Jones Trying to Keep Up

Erik Jones

"We're not looking for top 10s. We're looking to try to go out there and snag a win." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Erik Jones continues his quest for a playoff berth in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The Furniture Row Racing rookie sits 18th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with only four races left in the regular season. Jones is a longshot to get into the post-season, trailing Matt Kenseth by 160 points in the chase for the final spot. His best bet remains scoring his first career series win.

"When you look at the schedule we feel like we've got some good tracks coming up,” Jones said.  “Michigan will be a good one for us, and especially I think we've all got Bristol circled as a team.  We ran really well there in the spring.  We didn't get the finish we wanted, but we had a really fast race car.  We've kind of got that one circled, but the strategy has definitely been aggressive. We're not looking for top 10s. We're looking to try to go out there and snag a win.”

Jones has confidence in the Toyota program as his rookie season rolls on. He'll stay in the Camry stable next year when he moves from FRR to Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Toyota has really come around here this part of the season I feel like,” Jones said. “We've been really strong now for about the last month.  We've had some really fast 5-hour ENERGY Toyotas and had an opportunity to win as a whole a number of races.  Being in fast race cars is always a welcome opportunity, obviously, and the start of the year we had fast race cars, but they just weren't -- I wouldn't say they were near as good as they are now.”

The Byron, Mich., native gets a chance to run at his home track this weekend. It’s an opportunity he’s embracing rather than putting any undue pressure on himself or his team to perform.

"I came home to Michigan after the race in Watkins Glen to spend the week up here," Jones said. "It's cool to be racing at home. I stay in the house I grew up in. A lot of friends and family come down to support me. For some, it's the only race they can make it to throughout the year. Hopefully, I'll have a good run for them."

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" will have live coverage of Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, beginning at 2 p.m. (ET) - with live streaming at MRN.com and on the MRN App. 

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