According to a report from FOX Sports, Martin Truex will be the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014, replacing Kurt Busch. According to another report from the Sporting News, Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone has confirmed that the team is in negotiations with Truex but there isn’t an official deal to announce, yet.
Busch will be heading to Stewart-Haas Racing next year to drive a third car for that team. Truex, recently, was relieved of driving duties of the No. 56 Toyota at Michael Waltrip Racing effective at the end of the year, due to a lack of sponsorship.
Although NAPA Auto Parts had a sponsorship deal with MWR to sponsor Truex’s No. 56 there beyond 2013, the sponsor opted to cut ties with the team at the end of the current season after fallout from what NASCAR deemed as Michael Waltrip Racing attempting to manipulate the finish of last month’s race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, resulting in a manipulation of the Chase for the Sprint Cup driver field.
Soon after NAPA’s announcement, car owner Michael Waltrip said that he informed Truex that he was free to look for employment elsewhere. Earlier this week, MWR announced plans to scale back to two full-time entries (driven by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers) and one part-time entry to be driven by Waltrip.
Busch has the No. 78 team in the seventh spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings heading into Sunday’s race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Truex scored a race win earlier this year, visiting victory lane at the road course in Somona, Claif., in June.
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