Erik Jones / No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Feb. 27, 2019)

Nascar-2018-Racing-ImageNo. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Erik Jones will make his fourth-career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In his previous three starts at the track, Jones has earned one pole and a best finish of eighth in the March 2018 event. Jones also has starts at the track in both the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series. Jones has a best finish of third in 2016 in the Xfinity Series and won at the track in 2014 in the Truck Series.

·        JGR AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 64 total starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Cup Series competition. In those starts, the team has earned two wins, 14 top-five finishes, 28 top-10 finishes and five pole starting positions. The team has led 523 laps, completed 5,804 of 16,933 attempted laps (93.3%) and earned an average start of 14.0 and an average finish of 15.7. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth each have one win for the team.

·        ATLANTA RECAP: For the second race of the season, teams headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 where the No. 20 team had a strong showing, starting the race from the 15th position and crossing the finish line with a solid seventh-place finish. 

·        THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: The No. 20 Toyota Camry will carry the red and black Sport Clips colors this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sport Clips kicked off the season with Jones and the No. 20 team at Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500 where Jones rounded out a 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing. 

·        RACE INFO: The Pennzoil 400 is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 2019. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

3

0

0

1

1

0

6.0

21.0

 

Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

2

0

1

2

0

0

21.5

5.0

 

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

77

1

15

34

2

410

12.7

15.6

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to getting to Las Vegas this weekend with our Sport Clips Camry and figuring out the new rules package there. The west coast swing should be really good for us. We’re going to see a different kind of racing this weekend at Las Vegas than what we saw last weekend in Atlanta. It’s going to take some time to figure out how we’re going to need the car to handle, but Chris Gayle and the guys will be ready and hopefully we can continue with our top-10 finishes and contend for the win at the end of the day.” 

 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: The 20 team learned a lot in the first race with the 2019 rules package in Atlanta. Las Vegas is a totally different race track style from age and track abrasiveness and grip, but a lot of the information we learned can still be applied to Las Vegas. We also have some great information from our teammates getting to test in Las Vegas for the off-season. So this is another great chance to add to our notebook for the new rules package and hopefully contend for the win. Las Vegas was the track that we got our pole last season, and a lot has changed from a rules perspective, but we’re planning to carry all the speed we had last fall over into this weekend’s event.”