Erik Jones

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Erik Jones
Erik Jones Talking Slinger 2016.jpg
Jones at the 2016 Slinger Nationals
Born (1996-05-30) May 30, 1996 (age 21)
Byron, Michigan
Achievements 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
2011 CRA All-Star Tour Champion
2012, 2013 Snowball Derby Winner
2011 Governors Cup Winner
2013, 2014, 2015 Winchester 400 Winner
2014 Howie Lettow Memorial 150 Winner
2015, 2016 Battle at Berlin 251 Winner
2015 Redbud 300 Winner
2015 JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown Winner
Awards 2015 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2016 Xfinity Series Rookie of the year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
30 races run over 2 years
Car no., team No. 77 (Furniture Row Racing)
2015 position 54th
Best finish 54th (2015)
First race 2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 (Kansas)
Last race 2017 Tales of the Turtles 400 (Chicagoland)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 11 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
72 races run over 4 years
Car no., team No. 20 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2016 position 4th
Best finish 4th (2016)
First race 2014 EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (Joliet)
Last race 2017 TheHouse.com 300 (Chicagoland)
First win 2015 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Texas)
Last win 2017 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 48 13
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
41 races run over 4 years
2016 position 85th
Best finish 1st (2015)
First race 2013 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race 2016 Drivin' for Linemen 200 (Gateway)
First win 2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Last win 2015 WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
7 34 7
Statistics current as of September 17, 2017.

Erik Jones (born May 30, 1996) is an American professional stock car racing driver. The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, he currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 77 Toyota Camry for Furniture Row Racing, and part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 20 Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. His nicknames are EJ, his initials, and Jones Boy, given to him by announcer Ken Squier.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Early career and short track racing[edit]

Jones' 2010 ASA North Late Model that he won with at the La Crosse
Jones celebrating 2010 win

Jones began his racing career at the age of seven, in quarter-midget racing; he began racing stock cars at age 13,[2] and began competing in the ASA Late Model Series in 2010, becoming the youngest-ever winner of the Oktoberfest race at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.[3] Moving to the Champion Racing Association's CRA All-Star Tour in 2011, he won the series championship in his rookie year; Jones also was the winner of that year's Governor's Cup 200 late model race at New Smyrna Speedway, leading every lap of the event; he was the first driver not born in the state of Florida to achieve that feat in over thirty years.[4]

Jones moved to the ARCA Racing Series for the 2012 season,[4] becoming the first-ever driver to compete in the series at the age of 15;[5] competing in 10 of the series' 19 races (he was not eligible at tracks longer than one mile), he posted a best finish of third at Winchester Speedway and Berlin Raceway.[6] In December of that year, Jones held off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch to win the prestigious Snowball Derby.[7]

In December 2013, Jones was named the winner of the 2013 Snowball Derby after the original winner, Chase Elliott, was disqualified after post-race inspections revealed a piece of tungsten in his car.[8]

NASCAR[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Jones' 2013 truck at Rockingham Speedway

In March 2013, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that it had signed Jones to drive in five age-eligible Camping World Truck Series races in the team's No. 51 Toyota Tundra,[5] driving at Martinsville Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Iowa Speedway, as NASCAR relaxed the "Kyle Busch Rule" in that series where the minimum age was reduced from 18 to 16 at ovals shorter than 2,000 meters and road courses.[9] Jones finished second in his third career start in the series at Iowa.[10] In October, Jones added another prestigious late model trophy to his collection, winning the Winchester 400.[11]

On November 8, 2013, Jones became the youngest driver ever to win in the history of NASCAR's top-level competition to that time, winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway over Ross Chastain at the age of 17 years, five months and eight days.[12][N 1]

In January 2014 it was announced that Jones would return to KBM in the Truck Series for 2014, competing in all age-eligible events and selected longer track events after he turned 18.[14] On July 11, at Iowa Speedway, Jones dueled Ryan Blaney and ultimately held him off for the win. On September 27, Jones won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first longer track win. On November 7, Jones picked up his 4th career Truck Series win under the red flag at Phoenix, due to a power outage.

On November 6, 2014, it was announced that Jones would run the full 2015 season in the Trucks for KBM, his first age-eligible season racing for a championship, as well as running an increased slate of races for JGR in the Xfinity Series.[15]

Jones picked up his first win of the 2015 season at Iowa Speedway. Jones' second win of 2015 came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park at the end of August, after which he assumed the points lead for the first time in his career following a wreck by Tyler Reddick in the race. Jones picked up win number three on the season at Texas Motor Speedway extending his point lead over Crafton. Jones battled with defending champion Matt Crafton and Reddick during the course of the 2015 season and beat them to win the Championship.

Xfinity Series[edit]

Jones' 2016 Xfinity Series car at Road America

On June 19, 2014, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Jones will run three races with the team's No. 20 in the Nationwide Series after he became age-eligible.[16]

In 2015, Jones ran 25 races in the renamed Xfinity Series, splitting the No. 20 and No. 54 Toyotas for JGR. On April 10, 2015, Jones won his first Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 20. Later in the year, Jones completed a weekend sweep, winning at Iowa in the Truck Series for the first time in 2015 and at Chicagoland in the Xfinity Series in the No. 54, battling Ryan Blaney for his second career Xfinity Series win.

Jones started racing full-time in the Xfinity Series for JGR in 2016, driving the No. 20.[17] Jones won his first race of the season at Bristol in April, holding off Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch on a late restart. He also won the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus by being the highest finishing Xfinity Series regular out of the four who qualified through the heat races.[18] Jones won for the second time in 2016 at Dover in May, again winning the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.[19] Jones then set the fastest time in qualifying for the Hisense 4K TV 300, winning the 9th straight pole for JGR. At Iowa in July, Jones scored his third win of the season, leading the most laps and passing Ty Dillon for the lead with 15 laps to go.[20] Jones won for the fourth time at Chicagoland in September, taking the lead with 10 laps to go. With this win, Jones entered the Chase as the number one seed.[21] Jones advanced through the Chase to the championship round at Homestead, where he would finish 4th in points behind Daniel Suárez, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier.

In 2017, as he began racing full-time in the Cup Series, Jones ran a part-time Xfinity schedule. In April, he won back-to-back races at Texas and Bristol.[22] In June, Jones joined Fox NASCAR's Cup drivers-only coverage of the Xfinity race at Pocono, working as a pit reporter alongside Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[23]

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Jones made his unofficial Sprint Cup Series debut in substitution for Denny Hamlin.

Jones unofficially debuted in the Sprint Cup Series during the 2015 Food City 500, when he relieved Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 due to Hamlin's neck spasms. After taking over the car, which had been in fifth, he dropped to 37th for the restart, and despite falling to the point where he was two laps down, Jones managed to finish the race in 26th. Since Hamlin started the race, he was credited with the 26th-place finish.[24]

It was then announced that he would drive the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch, who was recovering from a leg injury, at Kansas in the Sprint Cup Series. In his official debut, Jones qualified 12th and ran as high as first before crashing while running fourth. Jones ended up finishing 40th, 25 laps down.

Jones made his first career "triple duty" by running all three national series at the November Texas and Phoenix races. On November 4, he was announced as the driver of JGR's No. 20 car following the suspension of Matt Kenseth because of his incident with Joey Logano at Martinsville race the previous week.[25] Jones finished 12th after blowing a tire late at Texas Motor Speedway. He drove the car again at Phoenix International Raceway to a 19th-place finish.

Jones driving the FRR No. 77 car during qualifying for the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350.

For 2016, he originally was planned to drive several races with Joe Gibbs Racing's fifth car. However, due to the charter system, which limits an owner to just four cars without any exception for rookie drivers, his Cup plans were put on hold.

On August 7, 2016, it was announced that Jones had signed a deal with Furniture Row Racing to drive in their new No. 77 car sponsored by 5-hour Energy for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.[26]

On July 11, 2017, it was announced that Jones would make the long-anticipated move to the JGR No. 20 car full time in 2018, replacing Kenseth.[27]

On August 19, 2017, Jones dominated at Bristol, winning his first Cup Series pole and dominated early, but lost the lead and the race to Kyle Busch late who would go on to win while Jones would finish second. Jones led 260 laps in the race after leading only 50 in his 26 prior starts in the series.

Personal life[edit]

Jones, born May 30, 1996 in Byron, Michigan, is a graduate of Swartz Creek High School.[9][28] Jones received his high school diploma at Texas Motor Speedway before the WinStar World Casino 400K Camping World Truck Series race on June 6, 2014.[28]

He currently lives in Cornelius, North Carolina.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2015 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN
40
CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR 54th 01
20 TEX
12
PHO
19
HOM
2017 Furniture Row Racing 77 Toyota DAY
39
ATL
14
LVS
15
PHO
8
CAL
12
MAR
12
TEX
22
BRI
17
RCH
38
TAL
33
KAN
22
CLT
7
DOV
15
POC
3
MCH
13
SON
25
DAY
9
KEN
6
NHA
39
IND
31
POC
8
GLN
10
MCH
3
BRI
2*
DAR
5
RCH
6
CHI
33
NHA
DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -*
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2017 Furniture Row Racing Toyota 34 39

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2014 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI
7
IND IOW GLN MOH BRI
8
ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO
6
HOM 91st 01
2015 DAY
18
LVS
29
CAL
3
TEX
1*
BRI
4
TAL
30
IOW
3
CLT
15
KEN
2
NHA IND
34
RCH
5
CHI CLT
2
KAN TEX
4
PHO
3
HOM
3
85th 01
54 ATL
13
PHO
5
RCH
4
DOV
9*
MCH CHI
1*
DAY
8
IOW
7
GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR KEN
8
DOV
2016 20 DAY
31
ATL
3
LVS
3
PHO
2
CAL
15
TEX
2
BRI
1
RCH
34
TAL
21
DOV
1*
CLT
31
POC
2
MCH
4
IOW
27
DAY
10
KEN
4
NHA
2
IND
22
IOW
1*
GLN
12
MOH
6
BRI
33
ROA
21
DAR
6
RCH
2
CHI
1
KEN
28*
DOV
16
CLT
5
KAN
15
TEX
4
PHO
10
HOM
9
4th 4032
2017 DAY
32
ATL LVS PHO
3
CAL
4
TEX
1*
BRI
1
RCH TAL
5
CLT DOV
35
POC MCH IOW DAY
25
KEN
3*
NHA IND
23
IOW GLN
8
MOH BRI ROA DAR
4
RCH CHI
18*
KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM -* 01*

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2013 Kyle Busch Motorsports 51 Toyota DAY MAR
9
CAR
9
KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW
2
ELD POC MCH BRI MSP IOW
9
CHI LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
1*
HOM 29th 195
2014 DAY MAR
18
KAN CLT DOV TEX
11
GTW
23
KEN IOW
1*
ELD
29
POC
6
MCH BRI MSP
3
CHI NHA
7
LVS
1
TAL
6
MAR
4
TEX PHO
1*
HOM 18th 426
2015 4 DAY
2
ATL
7
MAR
3
KAN
11*
CLT
2*
DOV
3
TEX
15
GTW
23*
IOW
1*
KEN
2*
ELD
4
POC
10
MCH
3
BRI
6
MSP
1
CHI
6
NHA
7
LVS
9
TAL
4
MAR
10
TEX
1*
PHO
9*
HOM
6
1st 899
2016 51 DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW
5
KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 85th 01

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series driver points

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts
2012 Venturini Motorsports 55 Chevy DAY MOB
29
21st 1565
Curb Racing SLM
5
TAL TOL
26
ELK
8
POC MCH WIN
3
NJE IOW
11
CHI IRP
33
POC BLN
3
ISF MAD
4
SLM
27
DSF KAN
2013 Venturini Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL ELK POC
2
MCH ROA WIN CHI NJE POC
12*
BLN
1*
ISF MAD DSF IOW SLM KEN
6
KAN 33rd 855

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The current youngest NASCAR national touring series winner is Cole Custer, winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2014 at 16 years, 7 months, and 28 days.[13]
Citations
  1. ^ Martinelli, Michelle (September 8, 2017). "NASCAR rookie can only laugh as new 'That Jones Boy' nickname takes off". USA Today. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Brudenell, Mike. "Erik Jones is spending his teen years in the fast lane, victory lane", September 3, 2010. Detroit, MI: Detroit Free Press, page B4; accessed April 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "About Erik, erikjonesracing.com; accessed April 6, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Olsen, Cory. "ARCA is next step in 15-year-old Erik Jones' racing career", MLive.com, March 9, 2012; accessed April 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b ""Erik Jones catches the eye of Kyle Busch at Snowball Derby and lands 5-race deal in Trucks", startribune.com, March 16, 2013; accessed 2013-04-06.
  6. ^ Erik Jones - 2012 ARCA Racing Series Results. Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Accessed April 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Inabinett, Mark. "Teen Erik Jones battles by NASCAR star Kyle Busch to win Snowball Derby", al.com, December 2, 2012; accessed April 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Inabinett, Mark (December 8, 2013). "Erik Jones gets second straight Snowball Derby victory after Chase Elliott disqualified". Press-Register. Mobile, AL. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b King, Randy (April 5, 2013). "Success snowballs for teen driver". The Roanoke Times. Roanoke, VA. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Norman, Brad (July 13, 2013). "Young names make veterans take notice at Iowa". NASCAR.com. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ de la Bastide, Ken (October 14, 2013). "Jones wears Winchester 400 crown". The Herald Bulletin. Anderson, IN. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ Pearce, Al (November 9, 2011). "Erik Jones becomes youngest winner in NASCAR history". Autoweek. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ "16-year-old Cole Custer becomes youngest to win Truck Series race". Sporting News. September 20, 2014. Archived from the original on September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ Estrada, Chris (January 24, 2014). "NASCAR Notes: Kyle Busch Motorsports lays out Truck plans for 2014". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ Turner, Jared (November 6, 2014). "Erik Jones to drive full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2015". Fox Sports. Avondale, Arizona: Fox Sports. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ Turner, Jared (June 19, 2014). "Joe Gibbs Racing to enter Erik Jones in three Nationwide Series races". Foxsports.com. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Crew Chief Changes for 2016 XFINITY Series". Joe Gibbs Racing. January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  18. ^ Pistone, Pete (April 16, 2016). "Jones Dashes to Bristol Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Jones Masters the Monster". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 14, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Jones Powers Past Dillon for Iowa Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 30, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  21. ^ Pistone, Pete (September 17, 2016). "Jones Claims Win and Top Seed". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  22. ^ Associated Press (April 22, 2017). "Erik Jones scores second straight Xfinity Series victory". USA Today. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ Perez, A.J.; Hembree, Mike (May 19, 2017). "NASCAR drivers will handle broadcast duties during Xfinity race at Pocono". USA Today. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  24. ^ Ryan, Nate (April 20, 2015). "Ryan: Erik Jones’ Sprint Cup ‘debut’ will be remembered even without the official recognition". nascartalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  25. ^ "ERIK JONES TO DRIVE NO. 20 CUP CAR AT TEXAS". NASCAR. November 5, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ Cain, Holly (August 7, 2016). "FURNITURE ROW ADDS ERIK JONES TO GROWING TEAM". NASCAR. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  27. ^ James, Brant (July 11, 2017). "Erik Jones to replace Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing". USA Today. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  28. ^ a b "NASCAR Truck Driver Erik Jones Graduates at Texas". ABC News. Associated Press. June 7, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Chase Elliott
Snowball Derby Winner
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
John Hunter Nemechek
Preceded by
Matt Crafton
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
2015
Succeeded by
Johnny Sauter