Tuesday announcement from Furniture Row likely word of second … – Sporting News

Furniture Row Racing’s alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing continues to bear fruit. An announcement planned Tuesday is expected to bring the small NASCAR team to a new level. Erik Jones could be part of the news.

It has long been speculated that Furniture Row would add a car for the 2017 Cup season. And because of its ties to the powerful Gibbs team, it appears Furniture Row will have a talented young driver to send into competition each week with Martin Truex Jr.

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Gibbs, loaded with talent in its four Cup cars, also has a wealth of young drivers it is nurturing. Jones is seen as the most promising, a championship driver making headlines in the Xfinity Series. He isn’t alone. Gibbs also sends out Daniel Suarez, who is from Mexico and is first in the Xfinity standings.

Reports surfaced Sunday that Jones might be getting the second Furniture Row full-time car.

This season is Furniture Row’s first as a Toyota team, leaving Chevy for technical assistance from Gibbs. Week after week, Truex showed himself to be a competitor as a de facto fifth Gibbs driver. No other alliance has been so successful in Cup racing.

Jones is ready for Sprint Cup. Just 20 and boyish of face, he won the Truck Series championship last season. He won his third Xfinity race of the season on Saturday at Iowa. His victory total this season might be higher had Kyle Busch not stepped down to win seven times.

Sunday, a second Furniture Row car was still a rumor. So was the selection of Jones. Suarez also is an option.

Another question to be answered: Will the second FRR car carry a charter or race each week without one? Expect that to be decided in the offseason.

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