Jones disappointed after Richmond

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

RICHMOND, V.A— After running up towards the front for majority of the Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond Raceway, Erik Jones came up short from being able to move into the NASCAR Playoffs by finishing sixth.

“Well, I was hoping we’d try to make it three wide and make something happen, you know? We were just going to have to bully our way to the front and unfortunately we just didn’t get the chance. I just missed third gear and messed up. I mean, I don’t know if I’ve ever missed a shift before,” said Jones.

Jones was running in the top-five before the second to last caution flew that sent the race into NASCAR Overtime. On the final restart of the race, Jones was going to make an aggressive move, but chose otherwise.

“I was hoping we could bully our way up there for that last restart. Things get pretty wild here. I was going to make a bold move, but didn’t get the chance to. Just really disappointed, disappointed in myself. That’s a big mistake. It cost us a shot at it,” said Jones.

Being under-aggressive on the restart cost Jones the chance for a playoff berth and first career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“It’s just really disappointing. I really hate it for my guys and hate that we didn’t at least get a shot at it. Would have loved to go after it, but the SiriusXM Camry was good all night. We were a top-five car all night. We just didn’t quite find that last little bit of speed we needed, but had the restart we wanted – had the shot we wanted – just didn’t work out.”

Jones will now race for 17th in the driver’s points. After Richmond, he sits in the 18th position, only 10 points behind 17th place driver, Clint Bowyer.

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