Erik Jones knocked out of Richmond race after just five laps

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NASCAR Cup rookie Erik Jones‘ day at Richmond didn’t last very long — five laps into the 400-lap Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, in fact.

The Furniture Row Racing driver was running 20th at the time of impact — likely¬†due to a blown tire — and his Toyota Camry suffered significant right side damage. He had brushed the wall previously on the first lap.

“I got ran right into the wall on Lap 1, we’re three wide on Lap 1 of a 400-lap race,” Jones told Fox Sports. “The 5 (Kasey Kahne) squeezed me into the fence off (Turn) 2. I was trying to do all I could not to wreck all of us.

“And apparently we cut a left front going into (Turn) 3 and destroyed our race car. It’s disappointing, I think we had a pretty good car, but we’ll just have to come back next week stronger.”

It marks the second DNF of the season for Jones, who also failed to finish in the season-opening Daytona 500 due to a crash, as well.

Kahne apologized to Jones after the race with this tweet: