Erik Jones through the years
By Kathy Sheldon | Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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A fresh-faced, 16-year-old Erik Jones made his NASCAR national series debut driving the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' Kroger 250 on April 6, 2013 at Martinsville Speedway.
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In his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race -- and his final race of five with KBM in 2013 -- Erik Jones captured his first checkered flag in a national series race. Leading 84 of 150 laps, he won the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix.
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In the first award of Erik Jones' sweep of the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Awards throughout all three series, he joins Daniel Suarez during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series awards banquet on November 23, 2015. Jones won the Truck Series rookie honors, and Suarez won the award in the Xfinity Series.
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Erik Jones sealed his first victory of the 2016 Xfinity Series season at Bristol Motor Speedway. The celebration was tempered by Jones' announcement that his father was fighting cancer.
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Erik Jones' father, Dave, passed away June 7, 2016. At the Menard's 250 on June 11 at Michigan International Speedway, Jones honored his father with a sticker above his door.
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Erik Jones put together an amazing 2016 Xfinity Series season, including four victories -- the final one here at Chicagoland Speedway.
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Nine poles helped put Jones in position to capture the Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
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After driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series, Erik Jones moved to Furniture Row Racing in 2017 as the team added the No. 77 Toyota as a second entry alongside Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 78.
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Erik Jones captured his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pole Award for the Bristol Night Race in August 2017.
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Speaking of awards, Erik Jones accepted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' Sunoco Rookie of the Year award at the NMPA Myers Brothers Awards in 2017.
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Erik Jones' dog, Oscar, has captured fans, as well. Oscar became a Jones family member in June 2017 and joined his master on "Trackside Live" at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2018, nearly stealing the show.
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Back with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018, Erik Jones took over driving duties for the No. 20 Toyota.
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In 2018, Erik Jones broke through for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
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In another first for the young driver, Erik Jones qualified for his first Monster Energy Series NASCAR Playoffs, joining fellow Toyota drivers Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.
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Though he didn't advance from the Round of 16, Erik Jones celebrated with the other NASCAR Playoffs drivers in Las Vegas during Champion's Week after a breakthrough season.