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Jones Looking for Miracle Win at Richmond

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One team, in particular, has shown increased speed and performance throughout the summer. I’m referring to the 77 Furniture Row Racing team of rookie Erik Jones. The Byron, Michigan native has appeared to be on track to his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win for the past several weeks. Can the 21-year-old pull of an upset win at Richmond? This feat would secure his position in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs.

Jones’ Season So Far

Coming into 2017, Erik Jones was considered to be a prime contender for Rookie of the Year honors. After a season-long fight for this title with Daniel Suarez, it’s still unsure who will take this crown. Jones has had an incredibly quiet and consistent season for a rookie. Through 25 races, he has 10 top 10s, including the last 5 straight races. His career best finish of 2nd came at Bristol last month, after starting on the pole and leading 260 laps. He is currently 14th in the driver’s standings but finds himself 18th in the Playoffs. He is on the outside looking in, and only a win in the regular season finale Saturday night at Richmond will send Jones to the Playoffs.

Team 77’s Odds at Richmond

In his only start at Richmond in the spring, Jones started 20th and finished 38th after an early incident. However, with the speed and momentum the 77 team has, a win is not impossible. When compared to other drivers in must-win scenarios, Jones is looking to be in the best position to steal a Playoff spot. Others who have to win Richmond to make the Playoffs include Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, and Dale Jr.

As is always the case, the Richmond race will be pressure packed for a select few drivers and teams. But, with the advent of stage racing and Playoff bonus points this year, every driver has something to race for. Points from this race can be the difference for someone transferring onto the next round of the Playoffs or being eliminated.  In short, Saturday night’s race at Richmond will be a must-see event, to see who will get the final 3 Playoff positions. The Federated Auto Parts 400 will be live on NBCSN, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with coverage starting at 7 PM EST.

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