We are nearly a quarter of the way through the NASCAR Nationwide Series season and JR Motorsports is thinking in terms of Championships. Yes you read that right, Championships; both the Nationwide Series Driver's and Owner's Championships.
Four out of the last eleven Driver and Owner championships have been won by the same team (driver and car owner), the rest have been split Championships where the driver champion wasn't from the same team as the car owner champion.
JR Motorsports is looking at either winning each Championship with the same team or with two different JRM teams. It doesn't matter as long as they get both. The last time a racing organization won both the driver's championship with one team and the owner's championship with a different team was in 2011 when Ricky Stenhouse won the Driver's Championship while driving the 6 car for Roush/Fenway and Roush/Fenway won the Owner's Championship with the 60 car driven by several drivers throughout the season.
In a recent teleconference interview JR Motorsports General Manager, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, said, "... we feel like we're legitimate contenders to be one of the teams that can win the driver and owner's points championship this year if we continue to do what we've been doing and work hard and continue the success that we've had."
JRM currently has three of it's teams in the top seven of the owner's standings, all within 49 points of first place, and both of it's full-time drivers, Chase Elliott & Regan Smith, in the top 2 positions of the driver's standings. It is kind of interesting that the JRM number 5 car, which is driven by several drivers including Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, and recently signed newcomer Austin Theriault, is the highest of the JRM teams in the owner's standings - placing higher than current driver points leaders Elliott, who drives the JRM number 9, and Regan Smith, in the JRM number 7.
When asked about the recent success in the last NNS race at Texas where JRM placed four cars in the top ten while also winning the race with Chase Elliott, Kelley Earnhardt Miller was quick to compliment the employees at JRM, "... (it's) just all hands are on deck here at JR Motorsports." Earnhardt Miller continued, "You know, it just says a lot about the effort that all of our employees are putting forth, and they've worked some long hours, they've worked weekends to try to get to this point, and with the 5 car running, with us running the third car, right now through June we have it sponsored for the most part, it's taking everything that every person has here, whether you're the crew chief or the driver or a shop floor mechanic."
Recent two race winner and JRM driver, Chase Elliott, agrees, " ... like I've said, JRM made a lot of changes in implementing our program and putting things together. It was a hectic off-season and they were able to get everything done and still bring fast race cars to the racetrack so far, and hopefully we can continue to do that in the future."
With all the extra effort and dedication each member of JRM shows hopefully "that future" will include winning both the NNS Driver's Championship and Owner's Championship.