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Erik Jones Driver Bio

Birthdate: May 30, 1996
Hometown: Byron, Mich.
Career Poles: 2 (Cup) | 15 (Xfinity) | 7 (Gander Trucks)
Career Wins: 2 (Cup) | 9 (Xfinity) | 7 (Gander Trucks)
Best Championship Finish: 15th-2018 (Cup) 4th-2016 (NXS) | 1st-2015 (Gander Trucks)

In 2013, Erik Jones became the first 16-year old to compete in a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race since team owner Kyle Busch in 2001. He then captured his first win in the Truck Series at Phoenix (age 17 years, five months and eight days) in his fifth start. Later that season Jones became the third driver in history to score back-to-back victories in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., one year after holding off Busch to pick up his first win.

Jones won the 2015 NASCAR Truck Series Championship driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Also that season, Jones picked up wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Texas and Chicagoland and made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway subbing for Kyle Busch.

In 2016, Jones competed full-time in the Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing, scoring four wins en route to a fourth-place finish in the standings.

The 2017 season saw Jones move to the NASCAR Cup Series full-time in a second car at Furniture Row Racing, as Martin Truex Jr.’s teammate. He drove the No. 77 Toyota with sponsorship from 5-hour ENERGY and was named Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Jones missed a playoff berth by fewer than 100 points.

After spending a year at FRR, Jones returned to Joe Gibbs Racing for his sophomore season to drive the No. 20 Toyota and raced his way into the  playoffs for the first time in his career.

Overall, Jones put some impressive numbers on the board in 2018. He posted nine top fives and 18 top 10s – a career most in a season – and attributed much of his success to the tutelage and guidance of crew chief Chris Gayle. The highlight of the year came in the Daytona July race when Jones scored a dramatic win. Jones outran Martin Truex Jr. in a two-lap overtime shootout to take his first career Cup Series checkered flag.

Jones completed his 2019 season by finishing 16th in the Cup Series standings with 17 top 10s and a career-best 10 top fives. He won the prestigious Southern 500 at Darlington to secure his spot in the playoffs.