Jones is at present in his rookie marketing campaign with Furnishings Row Racing and is 14th within the collection level standings heading into this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;

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Joe Gibbs Racing introduced at this time that driver Erik Jones will drive the No. 20 Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Camry for the group starting in 2018. 

Matt Kenseth, who at present pilots the No. 20 Toyota Camry for JGR, won’t return to the group following the 2017 season. 

“Matt (Kenseth) has been an incredible asset to our group over the previous 5 seasons each on and off the monitor,” stated Joe Gibbs, proprietor of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He’s been an excellent teammate and a fantastic ambassador for our sponsors. We have now a substantial amount of respect for him and we’re working arduous to get the 20 group into the playoffs to make a run for the championship. We’ve got quite a lot of confidence in his talents to do exactly that.

“On the similar time it’s thrilling to have Erik again to run fulltime with us beginning subsequent season. When a variety of circumstances made it clear over the previous few weeks that a second yr for the seventy seven automotive was in all probability not viable presently for Erik, all of us agreed that we needed to maintain him within the Toyota racing household and felt it was the suitable time to make this transition. He’s an thrilling driver that has already confirmed to have the power to compete on the highest degree of our sport. He’s additionally proven to be an ideal consultant to our companions and we consider he’s originally of an extended and profitable profession.”

Presently competing full time within the NASCAR Cup Collection for Furnishings Row Racing, Jones sits 14th within the level standings and leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Yr Standings. Jones made his Cup Collection debut in 2015 filling in for the injured Kyle Busch at Kansas Speedway the place he led one lap earlier than a mid-race accident derailed a robust end in his first-profession begin. With 21 Cup Collection profession begins, Jones has led 32 laps and earned one prime-5 end and 5 prime-10 finishes.

Jones, who has scored eight XFINITY Collection wins with JGR, is presently in his rookie marketing campaign with Furnishings Row Racing and is 14th within the collection level standings heading into this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“This can be a actually thrilling time in my profession for me to make the transfer again to Joe Gibbs Racing full time within the Cup Collection and proceed to have the success I’ve had with them over the previous few years,” Jones stated. “I’ll all the time be thankful for the chance given to me by Barney Visser and everybody at Furnishings Row Racing this yr for my first full yr within the Cup Collection.

“We’ve hit our stride the previous few weeks with robust finishes and whereas it’s good to have my plans for 2018 introduced, I’m targeted on persevering with to enhance and get this staff a win earlier than the season ends.”

Furnishings Row Racing proprietor Barney Visser issued the next assertion:

“Relating to at this time’s announcement that Erik Jones will drive within the NASCAR Cup Collection for Joe Gibbs Racing beginning in 2018, Furnishings Row Racing’s dedication to Jones and the No. seventy seven workforce stays the identical for the rest of the season. Our aim is for Jones to qualify for the playoffs, make a run for the championship and seize Rookie of the Yr honors.

“We’re engaged on our workforce plans for 2018 however do not have something concrete to report presently besides that Martin Truex Jr. will proceed to drive the No. seventy eight Furnishings Row Racing Toyota.”