Erik Jones to Compete in Xfinity Series at Watkins Glen With Jordan Anderson Racing

Published 08/03/2021, 10:35 AM EDT
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric (18) and Austin Cindric (22) lead the field to start the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR) team have been very busy in the last week or so. On the back of announcing Sage Karam as their driver for the race at Indianapolis, the outfit made yet another announcement: Richard Petty Motorsports driver Erik Jones will compete for the team in the #31 Xfinity Series car at Watkins Glen International.

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Jones said, “I am thankful for the opportunity to join a JAR line-up of some very talented drivers. It will be great to return to the Xfinity Series behind the wheel of the No. 31 Camaro at Watkins Glen. With my past experience there I am hopeful we will be able to garner a great finish.”

The 25-year-old is in his fifth full season in the NASCAR Cup Series and has 169 starts under his belt. Among them, he has reached Victory Lane on two occasions, namely at the Daytona International Speedway and Darlington Raceway. In addition to that, he also boasts of 33 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes.

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Jones is best known for becoming the first driver ever to win Rookie of the Year honors in the Cup, Truck, and Xfinity Series. First on the hit list was the Truck Series in 2015, where he also took the title. A year later, he went on to finish fourth in the Xfinity Series, chalking up nine wins, 37 top-five, and 50 top-10 finishes.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Erik Jones, driver of the #20 DEWALT Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

It is also worth mentioning that Jones has primarily competed on ovals, with a handful of road course races under his belt. The good news is that he has adapted well to the road course scene, particularly at Watkins Glen. In the Cup arena, Jones boasts of an average finish of 6.33 and a best of fourth in 2019.

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Coming to Jordan Anderson Racing, the fledgling organization enjoyed four career top-ten finishes. In addition to that, the team also recorded a best finish of second at the 2020 and 2021 NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona. For the coming weekend at Watkins Glen, Jones will link up with crew chief Arthur Haire.

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