“It’s going to be actual robust to make the playoffs. We have been actually working onerous to get into rivalry.” (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;


Erik Jones had an early exit from Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway critically damaging his hopes to make the playoffs.

The Furnishings Row Racing driver made contact on pit street with each Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin on lap 38. When the race returned to inexperienced flag circumstances, Jones had a tire blow on lap forty one sending him into the wall and out of the race.

“Disappointing day for positive, you recognize,” Jones stated after leaving the infield care middle. “We had a superb automotive to fireside off and it’s unlucky made a bit of contact there with the 5 and the eleven on pit street.

“We thought we have been okay and sadly (misplaced) the fitting entrance or left entrance into three and it ended our day.”

Jones, who will end his freshman season with Furnishings Row Racing earlier than shifting to take Matt Kenseth’s seat at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018, got here into the New Hampshire weekend 14th within the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection level standings. He continues to eye a attainable playoff berth, however with out profitable a race Sunday’s end will make it an virtually unattainable activity.

“It’s going to be actual robust to make the playoffs,” Jones stated. “We have been actually working onerous to get into rivalry. We didn’t want a day like this. We simply need to hold working arduous and hope we’ve a shot over the subsequent few races.”