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At the beginning of the year, there was this alliance between Joe Gibbs Racing’s four cars and Furniture Row’s single car.

Now it feels like the script is flipped, like somehow it’s the four-car monolith that wishes it could be as good as the solo guitarist.

Despite the monster JGR created in Truex this year, JGR advanced all four of its drivers to the round of 12. All are still threats to reach homestead, though Carl Edwards seems to be driving on three wheels lately.

He said, per Tim Durr’s story:

You want to run so well at these first two that you don’t have to worry about the third one. So, we’ve really got to lean on the notes from our spring Charlotte race. We’ve got to go out there and execute. We’ve got the best guys in the business. (Crew Chief) Dave Rogers is motivated and my pit crew was on our game (at Dover). So, we’ll just go out there and try to get to victory lane right off the bat. I think this next round is going to be really tough.

Good if you can do it, and if any team can it’s JGR. If I had to draw up odds, I’d say Toyota is 2-1 to win the Sprint Cup.

Matt Kenseth is, at times, a world-beater, same for Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Busch has been a steady hand all season, except for that one stretch where he finished in the land of Michael McDowell for several races in a row.

Will all four JGR cars reach the round of eight? And if not, who’s the odd man out? It may very well come down to a pit-road error. Hamlin’s high-risk, high-reward band of merry men lose a tire at the most malapropos times.

Who else is capable of leveling up to JGR in this round? Probably only Keselowski, Truex, Harvick and Jimmie Johnson (speaking of malapropos).

So, yes, JGR still has this aero package firmly on the bridle, and after Sunday we’ll see exactly which way it’s trending.

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