Erik Jones acknowledged Sunday that he used to be mildly taken aback when suggested that he wouldn’t return to Joe Gibbs Racing next season, including that he has a “mountainous few opportunities” for 2021.

Jones’ remarks got here in an interview with NBC Sports activities ahead of Sunday’s Customers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway in his house disclose. He acknowledged that he used to be suggested of the organization’s decision Thursday morning; the news broke later that day.

“I used to be blindsided a itsy-bitsy bit,” Jones suggested NBCSN. “I didn’t truly demand it coming from our talks. I concept we had been transferring in a upright direction, nonetheless at the close of the day, I’ve had a mountainous truly eight years practically with Joe Gibbs Racing between Xfinity and Cup, and I’m grateful for that time. It’s upright to see the give a enhance to that’s been available the previous couple of days on social media, and all people that’s coming out in give a enhance to has been suitable. We’ve obtained a mountainous few opportunities available, which has been upright to see over the following few weeks.


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