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Erik Jones signs contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing

Erik Jones has signed a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing, the organization announced Friday.

Jones will continue to drive the No. 20 Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 alongside teammates Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.

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“I’m so happy to finally have my plans for 2020 confirmed and to talk about it,” Jones said in a team release. “I’m excited to be staying with Joe Gibbs Racing and the 20 team and to continue the success that we have built over the last two years in the Cup Series. I put my heart and soul into this and this race team. This is my living and how I want to make a career and what I want to do. I’ve been racing with JGR since 2014 and it’s really cool to be able to continue with the foundation we’ve built over the years and hopefully win more races and contend for championships together.”

Running in his third full-time Monster Energy Series season and second with JGR after moving from Furniture Row Racing in 2018, Jones has recorded two victories at NASCAR’s premier level — the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in July 2018 at Daytona International Speedway and the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington earlier this month.

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Jones is the only driver in Cup Series history to have his first two wins occur at Daytona and Darlington. The 23-year-old Byron, Michigan, native qualified for the NASCAR Playoffs for the second consecutive season thanks to that win at Darlington.

Jones began his NASCAR national series career with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, earning seven victories and the 2015 championship. He moved up to the Xfinity Series with JGR for a full-time stint in 2016. Jones has recorded nine Xfinity race wins.

“Erik has accomplished so much in our sport already and yet, he really is just at the start of a long career,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He’s been a part of Joe Gibbs Racing for almost his entire professional career and we’re excited to see what the future holds for him.”