Though Erik Jones was hardly a constant presence at the front of the field in Sunday’s Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, he was there when it counted.
With teammate Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson trading blows in a dramatic final lap, Jones rolled across the finish line in a relatively quiet sixth place and solidified his 14th-place position in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.
The top-ten result was Jones’ seventh in 17 races this season and his second straight, following a seventh-place run at Sonoma.
“Yeah, I think overall the last two weeks have been really good to us,” Jones said. “Sonoma was a big challenge, and I thought today was going to be a big challenge, with the overall grip level being as low as it was, the track being as hot and slick as it was.
“We did a good job making good adjustments. Overall, we did what needed to do to get a good run and it turned out into a solid top-ten… I felt good. But definitely slick and definitely not my kind of race, but we got a good race out of it.”