Furniture Row Racing Posts Top-Five Finishes at Phoenix; Truex Jr. 3rd, Jones 4th
November 12, 2017
The two Furniture Row Racing entries ran up front during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway with Martin Truex Jr. finishing third and rookie Erik Jones fourth.
Truex flirted with the lead a couple of times but couldn’t quite get to the front in his No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota.
Truex’s third place result was a career best finish for him at Phoenix Raceway.
Truex, who already had one of the four berths clinched for the Championship 4 showdown next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, drove as if he needed a top finish to qualify for the championship round. “We go into each race with the same attitude and that is to be a contender for the win,” said Truex. “You can’t turn it off and on in this sport. We’ve had trouble at this track in the past but had a good game plan coming in. We stuck with the plan all weekend and we were right there all day. It was a good day for Furniture Row Racing and I hope this put a smile on the face of our owner Barney Visser. We’re all thinking of him during his recovery.”
Joining Truex as the final four drivers will be Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.
With one race remaining, Truex has garnered seven wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s and 2175 laps led — all series leading numbers.
Take away the Talladega wreckfest race, Truex’s average finish the other eight playoff races is 2.37.
Jones was a mainstay in the top 10 throughout the day. After starting 11th, he finished seventh in Stage 1 and third in Stage 2 despite chasing the handling of the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota from tight to loose and back again.
Crew chief Chris Gayle called for a two-tire stop under caution on Lap 256 of 312 while running fifth. Most of the leaders stayed out so Jones restarted 11th with just more than 50 laps remaining. He was back to fifth by Lap 273 and into fourth on Lap 275.
A complete post-race news release on each driver will follow