Jones' sponsor, 5-Hour Energy, can't leave Furniture Row as long as Monster Energy sponsors the series because 5-Hour Energy can't execute a new contract to sponsor a Cup car (it can only exercise the existing options in its current deal).Then again, Monster signed for only two years, so there is no guarantee 5-Hour will have to stay at Furniture Row much longer than 2018.If JGR opts not to re-sign Kenseth, it would be logical that it would bring Erik Jones back into its fold after letting him sign with Furniture Row Racing for the 2017 season. He has run well at Furniture Row, sitting 16th in the standings despite four races where he failed to finish while teammate Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row just expanded to a two-car team, and it didn't build that up for one season.

1 starting spot for Sunday’s Camping World 500 Monster Energy Cup Series race (3 p.m.

I wish you the very best of luck this year, but a little disappointed that your not with KBM, but your climb to the top must go on.

Sponsorship, though, remains key, to Hendrick's approach.

Hendrick could have to buy out a portion of Kahne's contract, and that could impact whether he wants to pay for an established driver such as Kenseth or opt to look more toward the future and go younger.

Throw in uncertainty with Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne and SHR's Danica Patrick, and there are several big-name drivers at several big teams that could make this year's Silly Season one of the most active in recent years. already has announced he will retire from Cup racing after this season."I've gone a long ways in my life and career with the help of Roger and all Team Penske, and I hope to continue to do so," Keselowski said when asked about the potential of him replacing Earnhardt at Hendrick, an organization that once appeared as Keselowski's destiny when he was driving for JR Motorsports.

Keselowski's crew chief, Paul Wolfe, recently signed a new deal to remain at Penske, Penske confirmed, giving Keselowski another reason to stay where he has been successful.

He is 21st in the standings and hasn't won in his past 98 starts, plus his two main primary sponsors, Farmers Insurance and Great Clips, aren't returning next year.

Hendrick could elevate development driver William Byron, who is third in the Xfinity standings driving for JR Motorpsorts, to that ride, giving Hendrick a much younger look with Chase Elliott, Byron and Bowman along with seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who just signed a three-year extension.

Here’s the weekend’s schedule with TV and radio info.

– Xfinity qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN) p.m.

Speaking of Monster, it still needs to renew its deal at SHR and with Busch.