Truex Jr. Driver To Watch In Charlotte, Hamlin And Jones In Must Win Situation

When the checkered flag flies in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, there very well could be just two Toyota’s left standing among the 12 eligible championship participants. Toyota drivers have won 12 of the 28 races this season, trailing over Ford (15) in terms of victories for 2018 in the Cup Series. To have just two drivers left heading into the Round of 12 would be shocking to say the least. 

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Hamlin and Jones In Trouble In Opening Round of Playoffs

RICHMOND, VA – Who would have thought that Joe Gibbs Racing could have not one, but two drivers fail to advance past the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. If you count Daniel Suarez not making the postseason, then 75-percent of their fleet could be eliminated from championship contention before we even get to the second round of the playoffs. No one saw this coming. 

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Harvick Slams Goodyear Tires After He And Jones Crash On Lap 147

Good think Kevin Harvick had all of those playoff points accumulated during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, because in the first race of the playoffs, his day ended with his second to worst finish of the year. Harvick, cut a tire on Lap 147 of Sunday’s South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and got into the wall in Turn 2. Unfortunately, Erik Jones didn’t have enough time to slow down and his No. 20 Toyota slammed into the back of Harvick’s No. 4 Ford.…

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Jones’ Momentum Has Him As Vegas Favorite

Cash in while the iron is hot. Erik Jones’ odds to win Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is +1400. Vegas, coincidentally enough the site of this weekend’s race, has five drivers ranked ahead of him in terms of winning this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener. In terms of his odds to win the championship this year? 

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Jones Earns South Point 400 Pole (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

For the second time of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Erik Jones earned the Busch Pole Award. Jones, circled the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an average speed of 187.911 mph on Friday evening for his first pole for the 2018 season and first since his initial pole in Aug. 2017 at Bristol. Jones, is arguably one of the hottest drivers in the series right now as the 22 year old enters Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with three straight top eight finishes…

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Jones Keeps Momentum Going With Runner-Up Finish In Monday’s Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the hottest drivers heading into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is Erik Jones. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver brought his No. 20 Toyota home runner-up in Monday’s rain delayed Brickyard 400 for his third straight top eight finish on the season and ninth top eight over the last 11 races overall. In terms of average finishing position among all the top Cup Series drivers in that time frame, Jones is among the best. 

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Erik Jones, Kurt Busch And Chase Elliott Extend Hot Streaks Through Sunday’s Southern 500

Three of the hottest drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series right now are Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones. In Sunday night’s Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway, all three drivers came away with top 10 finishes on the “Too Tough To Tame” track. This trio has been on top of their games over the last few months and are fighting hard to be among the four drivers that will advance to the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Despite an early uncontrolled tire penalty, Jones rebounded to an…

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Bowman, Jones Top Sleepers For Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

I already released by favorites and sleepers list for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) but I wanted to call out two sleepers a little further. Those drivers are Erik Jones and Alex Bowman. Jones, enters this weekend’s race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway with six top seven finishes over his last eight starts on the season. Including in those finishes is a win last month at Daytona. In this race last year, Jones led 260 laps en route to a third…

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Jones, Suarez Turning Into Road Racing Contenders But Can’t Get Key Victory Sunday

Neither Erik Jones nor Daniel Suarez have much road racing experience. Suarez, came through the NASCAR ranks in Mexico which saw a lot of their races contested on ovals. Jones, well all of his background was on short tracks. So, when NASCAR visits Sonoma and Watkins Glen, neither were initially listed among the favorites. But, as both have now made two starts during their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career on those tracks, we now have to take notice. 

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Christopher Bell Says Full Time Return To XFINITY Series Likely In 2019, Why JGR Has A Good Problem To Have

Christopher Bell’s future is a hot discussed item in the NASCAR world as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is showing to have the talent that it takes to be a star on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level. Unfortunately, the inn is full with JGR in the Cup Series. The only other alternative would be to house him with Furniture Row Racing for a year like they did with Erik Jones in 2017, but FRR has since scaled back to a single car operation and just found out that…

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