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Who Drives for Joe Gibbs Racing if Martin Truex Jr. Retires?

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What’s Happening?

Martin Truex Jr. is a driver many are keeping a close eye on as 2024 rolls on. He mulled retirement before the end of 2023, and, the same question awaits him in 2024. Should he retire, who could drive for Joe Gibbs Racing?

  • Martin Truex Jr. is one of the oldest drivers on the grid. However, he’s still performing at a high level, so, retirement is far from a guarantee for the 43-year-old.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing has plenty of drivers in their pipeline. Whether they be Toyota drivers or JGR drivers, multiple drivers are hoping to get a chance at JGR. We will look at both Cup and Xfinity because, if a Cup seat is open that a JGR Xfinity Series driver takes, that opens up an Xfinity seat.
  • Fans are intrigued by the potential of Truex Jr. retiring. If he does retire, that sends Silly Season into more of a frenzy.

Chandler Smith – Cup Series

Chandler should be the frontrunner for the Cup Series seat should Truex Jr. retire. Smith is the best-performing JGR Xfinity Series driver currently, and he has funding behind him. It’s the perfect blend of talent and funding that team owners dream of.

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It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Smith doesn’t get the Cup Series ride. That is, unless Toyota really wants another driver in that seat, or if JGR finds a veteran free agent. However, neither of those scenarios seems particularly likely.

Sheldon Creed – Cup Series

Sheldon Creed is on this list primarily because he’s a JGR Xfinity Series driver currently. Yes, Smith is the favorite to land the No. 19 Cup Series ride should Truex Jr. retire, but, Creed can’t be totally written off.

Then again, Creed needs to set the world on for the final two-thirds of 2024. He needs to win races and compete for a Championship if he wants a shot at the Cup Series with the team. He hasn’t won an Xfinity Series race yet, so, it’s an uphill battle.

William Sawalich – Xfinity Series

William Sawalich is one of the top talents in the ARCA Menards Series. He drives for Joe Gibbs Racing across all 3 ARCA Series, and he has multiple wins already. He’s also getting starts for JGR in the Xfinity Series later this season.

Sawalich is only 17, so, moving him straight into Xfinity at 18 years old might be a bit soon to some. Maybe he could benefit from a full-time ARCA Menards Series season or even racing in the Truck Series. However, JGR has moved their prospects up quickly before with examples including Joey Logano and Zane Smith.

Taylor Gray – Xfinity Series

Taylor Gray is quietly putting together some solid runs in the lower series. He currently sits 5th in the Craftsman Truck Series points standings, and he nabbed a top-5 in his Xfinity Series debut for JGR at Richmond. That current JGR connection makes Gray an interesting dark horse pick for an Xfinity Series seat.

However, Gray is not as highly touted as other drivers are. Corey Heim and William Sawalich are all top prospects, while Taylor Gray has not won a National Touring Series race yet. Is he impressive enough to move up to Cup?

Corey Heim – Xfinity OR Cup Series

Corey Heim is the premier prospect in all of the lower series right now. He continually gets good results and wins races, and he currently leads Craftsman Truck Series points. He’s really good, and that’s what puts him as a dark horse for both the Xfinity and maybe even the Cup Series seat.

However, Heim is not currently in the JGR pipeline. He’s more of a Toyota prospect than a JGR prospect, and how much funding does he really bring? All of that could hold him out of this potential opportunity.

Joe Gibbs Racing is a team to follow as 2024 Silly Season rolls on. It all depends on Martin Truex Jr.

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