Furniture Row’s Erik Jones off to good start in rookie season

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DENVER — Erik Jones’ No. 77 Furniture Row Racing had his best race of the year at Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Finishing eighth, the rookie driver is building momentum each race.

“It gives us a lot of confidence that we are improving each week,” Jones said. “Eventually, we will find ourselves closer to the top of the standings and hopefully start contending for wins as time goes by.”

Erik Jones, 20, is one of two rookie drivers who placed in the top 10 on Sunday. Fellow Toyota driver Daniel Suarez finished seventh.

It’s early, but Jones is getting noticed for his performance on the track.

“It’s great to hear compliments from drivers who I have looked up to for a long time,” he said.

Jones ranks 18th among drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

You can watch the fifth race of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series, the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on FOX31.

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