NASCAR: Erik Jones pickle to reach back to Cup Series at Darlington

Nick Bromberg

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE - MARCH 16: Erik Jones, driver of the #43 AdventHealth Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series  Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2024 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Erik Jones is pickle to reach back to the NASCAR Cup Series after a two-bustle absence due to the a back damage. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Erik Jones would per chance be back in his No. 43 automobile at Darlington.

Legacy Motor Membership presented Thursday that Jones had been cleared to reach back to the NASCAR Cup Series after suffering a spinal compression break in a break at Talladega. Nonetheless, he won’t be back in the auto on Sunday at Kansas.

“Erik Jones has been cleared to bustle by clinical doctors and accredited to reach back by NASCAR, but out an abundance of warning, the personnel has opted for Jones to relaxation for yet every other match,” Legacy said in a press release.

The personnel added that Jones will relieve Sunday’s bustle at Kansas like he did at Dover.

Jones said in a submit on social media that he agreed with Legacy Motor Membership’s decision to protect him out of the auto for yet every other week.

I agree with @LEGACYMotorClub‘s decision to issue faithful relaxation sooner than I come back in the auto. I would per chance be in Kansas this weekend to continue to reinforce the No. 43 personnel and @CoreyHeim_ and I peer forward to being back in the back of the wheel at Darlington.

— Erik Jones (@Erik_Jones) May per chance presumably additionally 2, 2024

Jones became changed by Truck Series driver Corey Heim at Dover, and Heim will pressure in Jones’ situation all every other time at Kansas. Heim certified 32nd for his first Cup Series open and completed 25th per week ago.

When he returns on May per chance presumably additionally 12 at Darlington, Jones would per chance be eligible to make the playoffs if he wins a bustle throughout the typical season. NASCAR has given him a waiver to make him playoff-eligible despite lacking races.

Heading into Kansas, Jones is 23rd in the standings and would per chance tumble to 29th and even 30th. He’s ethical 18 parts earlier than 28th situation and 24 parts earlier than 30th. His low situation in the standings after lacking two races arrangement or now not it’s highly now not probably he’d be ready to make the playoffs by parts.

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