Gibbs aims to keep Bell, Jones with JGR for the long term

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Gibbs aims to keep Bell, Jones with JGR for the long term

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Gibbs aims to keep Bell, Jones with JGR for the long term

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Joe Gibbs says that the goal is for both Christopher Bell and Erik Jones to be a part of his organization going forward.

“I think for us, you don’t comment much on the future other than to say Christopher has a place with us long-term, and so does Erik,” Gibbs (pictured at right, above) said after Kyle Busch won for the third time this season at Bristol.

“That’s our goal. That’s what we’ll keep working on. It’s great to have young people coming, young talent. It’s very important for us. We all know.”

Jones confirmed over the weekend that a contract extension is “in the works” and he hopes to have that finalized in the coming months. Hamlin, meanwhile, rejected the notion that he’s on the hot seat because outsiders don’t know what his relationship is with his sponsors or team. Last year, Hamlin also emphasized that his deal with JGR will keep him around for a long time.

In the other two cars, Busch signed an extension in February while Martin Truex Jr. is in the first year of his deal. Truex joined the team after the closing of Furniture Row Racing.

Speculation has been rampant, though, because of Bell. The 24-year-old won for the second time this season over the weekend and has 10 wins in 48 career Xfinity Series starts. With a Truck Series title also on his resume, Bell is likely headed for the Cup Series in the near future. For now, though, he’s staying focused on the present, saying at Bristol that he doesn’t know what 2020 or beyond will bring.

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