Going into the final race of the regular season, the only chance that Erik Jones had of qualifying for the 2020 Cup Series Playoffs was by winning the race at Daytona International Speedway, but the wreck caused Tyler Reddick finished Jones’ hope.
With just eight laps to go, Erik was running third. But Reddick performed an aggressive move by forcing his way ahead of Kyle Busch due to which his car hit the wall. This, in turn, created a chain of wreck with Jones one of them. Speaking to NBC after the race, Jones said:
“He (Tyler Reddick) wasn’t clear. Kyle (Busch) let him in, number one, to not cause a wreck and then he ran into the wall and wrecked everybody behind him. It’s frustrating. He had way too much speed to try to make that move up the hill with the grip that is left in the tires. We had a lot of laps on them.
“It’s unfortunate. He wrecked us a Pocono, and then to have this happen, you know, two times making racing moves that were not going to work out. Unfortunately, it was to the determent of us today. The Auto Owners Camry was pretty fast. We were up front. I think we were running third when we got wrecked, so we had a shot. We needed to win — we were there, we just didn’t get it done.”
Jones still has to find a ride for the 2021 season after Joe Gibbs Racing decided not to extend his contract beyond 2020.