If Erik Jones wants to make the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, he will need to win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL next weekend.
Following a fourth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, Jones’ No. 20 Toyota Camry failed post-race inspection. It was determined that the rear wheel steer was not within the proper compliance.
To keep the playoffs fair, each driver who is qualified goes through the Optical Scanning Station post-race, with the top two finishers in the event being tore down for a full inspection.
As a result, Jones was moved to last in the finishing results from the event.
“We’ve set the standard early in the year in what we expect, and teams have done a good job reacting to that,” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series director Jay Fabian said. “I think obviously as the pressure mounts and the season goes on, it doesn’t surprise me to see them pushing a little further and trying to get a little more out of their stuff, and like I say, sometimes it just crosses that line a little bit, and that’s all you need to fail.”
If Jones would have been credited with a fourth-place finish, he could have entered the ROVAL just three points behind William Byron for the final position in the Round of 12. However, he instead will be 45 points behind, requiring a win to advance.
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