Erik Jones was able to overcome a day of challenges to finish third in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
A pit road speeding penalty, contact on pit road and a near penalty coming in for a last stop were all part of Jones’ day on Sunday.
“Yeah, it was kind of a sloppy day in my opinion, but it was a good day,” Jones said. “Got good stage points in the first stage and finished well at the end. But the Stanley Camry was good. All day I felt like we were close, we just needed to get up front and never quite did it and never quite got the lead, but we were there.”
Jones put another top-five in the books with his second straight third-place finish after ending up in the same spot last week at Kentucky Speedway.
“Again, up in the top five you can’t complain, and especially with the points we gained today, it’s good,” Jones said. “We can definitely get more aggressive with that gap. We’re getting close there to having almost a race on them; if we can have a couple more good weeks we’ll be there.”
The finish keeps Jones 28 points inside the cutline in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings for a playoff spot as the series heads to Pocono Raceway next Sunday.
“It feels better than two points for sure,” Jones said. “You know, it’s getting there. I wish we had a little bit more, and hopefully just get a win here and not have to worry about it. We’re close and we keep finishing up here in the top 3, it’s going to happen.
“We’re going to get there. Just got to keep doing it, and definitely feels I’m going to sleep a lot easier this week with this gap than what we had last week.”