Petty GMS Motorsports Contract Extension ‘Termination’ 1


Eric Jones said he is close to signing his deal with Petty GMS Motorsports.

The ridiculous season went into full effect after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. signed new contracts ahead of the Ally 400 Cup Series at the Nashville Superspeedway. Now Petty GMS Motorsports is ending an extension of its own.

Eric Jones, driver of the #43 GMS Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, met with members of the NASCAR media on June 25 and provided an update on his situation. He explained that he and the “Cup Series” organization are close to finalizing a new deal. Jones also noted that there are a few simple things to be done before putting pen to paper.

“We’re getting close,” Jones told members of the media at the Nashville Superspeedway. “Obviously, I’ve been in conversations with Petty GMS now for about a month I think at this point. Just kind of finishing things up. Back and forth on all the little things, that makes a difference. We’re going through that but I feel like we’re getting closer.”

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Jones has not met other teams

Eric Jones

GTEric Jones races the Talladega Superspeedway.

The Michigan native is currently in his second season with Petty GMS Motorsports, and is in the mix for a place in the playoffs. He is 16th in points, but there are some winning drivers sitting below him.

Jones is below the playoff streak, but is on track to double his six games in the top 10 of the 2021 season. He’s also shown speed on a variety of tracks while facing better-funded drivers and teams, and he was close to a potential win at the Talladega Superspeedway.

With Jones finding some success in 2022, it would make sense for other teams to have an interest. Entry #10 in Stewart-Haas Racing, for example, will need a new driver once Aric Almirola retires after the finish at Phoenix Raceway. However, Jones did not participate in any talks.

Technically, Jones cannot speak to any other team at the moment as part of his contract. Even if he could, he is unlikely to do so. Jones explained to members of the media that he is happy with Team 43 and Chief Crew Dave Ellens and everyone at Petty GMS Motorsports.

Another petty GMS Motorsports driver remains a question

Ty Dillon

GTTy Dillon has expressed his desire to return to Petty GMS Motorsports.

Jones is about to put pen to paper, according to his media availability, so attention now turns to his teammate. Will Ty Dillon return to GMS Racing for the 2023 season and continue to lead 42nd?

Dillon spoke to NBC Sports reporter Parker Kligerman during a rain delay at the Nashville Superspeedway, and explained that he was disappointed with his early season performance. However, he said the team was going at a great pace and that he knew he could win some races.

Dillon hasn’t achieved as much consistency as his teammate. He has only one place in the top ten in the 2022 season. Although he was close to the top 15 in four other races, including eleventh at the Daytona 500.

Dillon did not specifically address his contract status, but said he is excited about his future with the team. He is “enjoying” and wants to continue building the Petty GMS Motorsports program into something powerful.

When Petty GMS Motorsports – and then GMS Racing – announced that Dillon had joined as a full-time driver, he didn’t provide a timetable. The press release did not reveal whether Dillon was on a one-year or multi-year deal. According to Spotrac.comHis current deal expires after the 2022 season.

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