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Preview – Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

June 22, 2018

Erik Jones / No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry Preview

Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway


No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT SONOMA RACEWAY: For the first of two road course races of the season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Sonoma Raceway for stop number 16 of the 2018 season. Erik Jones will make his second-career start at the Northern California track, looking to improve upon his 25th-place finish from the 2017 season.
  • JGR AT SONOMA RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 61 total starts at Sonoma Raceway in Cup Series competition earning four wins, 12 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and three pole starting positions. The team has led 297 laps, completed 6,358 of 6,529 attempted laps (97.4%) and earned an average start of 15.6 and an average finish of 16.9. Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch each have two wins for the team.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: Jones will carry the DEWALT colors this weekend on the No. 20 Toyota Camry for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
  • SEEING DOUBLE: In addition to competing in Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, Jones will climb behind the wheel of the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry for Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race. This will mark Jones’ first-career start in the K&N Series.
  • MICHIGAN RECAP: Racing in front of his home crowd, Jones qualified in the eighth position for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but had to start from the back of the field following a pre-race inspection issue. Battling his way to the front, Jones was able to run as high as seventh. Restarting the race from the 11th position on lap 125, Jones looked poised for a solid top-10 finish. Unfortunately, rain halted the No. 20 team’s effort when the race was slowed on lap 128. As the rain continued, NASCAR called the race after only 133 of 200 laps. Jones was scored with a 15th-place finish.
  • POINT STANDINGS UPDATE: Jones remains 14th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings following his 15th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.
  • RACE INFO: The Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, 2018. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Sonoma Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
1 0 0 0 0 0 30.0 25.0


Jones 2018 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
15 0 1 5 0 75 10.7 17.2

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
54 0 6 19 1 386 13.1 17.5

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Sonoma’s a nice track. It’s a big change up from what we do week to week out in California, a nice area for sure. A place that’s probably one of the most challenging tracks we go to throughout the whole year just with as technical as it is and as low on grip as it is. It’s a place that takes some time to learn and figure out. I feel better with a year under my belt there and having a little bit more experience with doing some testing out there with Chris Cook as well as running the K&N West race on Saturday. So hopefully we’ll go back and have a solid weekend.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “The race teams really enjoy coming to the Sonoma area for the climate and things to do away from the race track. However, the race track itself is a really tough challenge. The tires seem to fall off more, and since it’s one of only two road course events of the season, it can be a difficult place to learn especially for drivers that didn’t do a lot of road course racing very early in their careers. It’s also a much more difficult road course event than Watkins Glen due to the lower speed and lower grip level in general of this race track. I think Erik definitely falls into the category of having very little experience on road course tracks compared to any other oval track racing. So this weekend is quite a bit more challenging for him. We all knew based on his first event at this race track last year that this was a track he needed more seat time and direction to become really good and competitive. I’m very excited and proud of the amount of work that Erik has put into preparing for this place and trying to understand and learn how to become better at this style of racing – driving school, K&N car, watching video, etc. With that being said, it’s still a very difficult place to become really good at without more experience at the track in a Cup car. So our expectations for the weekend are to just have a solid weekend and show improvement from last year. I think if we can sneak out of here with a top-15/20 finish, we will be happy with the progress made from 2017 to 2018.”


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