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Preview – Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway

July 3, 2018

Erik Jones / No. 20 Toyota Camry Preview

Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway

No. 20 Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fourth-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start at the 2.5-mile high-banked Daytona International Speedway Saturday night. In his three previous starts at the superspeedway, Jones’ best finish came in the July 2017 event where he finished ninth. Jones has also competed at the track in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series earning best finishes of eighth and second, respectively.
  • JGR AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 127 total starts at Daytona International Speedway in Cup Series competition earning five wins, 28 top-five finishes, 40 top-10 finishes and four pole starting positions. The team has led 1,597 laps, completed 20,414 of 22,602 attempted laps (90.3%) and earned an average start of 15.3 and an average finish of 19.9. Tony Stewart leads the team with two wins followed by Dale Jarrett, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin each with one win.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: This week on the No. 20 Camry, Jones will feature a unique paint scheme showcasing
  • CHICAGO RECAP: For the 17th race of the season, Jones and the No. 20 DEWALT Join the Salute Toyota Camry team started the Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway from the ninth position. Running a solid race, Jones finished stage one in the 10th position and stage two in the 12th position. During the final stage of the race, Jones was able to battle his way back in to the top 10 and crossed the finish line solidly in the sixth position. The finish marked the team’s seventh top-10 finish of the season.
  • POINT STANDINGS UPDATE: Jones remains 14th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings following his sixth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
  • RACE INFO: The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 2018. Coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Daytona International Speedway: 

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
3 0 0 1 0 20 19.7 28.0

Jones 2018 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
17 0 1 7 0 76 11.1 15.9

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
56 0 6 21 1 387 13.2 17.1

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Daytona is a fun track and it’s a good change from what we do every week and kind of a wild card race overall. Our goal going in to it is to just make sure we aren’t getting caught up in a wreck, staying out of trouble and hopefully getting a solid finish out of it. It’s an opportunity for anyone to win and that is definitely our goal, to go up and grab a win and get ourselves locked in to the playoffs, but we also don’t need to get ourselves caught up in anything and put ourselves further behind. Daytona should be a good weekend.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “I thought Erik showed a lot of improvement in his superspeedway racing during the Daytona 500. Unfortunately we were caught up in a wreck at no fault of his. I really feel like we have made our superspeedway cars better and should be even more competitive at the Daytona summer event. However, just like all superspeedway races, a lot of how you finish is avoiding wrecks and staying in position until the late stages of the race. It’s something that’s really been a struggle over this season and last year. I believe the 2017 summer Daytona race has been the only superspeedway race that Erik and I have been able to finish in his six superspeedway starts. In our current point’s position, we really need to get thru this weekend with a solid run and gain some points on the cars in front of us. This is the biggest wildcard race over the next nine events until the playoffs start, so getting a little more points cushion to 16th from this event could really help us.”