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Martin Truex Jr. signs with Joe Gibbs Racing for beyond 2021 season

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Wednesday that Martin Truex Jr. will continue in its No. 19 Toyota beyond the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season after signing a contract extension.

Terms of the contract extension with the 2017 Cup Series champ were not disclosed. It’s the second high-profile re-signing for JGR in as many weeks, coming on the heels of an extension announced Feb. 1 for Denny Hamlin and sponsor FedEx for the organization’s No. 11 team.

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“Extending Martin’s agreement has been a big priority for us this offseason,” team owner Joe Gibbs said in a JGR release. “Martin brings so much to our organization. Obviously he’s talented and shown he can win at any race track but his insights also helps to make all our teams better.”

Truex, 40, is set to begin his 16th season in the Cup Series this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. He moved to NASCAR’s top division in 2006 after clinching two consecutive championships in what’s now called the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“I’m happy to get this news out there so we can focus on this season and the future with Joe Gibbs Racing,” Truex said. “This is where I wanted to be and to continue building on the success we have had together the past two years. I appreciate Coach, my team, everyone at JGR and all of our partners like Bass Pro Shops, Auto-Owners Insurance, Reser’s Fine Foods, Stanley Black & Decker and Toyota for making this possible and I look forward to continuing those relationships as we move forward.”

The most recent stage of Truex Jr.’s career has been his most prolific, with 25 of Truex’s 27 Cup Series victories coming in a successful six-season span that included the 2017 series title with then-JGR affiliate Furniture Row Racing.

Truex joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019 after Barney Visser’s Furniture Row team ceased operations. His previous Cup Series stops included Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Michael Waltrip Racing, where he produced one victory each.