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Erik Jones / No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry Preview The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway

(Feb. 6, 2019)

2019_SportClips_01.jpgNo. 20 Sport Clips Toyota Camry News and Notes:

·        JONES AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY – The Clash: Erik Jones returns to Daytona International Speedway as the most recent race winner having won the July 2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400. The win marked Jones first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win. This will be Jones second Advance Auto Parts Clash. In his lone start at the historical track in the pre-season Clash, Jones started from the fourth position and secured an eighth-place finish.

·        JGR AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 131 total starts at Daytona International Speedway in Cup Series competition between the Daytona 500 and July Cup Series race. In those starts, the team has earned six wins, 29 top-five finishes, 41 top-10 finishes and four pole starting positions. The team has led 1,599 laps, completed 20,753 of 23,274 attempted laps (89.2%) and earned an average start of 15.6 and an average finish of 20.2. Denny Hamlin (2016) and Dale Jarrett (1993) both scored Daytona 500 wins for the team and Kyle Busch (2008), Tony Stewart (2005 and 2006) and Jones (2018) have all visited victory lane during the July race weekend.  For the Advance Auto Parts Clash, JGR teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have both earned wins, most recently with Hamlin winning the 2016 event. 

·        DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING: Prior to Sunday’s Advanced Auto Parts Clash, teams will qualify for the 61st running of the Daytona 500. The qualifying session will set the front row for the Daytona 500 with the remainder of the field being set on Thursday, February 14, when the field competes in two 60-lap races.

·        THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 CAMRY: For the first time in their 11-year partnership with JGR, Sport Clips will serve as the primary partner on one of the team’s four Camry’s, specifically Jones and the No. 20 team. Sport Clips started their partnership with Jones in 2015, sponsoring Jones and the No. 20 Xfinity team at Talladega Superspeedway. Since then, Sport Clips has continued to sponsor Jones throughout his Xfinity career and now in the Cup Series. Sport Clips will be in the No. 20 Camry for The Clash and the Daytona 500, as well as five more races this season.

Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Daytona International Speedway – The Clash:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

1

0

0

1

0

0

4.0

8.0

 Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Daytona International Speedway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

4

1

1

2

0

21

22.0

21.2

 Jones 2019 Season NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Jones Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

75

1

14

32

2

410

12.4

15.9

 From the Driver’s Seat:

Erik Jones: “I’m looking forward to The Clash. It’s always fun to get back to Daytona and get things rolling again. It’s always fun to be in The Clash. I was in my first one last year and to have another shot to go out and run this year is going to be a lot of fun. It kind of gets you back in the racing mode and back in the right mindset. Looking forward to having a shot to try and go out and start the year with a win.” 

From the Pit Box:

Chris Gayle: “I can’t wait to get the race season started, and get a short tune up this weekend in the non-points Clash race. It’s been since October since anyone has done any superspeedway racing, so it’ll give Erik and the team a chance to knock the rust off and get back in full form before the 150’s and the 500 the following week. There are also a few small rules changes, and the Clash will give us a shot to work thru some of the new rules and how they’ll affect the handling of the car. So, we can treat it like an extra practice session for the 500.”

·        RACE INFO: The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.