David Ragan’s run in the No. 18 Toyota Camry came to an end on Sunday at Talladega. Ragan now moves onto the seat of the No. 55 Toyota Camry at Michael Waltrip Racing which leaves Erik Jones assuming the seat of the Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
With Jones getting behind the wheel of the No. 18 car at Kansas many assumed he was the preferred driver of JGR until Kyle Busch could return. If that is the case no one has told the youngster.
“For right now, Kansas is the only race I’ve got in the 18 so beyond that I honestly don’t know. Sure, I’d love to run it again. I think it would be fun, but we’ll really just have to see how things go. I’m just going to run Kansas, do my deal there, do the best I can and see what happens,” said Jones in a meeting with the press.
“Honestly, just Kansas at this point, that’s all I heard. I’ve seen it too and I saw it 20 minutes ago where it says, ‘Until he (Kyle Busch) returns.’ Honestly, Kansas is the only one I know of right now.”
Jones got his first taste of racing at the Sprint Cup level when he replaced Denny Hamlin earlier this season. He said getting behind the wheel at Kansas is all about experience.
“For me, it’s really all seat time and experience. I think keeping our expectations realistic is a pretty big thing for us. If we can go run top-15, I’d feel like that would be a pretty big win for us. It’s a big step. We’ve talked a lot about it. I’ve talked with Adam Stevens (18 crew chief) a lot about it and kind of what the jump is and talked to Kyle (Busch) about it. It’s not going to be an easy step for anybody, but I really believe we can go run top-15 and if we can do that, I think that would be a good day.”