Furniture Row Racing Strong Weekend So Far in Richmond

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. 

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Matt Kenseth Earns 1st Pole of the Season for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400

Joe Gibbs Racing has admitted that they’ve lacked the right speed in their cars to contend on most race weekends this season. Friday though, that speed came back to them. Three of their four cars made the third and final round of qualifying at the Richmond International Raceway, as one of them, took home the pole. Matt Kenseth earned his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season, as the JGR driver will start first in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN). 

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Monday’s Rain Delayed Food City 500

Remember when we all were thinking Jimmie Johnson should be panicking? Johnson, had just one top 10 finish in the first six races of this year, and that was a ninth at Phoenix. But, he reached victory lane in the last race at Texas, and now today at Bristol, he won again. Johnson, did what he needed to do to win, just hang around until it’s go time. Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. dominated today’s Food City 500 in combining to lead 390 of the 500 laps, but there…

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Despite Leading 390 of the 500 Laps, Larson’s Pit Road Penalty, Truex/Logano Fade in Monday’s Food City 500

It was shaping up to be a Kyle Larson vs. Martin Truex Jr. vs. Joey Logano fight for the win in Monday’s rain delayed Food City 500. That trio of drivers were by far the class of the field in today’s 500 lap race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. Larson, led the first 202 laps of Monday’s race, and was in the hunt for most of the way. The 202 laps led, were the most in any given race for a Chip Ganassi Racing driver. But, a pit road speeding penalty…

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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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Erik Jones/Toyota’s Lead Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Practice at Bristol

Rain washed out the morning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at the Bristol Motor Speedway, but with rain coming back later on today, NASCAR decided to cancel qualifying this evening and replace it with a practice session instead. Luckily, with rain threatening the area, they were still able to get the full 55-minute session in. Rookie Erik Jones topped the speed charts with a speed of 127.843 mph in his No. 77 Toyota. Jones, has typically been good at Bristol over his brief NASCAR career, so him being…

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Same 7 Drivers Dominating Laps Led So Far This Season

Parity may be as high as ever in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. We’ve seen all three manufacturers win races already and have had five different winners from five different teams win the first six races. But, parity isn’t king among the lap leaders though. We’ve had 1,808 laps completed for the 2017 season, and out of those 1,808 circuits in six races, seven drivers have combined to lead 1,683 of them. Yes, seven of the 36 chartered drivers have led 93-percent of the overall laps this…

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