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Preview – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 22, 2018

Erik Jones / No. 20 Circle K Toyota Camry Preview

Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 20 Circle K Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Racing in the back yard of most NASCAR team’s, Erik Jones will make his third-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend in the No. 20 Circle K Toyota Camry. Jones’ best race at the track in Cup Series competition came in last season’s Coca-Cola 600 where he started the race from the fifth position and after 600 miles, crossed the finish line in seventh place. In addition to his Cup Series starts at the track, Jones has made starts in both the Truck Series and Xfinity Series with his best finish in both series being a second-place finish.
  • JGR AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 122 total starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition earning five wins, 47 top-five finishes, 74 top-10 finishes and nine pole starting positions. The team has led 3,071 laps, completed 42,532 of 43,907 attempted laps (96.9%) and earned an average start of 12.3 and an average finish of 11.6. Bobby Labonte has two wins for JGR in the Cup Series with Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards each scoring a win.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: Circle K returns to the No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend as the primary sponsor of Jones for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • DOUBLE DUTY: Switching suits and gears Saturday afternoon, Jones will join the broadcast team in the FOX booth for the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jones participated in the Driver’s Only Broadcast for FOX in 2017 at Pocono Raceway and earlier this season at Talladega Superspeedway serving as a pit reporter, but this will mark the first time Jones joins the booth for the broadcast.
  • KANSAS RECAP: Two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway, Jones qualified in the 12th position for the KC Masterpiece 400. The team adjusted on the No. 20 Toyota Camry throughout the race to keep up with the changing track conditions and handling, continuing to improve their position as the laps ticked off. Jones inched his way to the lead as the race closed in on the final laps and found himself in position late in the race to contend for the lead. Unable to make the charge stick Jones finished the race solidly in the top 10 with a seventh-place finish.
  • POINT STANDINGS UPDATE: Jones remains 13th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings following his seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway.
  • RACE INFO: The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2018. Coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 0 1 0 0 21.5 12.0

 Jones 2018 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
12 0 1 5 0 75 10.2 16.2

 Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
51 0 6 19 1 386 13.2 17.3

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “The Coke 600 is definitely a long race and it does take a little bit different preparation in some ways from the team and driver as well to prepare for the extra laps and to focus and make the right adjustments for 400 laps. Charlotte is a fun track and I like racing Charlotte a lot. At night it’s pretty different than when we go back and race during the day in the fall, plus we’ll be on the oval as well. It’s kind of a one off, not one we have to go back to later this year, so we’ll take it for what it’s worth and have a good time.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “The 600 is always an exciting event and race weekend. It’s a challenging event with the long distance and the transition from starting in the heat of the day to finishing at night under the lights. It’s also a track Erik has a really good feel for which helps with the feedback to get us dialed in better for the race. Normally having the All Star race the week before would give us a chance to try some setup ideas and concepts and get the cars a little closer before the 600, but with the significantly different package we raced last week, I don’t think much of anything setup wise applies. However, it is another mile and half race track where this team has been its strongest, so we should be able to continue building on those finishes and have a strong showing this week.”

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (owner of the Circle K brand):

Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. In the United States, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of the number of company-operated stores. In Europe, Couche-Tard is a leader in convenience store and road transportation fuel retail in the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), and in Ireland and also with an important presence in Poland.


As of October 15, 2017, and following the Holiday stores acquisition, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 9,987 convenience stores throughout North America, including 8,657 stores with road transportation fuel dispensing. Its North American network consists of 19 business units, including 15 in the United States covering 48 states and 4 in Canada covering all 10 provinces. Approximately 100,000 people are employed throughout its network and at its service offices in North America. In addition, through CrossAmerica Partners LP, Couche-Tard supplies road transportation fuel under various brands to more than 1,200 locations in the United States.

In Europe, Couche-Tard operates a broad retail network across Scandinavia, Ireland, Poland, the Baltics and Russia through ten business units. As of October 15, 2017, Couche-Tard’s network comprised 2,750 stores, the majority of which offer road transportation fuel and convenience products while the others are unmanned automated fuel stations which only offer road transportation fuel. Couche-Tard also offers other products, including stationary energy, marine fuel, aviation fuel and chemicals. Including employees at branded franchise stores, approximately 25,000 people work in its retail network, terminals and service offices across Europe.

In addition, under licensing agreements, more than 1,800 stores are operated under the Circle K banner in 14 other countries and territories (China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam), which brings the worldwide total network to more than 15,700 stores.

For more information on Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. or to consult its quarterly Consolidated Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis, please visit: http://corpo.couche‑