Erik Jones Spins in Practice, Will Not Go To Back-Up

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By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor

KANSAS CITY, Kan — During the first of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions at Kansas Speedway, Erik Jones spun at the exit of turn four and down into the frontstretch grass. This happened despite the fact that Jones’ time of 29.253 was third quickest on the speed chart.

“Well I was just a little bit free and I moved up a little bit in (turns) three and four to try to keep the lap time in it and it started getting away from me some and eventually just had to kind of give up on it,” said Jones. “It’s already getting too free and there was kind of no coming back. So just gave up, spun out and you know after that luckily we didn’t really catch the grass too bad and didn’t get too much damage. We’ll get if fixed up and get back out for second practice.”

Even though the No. 77 car did sustain some damage, the team did not elect to go to a back-up car.

“You never want to roll a backup out, so it’s nice to have the same car,” Jones continued. “Fortunately, we have minimal damage, a little bit of side skirt work, so we’ll get it back going. I think it’s a fast car really, we just got to get it tuned up a little bit and we’ll be just fine.”

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