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Erik Jones Drives the No. 20 NarcolepsyLink.com Toyota at Chicagoland Speedway

No. 20 NarcolepsyLink.com Toyota News and Notes:

  • JONES LOOKING TO CARRY MOMENTUM FROM TRUCK SERIES WIN INTO NATIONWIDE SERIES DEBUT: 18-year-old Erik Jones will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut behind the wheel of the No. 20 NarcolepsyLink.com Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday night’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. The Michigan native will be looking to carry the momentum of his hard-fought victory in the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway last Friday night into a successful debut in NASCAR’s second division this weekend. Jones, driving the No. 51 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports, led a race-high 131 laps and held off a hard-charging Ryan Blaney in the closing laps to pick up his second career Truck Series victory in just his ninth series start. Last November at Phoenix International Raceway, Jones became the youngest winner in the history of the Truck Series when at the age of 17 years, five months and nine days old, he led a race-high 84 laps en route to the victory.
  • LUCKY SEVENTH: Jones will be the seventh different driver to make a start behind the wheel of the No. 20 Camry in 2014. Matt Kenseth has made 11 starts for the team this season, while Darrell Wallace Jr. has two starts and Kenny Habul, Sam Hornish Jr., Michael McDowell and Daniel Suarez each have made one appearance. This weekend’s event is one of three scheduled for Jones this season with the No. 20 team. He will also be behind the wheel for short track-action at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22 and at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 8. The three-race Nationwide Series gig for JGR compliments his limited schedule in the Truck Series, where he has eight races remaining on his 12-race schedule in the No. 51 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
  • JGR AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 35 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway, with four wins, nine top-five finishes, 20 top-10 finishes, an average start of 9.3 and average finish of 11.8. The team has four poles and has led 867 laps on their way to completing 6,880 of 7,008 attempted laps (98.2%). Kyle Busch has collected three of JGR’s wins (2008, 2010 and 2013) and Joey Logano scored the other (2009).
  • POINTS UPDATE: After 17 races this season, the No. 20 Camry team currently ranks seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner Point Standings, 132 points out of first. The team has produced six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 2014. Sam Hornish Jr. registered a season-best second-place result for the team at Michigan International Speedway in June.
  • KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Keep up with Jones’ latest happenings through social media on both Twitter and Instagram via @erik_jones and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ErikJonesRacing.
  • RACE INFO: The EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July, 19, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ESPN2, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
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Darrell Wallace, Jr. Will Drive the No. 20 ‘Share a Coke’ Toyota Camry at Daytona

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Darrell Wallace, Jr. will pilot the No. 20 ‘Share a Coke’ Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, July 4, 2014.

The start will mark Wallace’s second NNS race of the season in the No. 20 Camry. His only other start this season was at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3. Wallace started the race from the third position behind Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Sam Hornish, Jr. and Elliott Sadler. After running the early part of the race solidly in the top 10, an incident in turn four on lap 45 collected Wallace and resulted in a disappointing 31st-place finish.

In addition to his NNS starts this season, Wallace has seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts this year. The NCWTS most recently competed at Gateway Motorsports Park where Wallace led a race-high 85 of 160 laps on his way to earning his second-career NCWTS win. Overall, he has compiled seven NCWTS starts this season with one win, two top-five finishes, three top-10 finishes, has led 119 laps and has an average start of 10.4 and average finish of 13.7.
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SunEnergy1 Sponsors Four NASCAR Nationwide Races

Matt Kenseth, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kenny Habul to Pilot No. 20 SunEnergy1 Toyota

Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that SunEnergy1 will sponsor four NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season with Matt Kenseth, Sam Hornish and SunEnergy1 CEO Kenny Habul sharing the driving duties.

Hornish will pilot SunEnergy1’s debut race next weekend at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, while accomplished road racer Habul goes behind the wheel on the road courses of Road America and Mid-Ohio on June 21 and August 16 respectively. Kenseth will handle the driving duties in Atlanta on August 30. Read more

Matt Kenseth Wins a 2013 Wisconsin Sports Award!

Green Bay Packers, Germantown Boys Basketball, Whitewater Football Dominate List of
2013 Winners at Third Annual Wisconsin Sports Awards

Good Karma Broadcasting’s ESPN Wisconsin announces the winners of the 2013 Wisconsin Sports Awards. The event, which took place Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Kern Center in Milwaukee, included appearances by Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Mike McCarthy and Bo Ryan. Following are the complete list of winners:
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Darrell Wallace, Jr. Joins Lineup for No. 20 Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series

Set to Make First NNS Start of 2014 at Talladega Superspeedway

Darrell Wallace, Jr. is set to make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start of the 2014 season at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 3, behind the wheel of the No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). The start will mark the 20-year-old’s fifth-career start in the series.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity for Darrell in Talladega,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has been doing a great job in the truck series with his KBM team and we want to make sure he continues to gain experience in our Nationwide Series cars as well.”

In his previous four starts in the Nationwide Series, Wallace earned one pole (Dover International Speedway) and three top-10 finishes in 2011. His worst finish in those four starts is 12th at Dover after contact on the last restart late in the race took him out of contention for a top finish.

“It’s good to be back behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series,” said Wallace. “I’m excited to work with Kevin Kidd and all the guys on this Nationwide Series team. I know they have a good Toyota Camry and Matt (Kenseth) has been running it all season long and posted good finishes. Hopefully we can go out there, stay out of harm’s way and add to that by posting a good, strong finish at Talladega for the No. 20 ToyotaCare team.”

Wallace currently competes full time in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) where after two races this season, he has one second-place finish and is eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) point standings.

In his only start at Talladega Superspeedway during the 2013 NCWTS season, Wallace started the race in his No. 54 Toyota Tundra from the 10th position and was poised for a solid finish before being caught in the ‘Big One’ on the final lap exiting turn four. Wallace took the white flag from the fifth position, but once the dust settled from the last lap incident, he was credited with a 17th-place finish.

Wallace joins Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez, who is set to make his series debut at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, as drivers of the No. 20 JGR Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.