Jones' Playoff Hopes Hit

Erik Jones

"It’s going to be real tough to make the playoffs. We were really working hard to get into contention." (Photo: Getty Images)


Erik Jones had an early exit from Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway seriously damaging his hopes to make the playoffs.

The Furniture Row Racing driver made contact on pit road with both Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin on lap 38. When the race returned to green flag conditions, Jones had a tire blow on lap 41 sending him into the wall and out of the race.

“Disappointing day for sure, you know,” Jones said after leaving the infield care center. “We had a good car to fire off and it’s unfortunate made a little contact there with the 5 and the 11 on pit road.

“We thought we were okay and unfortunately (lost) the right front or left front into three and it ended our day.”

Jones, who will finish his freshman season with Furniture Row Racing before moving to take Matt Kenseth’s seat at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018, came into the New Hampshire weekend 14th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings. He continues to eye a possible playoff berth, but without winning a race Sunday’s finish will make it an almost impossible task.

“It’s going to be real tough to make the playoffs,” Jones said. “We were really working hard to get into contention. We didn’t need a day like this. We just have to keep working hard and hope we have a shot over the next few races.”


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