Erik Jones DQ’d after finishing fourth at Richmond

Erik Jones now faces a must win situation at the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Roval.

After initially being credit with a fourth place finish behind teammates Martin Truex, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin the driver of the No. 20 car is now credited with a 38th place finish.

Jones is 44 points behind the cutoff line for advancement into the Round of 12.

This is the first disqualification in the Cup Series since NASCAR instituted tough penalties

Jay Fabian, series director, said that Jones’ car failed its pass through the Optical Scanning Station and the issue dealt with the car’s rear-wheel alignment. He indicated inspectors did not find a part designed to fail to gain an advantage during the race.