MODERATOR: We're now joined by Erik
Jones, who finished third in today's race in the No. 20 Craftsman
We'll go straight to questions
Q. In the last couple of races
you have been on a run, not finishing any worse than eighth. How
good does that feel with the season you've had?
ERIK JONES: That's nice. I
think we've had our share of ups and downs. Definitely more ups in
the last month and a half than downs. So that's good.
We're doing what we're supposed
to do, up and running in the top five each and every week. I think
Vegas even we could have run in the top five had things worked out a
little bit differently at the end of the race.
We're right there. We want to
win a race bad. We just haven't had quite enough speed at some of
these places to really cap it off. Today we got kind of lucky with
the pit call there at the end and got some good track position with
Overall, though, it feels good.
I'm still hunting to finish up my plans for next year. I think
every good run doesn't hurt. Can only make things a little easier.
Q. What do you attribute these
better finishes to? Do you feel like you're running better or
things are falling your way?
ERIK JONES: I think things are
just falling our way. Our cars have been a little bit better, but
it's nothing light-years ahead of anything we've done all year
really. I just think we had some crazy circumstances through the
year. Some of it was our own doing, some of it was just mistakes on
pit road or mistakes on my part.
The last month has just been
smooth. We haven't made any mistakes really. We've had some things
not go our way, but we've had some things that did and made up for
mistakes or things that didn't go our way early in the race.
Even today, the car didn't start
before the race, had to start dead last, drove up to the front. Got
caught behind the 2 when he spun out, lost a ton of track position.
Drove back up front again.
I don't know. I think there's
definitely some better things that are falling for us, whatever that
may be. I don't know that we're really doing anything a whole lot
different than what we've done.
Q. You mentioned this recent
string of finishes. Do you think it's too late in the game for
these finishes to mean anything for next season or do you think it's
never too late to try to get some better runs?
ERIK JONES: I don't think it's
ever too late. I think any time you can help your stock is good.
I've ran good on every style of track. Talladega and Bristol, Las
Vegas, the road course today. I don't know. Obviously I wish I
would have won 'em all.
I don't know what more to do.
Sometimes we run really strong, I feel like I hope I get a good ride
next year. Still working hard at it. Still trying to work things
out. But we're heading in the right direction on a lot of things,
It's frustrating sometimes when
you think about it. You run up front, I know we haven't won a race
this year, but it's tough sitting in this spot being out of a ride,
not having one set up so far.
Q. You've been really good with
us in the past about telling us, when you could, how things were
going to be. Do you have any type of estimate or timeline of when
you'll be able to let us know what your plans are for 2021?
ERIK JONES: Yeah, I mean, to be
completely as transparent as I can be, I really think we'll have
something done this week. Not saying that that means we're going to
announce anything. We're definitely really close I think of working
something out. Hopefully we can get that done.
I think that would be good.
We're getting there for sure. I obviously can't say everything. I
wish I could be totally open, but there's some things you can't
say. We're getting close, though. I can tell you that.
THE MODERATOR: Erik, good luck
next week in Kansas. Thanks for joining us.
ERIK JONES: Yup. Thanks, guys.