By Michael Guzman, Contributing Writer
Hampton, GA – Running just his fifth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Erik Jones impressed early during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 but couldn’t capitalize when it counted.
Jones, who ran near the front of the field throughout the race despite starting in 23rd position, ranked as the third highest finishing Toyota behind only Matt Kenseth’s comeback charge and his teammate Martin Truex Jr.
“I thought we had a seventh to ninth place car probably most of the day,” a frustrated Jones said following the race. “Ran around there, probably a little bit farther back; came in and put tires on, just got too tight. Not sure why.”
The Michigan native nearly topped his career-best finish with a 14th place run, and the timing could not have been better for Jones, as he is now able to put a one point performance at the Daytona 500 further in the rear view mirror.
“It’s nice to just get settled in, you know?” Jones added. “When you go to Daytona and Talladega they’re really they’re own animals then you come here and you really get to see what you’ve got for the year.”