With confidence and momentum on his side, Erik Jones enters the 2019 season poised for a great start following his debut behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota Camry in 2018. Crew Chief Chris Gayle returns with Jones to lead the team on their quest for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship.
The Byron, Michigan native has accomplished many milestones in his 22 years, already leaving his name in the NASCAR history books. During his debut season in the Cup Series, he earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year, becoming the first driver to win the honor in all three of NASCAR top series (MENCS – 2017, NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) – 2016, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) – 2015). Jones also won the 2015 NCWTS Championship, making him the youngest champion in the series.
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Erik Jones made his MENCS debut in 2015, filling in for the injured Kyle Busch at Kansas Speedway on May 9, 2015. Later that season, he filled in for Matt Kenseth at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. His start in the Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2015, coupled with his NXS and NCWTS races the same weekend, made him the youngest driver to ever complete triple duty.
Skipping the 2016 season and focusing on his full-time NXS season, Jones returned to MENCS competition in 2017 for his rookie season, earning him the title of Rookie of the Year.
Jones made the move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 to take over the coveted No. 20 Toyota Camry. Starting the season running consistently in the top 15 and earning a string of strong top-10 finishes, he captured his first career win at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2018. He continued to improve through the second half of the season and became a consistent face in the top five. To kick off the 2018 playoffs, Jones earned his only pole of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He finished the 2018 season 15th in the point standings on the helm of one win and had nine top-five finishes, 18 top-10 finishes, one pole, and 99 laps led.
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