Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr., pilot of the No. 78 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, managed to snatch the driver’s title at last weekend’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. With one race still left in the 2017 season, the battle for second is down to Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry driver Kyle Busch, and Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS driver Kyle Larson, who trails Busch by nine points.
Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet SS featured a special red-and-blue “Silver Bullet” livery at Sunday’s race that was meant as an homage to retired NASCAR driver Kyle Petty – son of NASCAR great Richard Petty. Kyle Petty drove the No. 42 Pontiac for Felix Sabates from 1989 to 1996.
Unfortunately, the throwback paint scheme wasn’t enough to ensure a strong finish for Larson, who finished fourteenth at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 despite being the fastest in the opening practice session and leading the race for an impressive 124 laps – more than any other driver save for race winner Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota).
Chevrolet is currently in second in the manufacturer’s standings, trailing Toyota by one point. Chevy has nine race wins to its name this season to Ford and Toyota’s eight apiece.