Last weekend at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway, Furniture Row Racing was stellar. Martin Truex Jr. and his teammate Erik Jones ran inside the top five for most of the afternoon in Monday’s rain delayed Food City 500, before Jones had an issue and Truex was caught speeding on pit road. Truex though, led 116 of the 500 laps at Bristol and finished eighth while Jones came home 17th.
But, in practice they were strong too.
In the first session, they were first (Jones) and fourth (Truex Jr.). In session No. 2, they were second (Jones) and seventh (Truex Jr.). In final practice, they landed sixth (Jones) and ninth (Truex Jr.).
A week later, that short track speed stayed the same.
In practice on Friday at the Richmond International Raceway, the two FRR drivers were 1-2 on the .75-mile Virginia short track. Truex, led the way with a speed of 124.178 mph in his No. 78 Toyota, while Jones was second quick with a lap of 123.035 mph in his No. 77 Toyota.
They were so good, they were the only ones above the 123 mph barrier. Third quickest was Ryan Blaney at 122.772 mph but fifth fastest was Denny Hamlin was 121.726 mph.
In qualifying, Truex qualified third while Jones struggled a bit and will start 20th.
But, in the two practice sessions on Saturday, they were back up front again, with Jones being first and fourth respectively in the two sessions and Truex fifth and second.
Overall, in practice this weekend, Jones was second, first and fourth while Truex was first, fifth and second.
If that strength continues, they are going to have a strong race on Sunday. The Toyota Owners 400 (2 pm ET/FOX/MRN) could belong to one of the FRR drivers.