Recap – 2019 Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
September 30, 2019
Jones Eliminated from NASCAR Playoffs with 40th-Place Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
Box Score Info:
Date: September 29, 2019
Event: Bank of America Roval 400 (Race 29 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28-mile Road Course)
Format: 109 Laps (Stages: 25 laps / 25 laps / 59 laps)
Point Standings: 16th
Race Winner: Chase Elliott
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25)
- Erik Jones and the No. 20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry team started Sunday’s race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval from the 15th position and finished the first stage 40th.
- Struggling with rear grip early in the race, Jones was able to maintain his position in the top 20 before the caution waved on lap 19. Opting to stay out under the caution, Jones lined up in the eighth position for the lap 22 restart. Unfortunately, contact from a competitor going in to the first turn sent Jones in to the wall. With little damage to the CRAFTSMAN Camry, Jones pitted to repair the damage. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, the team determined a hole in the radiator forcing the Jones to retire from the race and credited with a 40th-place finish, eliminating the team from the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
- Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex, Jr. finished seventh, Denny Hamlin 19th and Kyle Busch 37th.
ERIK JONES, No.20 CRAFTSMAN Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
And just like that, Erik, your Playoffs are over.
“It’s unfortunate. We just had three really bad weeks and it’s some of our own doing and some not our own doing, but it’s racing. We’ve got really fast cars. I know we can probably go out and win some more races this year, which is I guess a consolation prize. I’d love to be moving forward here and challenging for the championship. I thought we could’ve went pretty deep this year, but it’s just the nature of the Playoffs. The CRAFTSMAN Camry – we were struggling today here early on, but we were going to fight all day and unfortunately we didn’t get that opportunity. We’ll keep racing all year and you know next year, come back and improve on what we can.”
Next Race: Teams now head to the Dover International Speedway for the Drydene 400 on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN Radio and SIRIUS XM Channel 90.
– JGR –