Erik Jones Quietly Making Himself a Contender at Bristol This Weekend

Typically, rookies don’t fare well at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. It’s a daunting place that chews up and spits out the best of the drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But, after all three practice sessions so far this weekend at the high banked .533-mile Tennessee short track, a rookie is shining. Erik Jones was fastest in the lone practice session of the day on Friday afternoon, then he backed that up with even more speed and was second fastest in the first of two practice sessions…

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Toyota’s Have Been Strong This Weekend at Bristol

It hasn’t been the year so far that Toyota’s have wanted. In Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action, they’d won just one race thus far and that’s when Martin Truex Jr. dominated at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Outside of that race, and Kyle Busch leading a ton of laps at Phoenix a week later, Toyota’s have struggled to run up front. Really, outside of those two drivers, the four other Toyota drivers among the Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing camps have struggled in 2017.

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Toyota’s Phenomenal 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season

The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season may not have ended the way that Toyota or its talented pool of drivers had hoped it would, with Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson hoisting the championship trophy at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, but the manufacturer can certainly hold its head high after another dominating season in NASCAR’s premiere series. Toyota dominated over its two competing manufacturers, Chevrolet and Ford, in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, winning 16 of the season’s 36 races. That’s remarkable. Additionally, Toyota drivers led an astounding…

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Jones Signing With Furniture Row Racing, Move Evidence for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brilliance

I wrote last month that it was clear that the alliance between Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing had more to do with driver lineups than a technical side. JGR needed FRR for a place to grow and put their current talented stable of young drivers. Right now, the four drivers on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series side for JGR aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are all in their mid to lower 30’s. With them being in their prime, and thriving at…

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Erik Jones to Move to 2nd Furniture Row Racing Team in 2017

First, it was Furniture Row Racing announcing on Thursday that they’ve signed Martin Truex Jr. to a two-year contract extension with the team as Bass Pro Shops will move from a 12 race sponsorship to 16 races in 2017 and again in 2018. With that news, we knew more had to be coming. Today, it did. The team announced at Watkins Glen on Friday afternoon that they will expand to a two-car operation and that Erik Jones will join Truex with the team. Jones, will drive the No. 77 Toyota with 5-Hour…

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Truex Doesn’t Want to Join Another Team, Hopes to Stay with Furniture Row for Foreseeable Future

The wins don’t show it, but Martin Truex Jr. is having the best few seasons of his NASCAR career since he’s joined Furniture Row Racing. The first season he joined the team in 2014 was a trying one, as he struggled with his new team as well as his longtime girlfriend battling cancer. But, last year, things started to click as he made the Chase for the Sprint Cup and actually made it all the way to the final round at Homestead. He had his best year ever, as he…

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