Recap – 2018 Quaker State 400
July 16, 2018
Erik Jones Finishes Seventh at Kentucky Speedway
Box Score Info:
RACE: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series –
TRACK: Kentucky Speedway
DRIVER: Erik Jones
CAR: No. 20 Freightliner Toyota Camry
POINTS STANDINGS: 13th (480 points, -319 points out of 1st)
- Fresh off his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, Erik Jones and the No. 20 Freightliner Camry team headed to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400. With a strong qualifying session, the team scored the second starting position and ran most of the race in the top 15 before crossing the finish line in seventh.
- For the second week in a row, the Cup series raced under the lights in primetime on Saturday night. With the racing action at Kentucky Speedway under way, Jones quickly radioed the team that he needed help with handling, especially in turn three. As the stage stayed green, teams started making green-flag pit stops around lap 40 with the No. 20 team hitting pit road on lap 39 from the top 10 for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. Jones returned the track and when the stage ended on lap 80, the No. 20 Freightliner Toyota Camry was scored 11th. Still needing help with the handling, Jones was called to pit road for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments. The race resumed on lap 87 with Jones 11th.
- Early in stage two, the report from the cockpit of the No. 20 Camry was that it was way too tight and as a result, Jones lost several spots. The team was able to work on the No. 20 under the lap 109 caution for a single-car incident. Following the stop, Jones restarted the race from 14th on lap 112. Focused on gaining positions before the end of stage two, Jones was able to move up to ninth before the caution waved on lap 160 to end stage two. The team again took a swing at loosening the car up for Jones during the pit stop. The race restarted on lap 166 with Jones in 10th.
- Running solid lap times, Jones was still in 10th when the final caution of the race was displayed on lap 207 for a single-car accident. Continuing to fight a tight-handling Camry, Jones made his final stop of the race and after a solid stop, gained two positions on pit road to restart the race from eighth on lap 214. Making his way as high as fifth following the final restart, Jones dropped a couple of positions and crossed the finish line with a solid seventh-place finish.
- Toyota teammate Martin Truex Jr. won the race followed by Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick to round out the top five.
- Teams now head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 20th race of the season on Sunday, July 22, 2018.