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NASCAR Cup: Erik Jones hits crossover stairs

Erik Jones (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Erik Jones (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones ran double-duty at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., last weekend, and even though rain forced the cancellation of NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying and both Cup Series practice sessions Saturday, the night’s rain-delayed Drive for the Cure 300 Xfinity Series race wasn’t Jones’ first time on-track Saturday. And his first stint in a car on the track didn’t exactly go off without a hitch.

Jones climbed into a Toyota Camry for NBC on Saturday morning to record a segment in which he’d explain a lap around the Charlotte track to be aired during Sunday’s pre-race coverage of that day’s Bank of America 500 Cup Series race. But for Jones’ tutorial lap Saturday, the stairs to access a crossover gate was left in place.

Jones was told via radio communication that the track was clear and he was cleared to proceed with his lap. But with the stairs inadvertently left he place, Jones clipped them, causing slight damage to the car. He was uninjured.

“I went out to make some laps, and apparently, the ladder was still out there to get up across the front stretch,” Jones said. “I never really knew what I hit. I didn’t think it was that big; honestly, it didn’t sound that big. But, yeah, it was pretty exciting, and I am sure it tore the car up; it can’t be in good shape.

Jones was unable to see the stairs from inside the car, as their gray aluminum color blended with the track surface. His speed at impact was, reportedly, approximately 155 mph.

“It definitely was a surprise,” Jones said. “I knew I’d hit something,  obviously, but had no idea what it was or that it was as big as it was. I would have never guessed it was some stairs. It was definitely a weird way to start the day.”

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