“We couldn’t be happier to have landed one of the top drivers in NASCAR,” Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone said. “Martin’s talents – both on and off the track — have been well documented and everyone at Furniture Row Racing feels that he is an excellent fit to continue the success that we have enjoyed this season.”
Kurt Busch, who currently drives the No. 78, will finish out the 2013 season in the car before heading to Stewart-Haas Racing for next season. Truex comes to Furniture Row from Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 56 team.
“I feel really lucky,” Truex said. “Definitely looking forward to the future with this team.”
Michael Waltrip Racing announced a few weeks ago that it would be dropping its No. 56 team at the end of the 2013 season, due to a lack of sponsorship. NAPA announced in September that it would be ending its sponsorship relationship with MWR, effective at the end of the current season. The move to cut ties with Michael Waltrip Racing came amid controversy that MWR manipulated the finish of the race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in an attempt to get Truex and his No. 56 team in the Chase for the Sprint Cup NASCAR postseason that determines the Sprint Cup Series champion.
Truex, initially, made the Chase but was removed from the postseason lineup by NASCAR as a part of penalties issued to Michael Waltrip Racing as a result of actions at Richmond. Truex, however, was never named as a guilty party.
Furniture Row Racing is competing in the Chase this year, for the first time in the team’s history.
“Furniture Row Racing has been high on my radar,” Truex said. “The team has done a great job this year. It’s a talented organization and it has been impressive to see what they’ve accomplished over the past few seasons. What influenced my decision is team owner Barney Visser and that the team really wants me as its driver. Everything else is important, but I really felt like Furniture Row Racing genuinely wanted me to drive for them.”
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