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NASCAR will not penalize Erik Jones for standing down

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR has announced that they will not penalize the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 team for standing down on Sunday. Driver Erik Jones also was not penalized.

It was clear as day that Jones was given orders not to pass teammate Denny Hamlin on Sunday at Martinsville. By not passing Hamlin, it gave the FedEx driver enough points to advance to the Championship 4.

“After conducting a review of the on-track competition and 20 team radio communication from Sunday’s race at Martinsville, NASCAR will not issue any penalties to the 20 team,” NASCAR said.

Jones finished 12th in the second-to-last race of the season. Hamlin finished one slot ahead of Jones for the 11th spot.

“He’s blocking you because he needs the points.” the team communication said. “It’s really tight between the 11, 2 and the 4. Don’t pass him Jones.”

As a result of Jones standing down and not passing Hamlin, the 39-year-old is in the mix for his first NASCAR Cup Series Championship. He’ll be joined by Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano.

Of the final four drivers, only Logano and Keselowski have won Championships. Keselowski won the 2012 Championship, while Logano won the Championship in 2018.

Jones was fired by Joe Gibbs Racing in August. Despite being fired, he will finish the season with the team, before being replaced by Christopher Bell for the 2021 season.

Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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