Kentucky Favorite Erik Jones Wrapped Up in Late-Race Crashby Kyle Pokrefky September 25, 2016 0 comments
SPARTA, Ky. — Erik Jones was the leader of each and every on-track session leading into Saturday night’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway, yet was unable to top the scoring pylon at the conclusion of the race.
The driver of the No. 20 GameStop/Overwatch Toyota was wrapped up in a Lap 189 accident with fellow XFINITY Series Chase driver Ty Dillon in an incident that relegated Jones to a 28th-place finish.
Recapping the cause of his late incident, the pole-sitter of the race stated that his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota got loose underneath him entering Turn 3.
“I just got loose into Turn 3 and couldn’t hang on to it – that was the second time that happened,” Jones said. “Ty was on us pretty tight and put us in a bad situation getting into 3 and I did all I could just to slow down and stay off of him.
“It’s unfortunate, we had a fast car and one that could have won the race but we just couldn’t get it sorted out on the restarts. It’s unfortunate, but that’s racing.”
Jones’s incident was the 12th caution of a record-breaking night for Kentucky in a race that was well-noted for its aggression.
Continuing on with media after exiting the infield care center, Jones was none too happy with the overall tone of the race.
“I don’t know – it’s tough to pass, sure, but I wasn’t having any trouble getting singled out and working around cars,” he stated. “I think at times people were a little overaggressive. There were times where we were four-wide for no reason on the frontstretch.
“Caused a lot of wrecks and it’s kind of embarrassing to have that many wrecks in this series, and we were one of them. It’s just unfortunate and nobody wants to be in a situation like that.”
Jones heads into next Saturday’s Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway in a bit of a precarious position as he’s currently four points out of a transfer spot in the Chase’s Round of 8.
This year’s May winner at Dover is feeling rather upbeat heading into next Saturday’s race though as he feels that he has a chance to strike back at either Dover or Charlotte Motor Speedway with a win.
“I think we could win either one of them,” Jones stated. “I think we can win anytime we come to the race track, but we beat ourselves a lot this year and we did it again tonight and that’s unfortunate. It’s my fault.
We’re back there in traffic and just got sucked around. It’s a bummer for sure. We didn’t want to end our night like that and we’ll just have to race really well at the next couple.”
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