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Preview – 2019 Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway

August 7, 2019

Erik Jones / No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry Preview
Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway
 
No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:
  • JONES AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his sixth-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend in front of his home crowd. The Byron, Michigan native has a career-best finish of third in this race last year. In addition to his Cup Series starts, Jones has one start in the Xfinity Series where he finished fourth and one in the Truck Series where he finished third. Jones has led laps at the two-mile track in all three series.
  • JGR AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 134 total starts at Michigan International Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned eight wins, 36 top-five finishes, 60 top-10 finishes and seven pole starting positions. The team has led 1,028 laps, completed 24,814 of 26,033 attempted laps (95.3%) and earned an average start of 14.8 and an average finish of 15.1. Bobby Labonte leads the team with three wins followed by Denny Hamlin with two wins and Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth with one win each.
  • CHASING 100: Jones will make his 98th-career Cup Series start this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, two races shy of 100-career starts. The milestone start will take place on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Darlington Raceway.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: The familiar yellow and black paint scheme for DEWALT returns to the No. 20 Camry this weekend with Jones at his home track, Michigan International Speedway.
  • MEDIA TIME: Heading home to Michigan, Jones will visit Kalitta Motorsports on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET. Jones will join fellow Toyota drivers Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd for media opportunities and the have the opportunity to warm up Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster. 
  • MEET ERIK JONES: Jones will be at the Michigan International Speedway Fan Plaza on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 11:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. ET. Stop by to meet Jones and hear from the Michigan native.
  • WATKINS GLEN RACE RECAP: With a setback in qualifying, Jones was able to salvage a 14th-place starting position for the Go Bowling at The Glen and after finishing eighth in the first two stages, finished the 90-lap event in the fourth position. The finish marked Jones fourth consecutive top-four finish and eighth top-five finish of the season.
  • RACE INFO: The Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 11, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90 and NBC Sports App.
 
Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Michigan International Speedway: 
Starts
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Poles
Laps Led
Avg. Start
Avg. Finish
5
0
1
1
0
5
9.6
15.0
 
Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:
Starts
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Poles
Laps Led
Avg. Start
Avg. Finish
22
0
8
12
0
60
16.0
13.4
 
Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:
Starts
Wins
Top 5
Top 10
Poles
Laps Led
Avg. Start
Avg. Finish
97
1
22
44
2
470
13.2
15.3
 
From the Driver’s Seat:
Erik Jones: “We had a good car the last time we were at Michigan, but had a flat tire towards the end of the race, so it didn’t work out. We ran good at Michigan in the past and we are always in contention at the bigger tracks with our cars. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going and get a win at my home track. That would be a special win for sure. Home track for me at the top level would be pretty special. It’s definitely the one that I have circled above the other tracks that I would like to win at. I think everyone wants to win at the home track.”
 
From the Pit Box:
Chris Gayle: “It’s a good weekend to be heading back to a track we ran really well at earlier this year. Just like the second Pocono, this is another place we head back to with a notebook and ideas on how to improve from the first race. As a team we’re hitting our stride and adding a little bit of consistency that we lacked in the early part of the season. This weekend will be a little different schedule for us compared to the first event, with a separate qualifying day and not being an impound event, so we’ll have more time to focus on the two aspects of the weekend, with Friday spent in qualifying trim and Saturday spent in race trim. Hopefully we can avoid contact and cut tires like we had in the first event, and keep on this good streak of top-five finishes. It would be great to break thru and get the first win of 2019 at Erik’s home track.”
 
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