JONES, BYRON ARE
THE FUTURE OF NASCAR
Those concerned about the future of
NASCAR should take heart: Thanks in large
part to Erik Jones and William Byron, the
future looks incredibly bright.
Jones, who in 2015 became the youngest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
champ, won four races this year as he
embarked on a full-time XFINIT Y Series
schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing. Jones,
just 20 years old, will move to the NASCAR
Cup Series in 2017 to compete in a second
Furniture Row Racing car, but is expected to
ultimately land in a Cup Series ride for JGR.
Byron, meanwhile, has been tapped by
team owner Rick Hendrick to spend next
season in a full-time NASCAR XFINIT Y
Series ride at JR Motorsports before likely
moving to the Cup Series with Hendrick
Motorsports in 2018 or 2019. Byron, who
will soon turn 19, notched an impressive
six wins as a NASCAR Camping World Truck
Series rookie in 2016.
Worried about the future of NASCAR?
Don’t be. Jones and Byron offer convincing evidence there’s a pipeline of fresh,
young talent poised to leave an
impact for many years to come.