As Expected, Martin Truex Jr. is (Officially) Staying with Furniture Row Racing

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor

Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing have been perhaps the most popular Cinderella story in recent NASCAR memory, and have gone from underdog, to underrated, to frontrunner. In fact, if anything, their results aren’t quite a reflection of exactly how well they have been doing.

Martin Truex Jr., who has been with FRR since the beginning of the 2014 season, has signed a two-year contract to continue to drive the team’s No. 78 car.

Additionally, sponsor Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats will be the primary sponsor on the No. 78 car for 16 races next year, an increase in their primary sponsorship from this season.

“I am pleased that we’re going to continue our momentum from this season,” said Truex in a team release. “This is where I want to be, driving the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time. There are many reasons to feel excited and optimistic about the future of our racing program starting with the commitment from our team owner Barney Visser, the support from Toyota, the technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and the Bass Pro Shops sponsorship. We definitely have the resources and talent to go after victories and championships.”

Truex is already locked into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dominating victory earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway, though his 1,005 total laps led this year paint an even brighter picture as to how competitive this team has been. That’s almost twice as many laps as Truex led throughout all of 2015. In fact, that’s more laps than the 36-year-old driver has led the past three seasons combined.

“The signing of Martin Truex Jr. to a new contract and Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats adding more races to its primary sponsorship package are signs of strength and confidence for the future of Furniture Row Racing,” team president Joe Garone said in a statement. “Martin has proved over and over that he is one of the blue chip drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we are elated that he will continue to drive our #78 Toyota.”

In addition to the victory, Truex has also earned three top-five finishes and eight top 10s in 21 races this season, currently holding an average finishing position of 13.7.

One Comment

  1. ophlan

    January 5, 2017 at 3:26 am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *