NASCAR

Truex to join Furniture Row team

Martin Truex Jr. leaves Michael Waltrip Racing after four years.
Share This Story

Lee Spencer

Lee Spencer is the Senior NASCAR Writer for FOXSports.com. She has provided award-winning coverage of auto racing over the last 15 years. Spencer has lent her expertise to both television and radio and is a regular contributor to SiriusXM Radio and the Performance Racing Network. Follow her on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 

Martin Truex Jr. has agreed to drive the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in 2014.

spencer richmond restart

NAPA NO MORE

Longtime sponsor leaving Michael Waltrip Racing at end of 2013.

Sources say the parties came to terms on Wednesday night. A formal announcement is expected next Tuesday.

In his eighth year as a full-time Sprint Cup driver, Truex has spent the past four seasons driving the No. 56 NAPA Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing.

However, MWR’s manipulation of the outcome of the Sept. 7 race at Richmond International Raceway and subsequent sanctions from NASCAR resulted in Truex’s disqualification from the Chase for the Sprint Cup and NAPA’s decision to part ways with the organization at the end of the season.

MWR announced Monday that the company would move on with only two full-time teams for 2014.

Truex, 33, has two career Sprint Cup wins — the most recent coming June 23 at Sonoma Raceway. He has competed in the Chase twice and is 16th in this season’s points standings. Truex won consecutive Nationwide Series titles in 2004-2005.

Truex will replace Kurt Busch, who joins Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. Busch joined Furniture Row Racing with six races remaining in 2012. He led the Denver-based team to its first Chase berth in the company’s nine-year history.

The Barney Visser-owned operation is the only single-car team – and only team outside of North Carolina  – to qualify for NASCAR’s playoffs. Busch shattered all previous team records for top fives, top 10s and laps led. FRR is currently seventh in the standings.
 

Tagged: Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr.

More Stories From Lee Spencer

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NASCAR Videos

First Turn: Best Rookie Seasons - No. 9: Kyle Busch Posted: Apr 17, 2014
In a new segment called “First Turn”, The Hub is counting down the best rookie s...

NASCAR Race Hub: Should We Worry About the 48 Team? Posted: Apr 17, 2014
With the new Chase rules putting a heavy emphasis on winning, after eight races,...

The Mock Run with Kaitlyn Vincie: Creepy Selfies Posted: Apr 17, 2014
Kaitlyn Vincie and Nascarcasm tackle Kevin Harvick's Creepy Selfie, Dead Bird-Na...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Danica_Patrick/browse/featuredproduct/974547/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_974000/ff_974547_xl.jpg&w=100 26.95 Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal
    Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Kyle_Busch/browse/featuredproduct/1011659/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011659_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Matt_Kenseth/browse/featuredproduct/1011661/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011661_xl.jpg&w=100 9.99 Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Carl_Edwards/browse/featuredproduct/1041164/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1041000/ff_1041164_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash