Brooklyn, MI – For a while, it looked like Erik Jones would get his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Jones, was up front for most of the day, even leading five laps in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 and was second in his No. 77 Toyota coming to the final restart.
Unfortunately, his Furniture Row Racing teammate of Martin Truex Jr. was just too strong over the second half of the race at the Michigan International Speedway, as was Kyle Larson in the end.
Larson, shot out of a cannon on that final restart and took the win. Truex, pulled away and tried to chase him down.
Unfortunately, Jones was next best in class.
He’d finish third on Sunday, tying his best career Cup result. He’d finish third at Pocono back in June too.
But, where Jones is beginning to really get noticed now is that this was his third straight top 10 finish and fifth top 10 over the last seven races. That has him peaking at the right now and in a position to steal a win over the next three races and get himself into the playoffs.
If he wants a shot at the championship, he needs to win too. He’s currently 130 points out with just Bristol, Darlington and Richmond left in the regular season. That’s too far behind to make up that much ground to make the playoffs on points alone.
So, Jones needs to keep this momentum going and try to find victory lane as a result.