0
0
15.0
22.0
 
Jones 2018 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:
Starts
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Poles
Laps Led
Avg. Start
Avg. Finish
8
0
1
4
0
75
10.9
14.8
 
Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:
Starts
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Poles
Laps Led
Avg. Start
Avg. Finish
47
0
6
18
1
386
13.6
17.1
 
From the Pit Box:
Chris Gayle: “It’ll be exciting to go to Richmond and see all of the garage improvements and upgrades to the infield from last year. It’s also a pretty unique short track with lots of tire fall-off and fairly low grip. This definitely helps give the crew chiefs and drivers more ability to adjust the setups and have differences in cars that may promote short run verse long run speed. It’ll also be a good measuring stick for the progress that Erik and myself have made from last year. We only got to run a few laps in this event last spring, but had a pretty good race last fall. We’ll do all we can to improve our fall finish and turn the page on the disappointing finish from Bristol.”

About Sport Clips:

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 10 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,700 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2016 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “haircuts with heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has given $5 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.