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
Fast Xfinity Practice at BMS
August 15, 2019
Jones was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Food City 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday. He turned a fast lap of 123.618 mph.
Jones is piloting a fourth Joe Gibbs Racing entry this weekend at Bristol and run through the XCI Racing stable. The No. 81 Toyota Supra looked pretty fast in both the opening and final sessions at the World's Fastest Half-Mile. Jones beat out Christopher Bell for the fastest lap of the hour-long final practice. He'll be a contender to win Friday night at the Bristol short track.
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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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Fast Happy Hour at Michigan
August 10, 2019
Jones was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 189.843 mph.
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Top-5 Finish at the Glen
August 4, 2019
Jones finished fourth in the Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.
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Runner-up Finish at Pocono
July 28, 2019
Jones finished second in the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Leads Pocono Happy Hour
July 27, 2019
Jones was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 172.117 mph.
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Third at Magic Mile
July 21, 2019
Jones finished third in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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