BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Caramel Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Joe Gibbs Racing announces Xfinity driver lineup for 2018


Christopher Bell and Brandon Jones will get full-time rides with Joe Gibbs Racing's Xfinity team in 2018, according to an announcement on the team's website.

Bell will be behind the wheel of the No; 20 Toyota and Jones gets the No. 19.

The team's third full-time entry, the No. 18, will be shared by several drivers. Ryan Preece will drive a partial schedule.  Preece competed in three races for JGR this season and earned a top-five finish in each, including his first-career win at Iowa Speedway. Cup series driver Kyle Busch could make as many as seven Xfinity appearances next season, with Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Daniel Suárez and others filling out the remaining races.

"Our NASCAR XFINITY Series program is so important to us at Joe Gibbs Racing," Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, said in the release. "We are focused on the opportunities we have this weekend in Miami of course, but excited about the talented lineup of drivers we will have competing for us in 2018. The addition of Brandon Jones to our lineup will provide tremendous competition to the Series and give us two opportunities to run for the XFINITY Driver's Championship, as well as the Owner's Championship next season. For as young as he is, Brandon has gained a lot of experience across several different series and we are excited to see what he can do in our equipment and with Chris (Gabehart) leading that team."