Erik Jones
Joe Gibbs Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The young Joe Gibbs Racing driver had a tremendous sophomore campaign in the No. 20 Toyota last year, but it could be that the upcoming season is the breakout year. Jones grabbed his first-career win with his July Daytona victory and he posted nine Top-5 and 18 Top-10 finishes. Those were great numbers and good improvement over the prior season for sure. The early, first round Chase elimination was somewhat disappointing, but it was a good effort for the 22-year-old driver to build on this season. There are no changes to the team for this year, so continuity and chemistry should continue to build and pay off. Jones should scratch the win column again in 2019, and we should see even higher Top-5 and Top-10 totals as this driver and team continue to improve. His preseason #11 ranking could be considered conservative in some ways. Read Past Outlooks
Troubles at Martinsville
March 24, 2019
Jones ran into troubles and finished 30th in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon.
The recent struggles of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team continued Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. While racing in the middle teens in stage 3, Jones would have a tire rub that would cause some concern. Shortly after, he would make contact with Kyle Larson's Chevrolet and sustain significant damage to the left front fender and tire. Jones would have to pit under green for repairs, and would eventually fall 9 laps down to the leaders by the end of the race. His Top-10 drought grows to four races, and Jones slips to 14th-place in the overall driver standings.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Last season's rookie of the year makes a step into a new race team in 2018. Jones will take over the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that Matt Kenseth spent the last several seasons racing. The 21-year-old driver made a big splash last year with five Top-5 and 14 Top-10 finishes. Jones flirted with victory on a couple occasions with strong outings at Bristol, Michigan and Pocono. He showed that he could not only hold his own with the best in the series, but he could lead lots of laps and challenge for wins. With the move to the No. 20 Toyota team even more resources will be at Jones disposal. He'll continue to be paired with crew chief Chris Gayle, and that continuity will be key to his success. Jones has a tremendous opportunity to outperform anyone's expectations in the upcoming season.
The 20-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy has spent the last four seasons carving up both the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series. Over that span he's won one championship (trucks) and 13-combined victories. Jones' 74-combined Top-10 finishes in 100 starts between the two series speaks volumes of his abilities. Now he'll get his first full-time shot at NASCAR's top division. Joe Gibbs Racing affiliate team, Furniture Row Racing, has expanded to two teams in 2017. That will make room to put Jones in a strong Toyota Camry. He will be paired with crew chief Chris Gayle and the two will be top contenders to win this season's Rookie of the Year honors. Jones is incredibly talented, but he will face a bit of a learning curve in the Monster Energy Cup Series cars due to his lack of experience at this level, only three career starts.
The Joe Gibbs Racing wunderkind is poised for a championship run in this series in 2016. Jones nabbed the Camping World Truck Series crown last year and piled up five-combined victories between Xfinity and the truck series in 2015. He’ll take over the No. 20 Toyota full-time, which was raced by a multi-driver lineup last season. Jones made just 23 starts last season for this team and the No. 54 JGR team and compiled some impressive numbers. He raked in 13 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes in addition to his two wins. When projected over a full season, it indicates Jones will be one of the top contenders to win the Xfinity Series championship this year.
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Seventh at Atlanta
February 25, 2019
Jones collected his second Top-10 finish of the season with a seventh-place effort at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon, reports.
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Third at Daytona
February 17, 2019
Jones finished third in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Daytona Sponsor
February 1, 2019
Setting the stage for The Great American Race, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Sport Clips will join Jones and the No. 20 Toyota Camry team as the primary sponsor for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, reports.
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Fast Opening Phoenix Practice
November 9, 2018
Jones was fastest in opening practice for the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 137.862 mph.
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Penalized for infraction
November 7, 2018
Jones was dealt an L1-level penalty and docked 20 points during a post-race inspection following his fourth-place finish at the AAA Texas 500, Jeff Gluck reports.
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