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CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 28: Erik Jones, driver of the #43 Petty's Garage Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 28: Erik Jones, driver of the #43 Petty's Garage Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Erik Jones, Richard Petty Motorsports “building” on future

With two top 10s through the first 16 races of the season, the 2017 Rookie of the Year Erik Jones is maximizing his opportunity as he adapts to driving the famed No. 43 car.

While teams work on their 2022 plans, Jones’ sights are “focused on RPM right now.”

“We’re definitely working through things right now to get things set for next year. Certainly in a great direction right now and, like I said, it’s been a great year I think so far for us, just building and working together, and I am excited for next year with the new car to see what it’s going to bring.”

“I’ve been really enjoying my time at Richard Petty Motorsports and really feel like we are building in the right direction. [I’m] excited to see what the new car is gonna bring and how that’s going to honestly, I think, probably level the playing field a bit with everybody buying the same parts and be with the same manufacturer.”

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