Erik Jones Hunting Big Prey at Richmond International Raceway
April 26, 2017
Erik Jones and his Furniture Row Racing team have run strong throughout the first part of his 2017 NASCAR Cup Series rookie campaign and continue the hunt for the ultimate success in Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Jones will be driving the No. 77 GameStop Prey Toyota Camry as part of a two-race partnership with the Denver, Colorado-based team. The other race for the program will be June 11 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries.
“After having such a strong Camry last weekend at Bristol, I am definitely ready to get back to the track this weekend at Richmond,” said Jones. “Richmond is another short track and short tracks have always been good tracks for me. I’ve run Richmond a few times in the XFINITY Series and always run well and even came close to getting a win last fall. The 77 Camry has been fast all year and I know this weekend will be no different.”
While Jones makes his Richmond International Raceway debut in the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend, he has already achieved encouraging success there in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He earned the pole position for last April’s race and finished runner-up to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch last September. In all, Jones has earned three top-five finishes and one pole in just four starts.
The 20-year-old Byron, Mich., native is currently 12th in the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series driver standings after his 17th-place finish April 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His 192 points place him 22 behind Kyle Busch for 11th and 36 behind Ryan Blaney for 10th. Jones is second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, two points behind Toyota Racing teammate Daniel Suarez.
“Everyone on the 77 Furniture Row Racing team is ready for the finishes we deserve,” Jones continued. “We just need a little luck to finish races where we run early on and throughout the day. If we can put all the pieces together, we should be able to run up front and contend for a top five again this weekend in the No. 77 GameStop Prey Toyota Camry.”
Driving a GameStop-branded NASCAR XFINITY Series Toyota Camry, Jones has earned three victories, seven pole positions, 15 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes.
The Toyota Owners 400 will consist of three stages of 100/100/200 laps. In each of the first two stages, drivers finishing in the top-10 will receive championship points (10 to 1) with the winner receiving one playoff point. The overall race winner will earn 40 championship points and five playoff points. Playoff points accumulated during the season will carry through the first three of the four playoff rounds.
Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 will air live beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Fox network, SiriusXM 90 and MRN. Qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) is scheduled for Friday at 4:45 p.m. ET on FS1.