Press Room

Preview – Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway

May 30, 2018


Erik Jones – No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry News and Notes:

  • JONES AT POCONO RACEWAY: Erik Jones will make his third-career Cup Series start this weekend at Pocono Raceway behind the wheel of the No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry. In his previous two Cup Series starts at ‘The Tricky Triangle,’ Jones has a third-place and an eighth-place finish. Jones has competed at the unique Pennsylvania track in multiple series throughout his career. His best finishes at the track has been a second-place finish in both the Xfinity Series and ARCA Series and a sixth-place finish in the Truck Series.
  • JGR AT POCONO RACEWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 122 total starts at Pocono Raceway in Cup Series competition earning 11 wins, 27 top-five finishes, 59 top-10 finishes and 10 pole starting positions. The team has led 1,353 laps, completed 20,904 of 22,138 attempted laps (94.1%) and earned an average start of 11.8 and an average finish of 15.4. Denny Hamlin leads the team with four wins followed by Bobby Labonte with three wins and Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch with one win each.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: DEWALT returns to the No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend as the primary sponsor of Jones for the Pocono 400 at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ of Pocono Raceway.
  • CHARLOTTE RECAP: Qualifying in the fourth position for the Coca-Cola 600, Jones and the No. 20 team looked poised for a strong run after running second early in the 400-lap event. Jones finished 10th in both stage one and two and second in stage three. Unfortunately, Jones was halted in his pit box under the lap 300 caution following an incident where the competitor pitting in front of the No. 20 team ran over the air hose and pulled the pit gun from the tire changers hand. The mishap cost the team a solid stop and after changing four tires and adding fuel, the No. 20 Circle K team was dropped to 19th for the lap 306 restart to start the final stage of the race. Working his way through the field early in stage four, Jones was in the top 10 when the team made their final stop of the race on lap 352, but an uncontrolled tire on the stop resulted in a pass through penalty. Following the penalty, Jones was scored one lap down to the leaders. Unable to get back on the lead lap and progress forward, Jones crossed the finish line in the 19th position.
  •  POINT STANDINGS UPDATE: Jones remains 13th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings following his 19th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • RACE INFO: The Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Pocono Raceway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 1 2 0 24 12.0 5.5


Jones 2018 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
13 0 1 5 0 75 9.8 16.5


Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
52 0 6 19 1 386 13.0 17.3


From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “Pocono is a good track. It’s somewhere that I’ve actually had a lot of experience. I ran some ARCA races there, some Truck races, some Xfinity races, so I’ve made a lot of laps around there and I’ve always felt comfortable. It’s a fun place to go in the Cup Series especially with as challenging as it is with the shifting and getting your car to handle in all three corners. Always excited to go there and looking forward to the challenge that it’ll bring.”

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “Pocono is definitely a unique track and one that is typically tough on rookies, however Erik seemed to take to it really well in both races last year. He ran in the top 10 in both events and had a top five in the first event. It is a race track that’s very challenging to get the car setup correct for the distinctly different corners. It forces the driver/team to focus on specific corners to get the most lap time from the car. It also forces a driver to focus on moving his line around and finding different ways to keep the car handling correctly throughout the run. Since it has such fast speeds and is large enough that you can pit without going a lap down, it allows the team and crew chief to play some interesting strategy games to gain or regain track position when needed. So it definitely has a lot of potential challenges and things to focus on throughout the weekend and race. Hopefully this team can go out and execute, avoid mistakes and get a solid top-five or top-10 finish this weekend. We ended the Charlotte race with a few mistakes, and there’s nothing like the next weekend coming up to move on from those and get back on track.”


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