PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Bass Pro Shops (16 races)(2018)
Tracker Boats (w/Bass Pro Shops)
Auto-Owners Insurance (6 races)(2018)
5-Hour Energy (2 races in 2017)
5-Hour Energy Racing
WIX Filters (1 race)
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Furniture Row Racing - Twitter
Furniture Row Racing - Facebook
Furniture Row Racing - Instagram
Furniture Row Racing - YouTube
Martin Truex Jr. - Twitter
Martin Truex Jr. - Facebook
Martin Truex Jr. Foundation - Twitter
Martin Truex Jr. Foundation - YouTube
Bass Pro Shops - Twitter
Bass Pro Shops - Facebook
Auto-Owners Insurance - Twitter
Auto-Owners Insurance - Facebook
WIX Filters - Twitter
WIX Filters - Facebook
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Races  that Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Daytona, Budweiser Duel - 2/18*
Daytona 500 - 2/26
Atlanta - 3/5
Las Vegas - 3/12
Phoenix - 3/19
Auto Club - 3/26
Texas - 4/9
the rest TBA
Races  that Auto-Owners Insurance is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Kansas - 5/13
Michigan - 6/18
Indianapolis - 7/23
Richmond - 9/9
Charlotte - 10/7
Phoenix - 11/12
Races  that 5-Hour Energy Racing is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Daytona, Clash - 2/18
Charlotte - 5/28
Races that Furniture Row was the primary sponsor in 2017:
Martinsville - 4/2, Denver Mattress
Races  that WIX Filters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
New Hampshire - 7/16
Contract Status: Driver: 2018; Primary Sponsors: Furniture Row = owner; Bass Pro Shops 2018; Auto-Owners Insurance 2018;
#78 Team / Driver News
Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota to honor fallen hero in Memorial Day weekend NASCAR race: 2nd Lt. John C. Yates, whose name will grace the windshield of Martin Truex Jr.'s race car during Sunday night's Memorial Day weekend classic - the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - was an exemplary Marine who portrayed courage, unselfishness, leadership and patriotism while serving three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. [More](5-22-2017)
Two All-Star events on tap for Truex Jr.:Martin Truex Jr. is prepping for two all-star events this week, both being conducted in North Carolina,1500 miles from Denver where his NASCAR Cup Series team is based. First on the docket for the Furniture Row Racing driver is Wednesday's (May 17) Catwalk for a Cause, the annual Martin Truex Jr. Foundation fundraiser for childhood and ovarian cancers. [More](5-17-2017)
Race Recap: Truex ends Kansas jinx; Almirola taken to local hospital following accident: Martin Truex Jr. finally ended his Kansas hex. Truex streaked away on the final restart with two laps left in Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 to win his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. Truex led a race-high 104 of 267 laps to win for the ninth time in his career and for the second time this season. [More](5-13-2017)
Truex, Jr. wins at Kansas: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Go Bowling 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 2nd win of 2017, 1st win at Kansas and 9th career win. Truex led 104 of the 267 laps. He took the lead on a restart with 19 laps to go and held on through a couple cautions to win by more than 1 second.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, pole sitter #21-Blaney, #18-Busch, points leader #42-Larson, #19-Suarez, #1-McMurray, #14-Bowyer, and #6-Bayne.
There was a red flag of more than 27 minutes with 67 laps remaining after an accident between #22-Logano, #10-Patrick, and #43-Almirola. Something broke on the front right of Logano's car, sending him into the rear of Patrick and hooking her into the wall. Almirola could not stop and slid into the front end of Logano's car. He complained of back pain and was to be cut out of the #43. Safety crews removed the top of the car and placed Almirola on a stretcher and into the ambulance. He was alert and awake but airlifted to the hospital.
Larson leads the driver points by 44 over Truex, Jr.
There were 21 lead changes among 9 drivers and 15 cautions for 61 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 117.640mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
With new paint scheme Truex Jr. looking to snap Kansas jinx: When it's the week of the NASCAR Cup Series spring race at Kansas Speedway the questions and stories resurface about the potential victories that got away from Martin Truex Jr. on the 1.5-mile oval. The Furniture Row Racing driver will be aiming to have a positive story to tell after Saturday night's race in his debut run of 2017 with the Auto-Owners Insurance primary sponsorship. It will be the first of six races this season that Auto-Owners Insurance will have the primary paint scheme on Truex's #78 Toyota Camry.[More](5-11-2017)
Truex Jr. and Kenseth host Dover vs. Pocono Rivalry Day Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth took off their racing suits and put on their softball jerseys on Wednesday, May 3 during the annual Dover vs. Pocono Rivalry Day event in Allentown, Pa. Played at the home of Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, Truex and Kenseth participated in a variety of activities, including softball, kickball, dizzy-bat tee-ball, water balloon tossing and more.
In the end, the final event, a go-kart race along the warning track, provided the game's final margin as Kenseth, representing Team Pocono, edged Team Dover's Truex at home plate. Team Dover leads the annual series with Team Pocono three games to two, with one event rained out. Track officials and area media members made up the majority of players the two teams. After Truex and Kenseth threw out the ceremonial first pitches for the IronPigs' game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the drivers took questions on a variety of NASCAR topics, from stage racing to racing against a younger generation of drivers.(PR)[More](5-7-2017)
Several drivers collect commitment line penalties at Richmond: The video was clear and to make sure competitors understood, NASCAR repeated the rule in the drivers meeting before Sunday's race at Richmond International Raceway. Drivers needed to have all four tires under the orange box at the commitment line to enter pit road.[More](5-1-2017)
Bristol Motor Speedway - Post-Event Penalty Report: Penalties have been issued following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway: #78 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team has been found in violation of Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed: Crew chief (Cole Pearn) has been fined $10,000.
#22 NASCAR XFINITY Series team has been found in violation of Sections 220.127.116.11.1.2 Post-Race Front Body. Inspection Heights and given an L1 penalty: Note: Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Crew chief (Greg Erwin) has been fined $10,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR XFINITY Series points race. Team assessed with the loss of 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner points.[More](4-26-2017)
Race recap: Truex wins at Las Vegas; Kyle Busch, Logano brawl on pit road In a race whose aftermath left hometown driver Kyle Busch with a bloody forehead, Martin Truex Jr. passed the faltering car of Brad Keselowski on the white-flag lap and cruised to a sweep of all three stages in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As Truex approached the checkered flag to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time this season and the first time at LVMS, Joey Logano's Ford slid up into Kyle Busch's Toyota in a battle for third position. Busch spun into the inside wall on pit road and limped across the finish line in 22nd place.[More](3-12-2017)
Truex Jr. wins at Las Vegas: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Kobalt 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Las Vegas and 8th career win. Truex, Jr. dominated most of the race, leading 150 of the 267 laps and won all three stages to get the maximum possible 60 points on the day. However, he was running second until he passed the pole sitter #2-Keselowski coming to the white flag. Keselowski said something broke on the car before losing the lead.
#42-Larson finished second followed by #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #1-McMurray, #20-Kenseth, and #14-Bowyer.
#4-Harvick, the points leader coming into the race, had a tire go down early in the race and hit the outside wall. He finished 38th.
There was a fight on pit road after the race. On the final lap, contact between #22-Logano and #18-Busch sent Busch spinning off turn 4. Once cars were on pit road, Busch confronted Logano and a fight started. Logano was pulled away but Busch fought with a #22 crew member before they could be separated.
There were 14 lead changes among 6 drivers and 6 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 136.032mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, March 12 at 10:00pm/et on FS1; Monday, March 13 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, March 13 at 9:30am/et on FS2.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-12-2017)
Several cars to the rear for Daytona 500: With their primary cars damaged in Thursday night's Can-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying races, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #27-Paul Menard and #21-Ryan Blaney will start the Daytona 500 from the rear of the field in backup race cars. They'll be joined at the rear by three cars that failed to meet the minimum ride height requirement during inspection after the Duels.[More](2-24-2017)
Truex Jr. to debut new sponsor in The Clash: It will be Martin Truex Jr., who will ring in Furniture Row Racing's new sponsor - 5-hour Energy -- with the primary paint scheme of the company on his #78 Toyota in Saturday night's NASCAR season kick off - the invitational Clash at Daytona International Speedway. After the 75-lap non-points Clash, which is expected to have a field of 18 drivers, the 5-hour Energy primary colors will switch to Furniture Row Racing's new team -- the #77 Toyota driven by rookie Erik Jones - for the remainder of Speedweeks. Truex's race car post-Clash will be in the Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats colors. "We welcome 5-hour Energy to our family of sponsors and are very proud to have them as one of our major partners," said Truex. "I personally welcome Erik to our team and look forward to working and sharing information with him. Everything is trending upward and it's up to us to continue the momentum. We're going to give it our best shot to drive the #78 5-hour Energy Toyota to Victory Lane." Truex will make his fifth career start in the Clash and his third as a Furniture Row Racing driver. His best finish was runner-up in 2015 after leading 28 laps. Last year, he had a strong run going but was a victim in a final lap multicar accident at the 2.5-mile oval. The first criteria for Truex earning a Clash berth was being a former Daytona 500 pole winner (2009). He would have also qualified, if needed, as a previous season pole winner.(FRR), see images of the scheme on the #78 Team Schemes page (2-17-2017)
WIX Filters partners with Furniture Row Racing: WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, has joined Furniture Row Racing as a key technical partner, which includes a primary and associate sponsorship role with the Denver, Colo.-based team during the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota Camry will carry the WIX Filters primary paint scheme in the July 16th race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. In addition to the primary sponsorship, WIX Filters will have logo placement for the full season under the hood and on the C-post of Truex's race car and also on the chest of his firesuit. Additionally, Furniture Row Racing's #77 Toyota Camry, driven by rookie Erik Jones, will showcase WIX Filters for the season under the hood and on the B-post. The sleeve of Jones' firesuit will also have a WIX Filters logo.(Furniture Row Racing)(1-24-2017)
Auto-Owners Insurance Expands Furniture Row Racing Sponsorship: Furniture Row Racing announced that Auto-Owners Insurance has agreed to a multiyear primary sponsorship for Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series. The Fortune 500 company, which joined Furniture Row Racing in 2016 as a primary sponsor for three races, will double that amount in both 2017 and 2018. The six races the Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme will adorn Truex's #78 Camry in 2017 will be at Kansas in May, Michigan in June, Indianapolis in July, Richmond in September, Charlotte in October and Phoenix in November. Auto-Owners Insurance, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, provides auto, home, life and business coverage for NASCAR fans and customers through local, independent agents in 26 states. The company is based in Lansing, Mich.
"Teaming up with Furniture Row Racing has been an outstanding fit for Auto-Owners, and we are excited to continue our partnership for the 2017 and 2018 seasons," said Mary Pierce, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Auto-Owners. "Martin and the #78 team have pioneered their way to excellence at the highest level of NASCAR. We truly admire their hard work and consistency, and look forward to being a part of their continued success."
The Auto-Owners Insurance blue hue shared a competitive experience with Furniture Row Racing in 2016. In the three races that Auto-Owners Insurance was the primary sponsor, Truex won the prestigious Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C., finished seventh at the fall race in Martinsville, Va., and was eighth at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.
"There was indeed something special about the success of the blue Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry last year and we are more than thrilled that the company is expanding its partnership with Furniture Row Racing for the next two seasons," said Furniture Row Racing team president Joe Garone. "Auto-Owners Insurance has been a winning company for a century and we are humbled that they have placed their confidence in our race team."
Truex was equally excited to hear about the new sponsorship agreement. "Winning the Southern 500 - a triple crown race - with the blue Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme was without a doubt one of the main highlights of my racing career," said Truex. "We want to give Auto-Owners Insurance more success as we look forward to the 2017 season. I was able to visit the Auto-Owners Insurance headquarters in Lansing and came away feeling proud to be associated with a company that has had 100 years of success."
Established in 1916, Auto-Owners Insurance is a Fortune 500 company and is the 17th largest property/casualty insurance company in the nation, based on written premium. Auto-Owners Insurance is one of only 10 insurance groups in the United States to receive the highest rating possible, A++ Superior, by A.M. Best, which is a nationally recognized rating agency for insurance companies.(Furniture Row Racing PR)(1-16-2017)
Garone a finalist for award in Denver: Furniture Row Racing (#77 & #78 teams) president Joe Garone was a Mile High Sports Magazine finalist for Executive of the Year. Other's nominated were: Jeff Bridich, Colorado Rockies - General Manager; John Elway, Denver Broncos - Exec. VP of Football Operations and GM; Rick George,
University of Colorado - Athletic Director; Tony Seaman, Denver Outlaws - GM; and the winner: Colorado Rapids team President Tim Hinchey. See full article at milehighsports.com.(Furniture Row Racing PR)(1-6-2017)
PR Specialist Joins Furniture Row Racing: David Hart, a respected motorsports communications professional, has joined Furniture Row Racing to manage the public relations program for the team's #77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry that will be driven in 2017 by rookie Erik Jones in NASCAR's Cup series. Hart will work closely with David Ferroni, who will continue to handle the public relations for Furniture Row Racing's #78 team and its driver Martin Truex Jr. Ferroni will also oversee Furniture Row Racing's corporate communications. Hart, a 28-year veteran in motorsports public relations, previously worked in NASCAR as the corporate communications director for Richard Childress Racing from 1999-2013. He was most recently employed as public relations manager at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, CA. His varied motorsports experience also includes public relations director at Sonoma Raceway, media relations manager for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and director of communications for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).(FRR)(1-5-2017)
Furniture Row Racing adding more personnel: As most know, Furniture Row Racing, is expanding to two cars. #78-Martin Truex Jr. ill be joined by #77-Erik Jones, who was the Camping World Truck Series champion in 2015. "There's a lot of work that has to be done," #78 crew chief Cole Pearn said. "We're adding 40 people to Furniture Row. But Martin's team, including myself, will stay intact. We want to build off what we accomplished this season. We're just going to keep plugging away and working hard."(Press of Atlantic City)(12-25-2016)
Truex Jr. Named National Driver of the Year by EMPA: Martin Truex Jr. has been named the 2016 Eastern Motorsport Press Association National Driver of the Year. The award was voted on by members of the EMPA. Driving the #78 Toyota for Denver-based Furniture Row Racing, Truex's stellar 2016 season in NASCAR's premier division included four wins, five poles and a series' leading 1,805 laps led, all career season highs for the native of Mayetta, NJ. His dominating victory at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte set a NASCAR record for miles led (588) and an event record for laps led - 392 out of 400. "Martin had an impressive season, winning two of the triple crown events - the Coca-Cola 600 and Southern 500 (Darlington, S.C.)," said Earl Krause, a veteran motorsports journalist, EMPA board member and lead announcer at Pocono Raceway. "He nearly pulled off NASCAR's version of the triple crown but came up inches short of winning the Daytona 500. He also had exciting Chase victories at Chicago and Dover. I covered Martin since his early racing days at Wall Stadium in New Jersey, and like his father - Martin Truex Sr. -- he has always been a class act both on and off the track." This is the second time Truex will be the recipient of the EMPA Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year trophy. He received the prestigious hardware after winning the 2004 XFINITY Series championship.
"My racing roots are in the Northeast and to be recognized by the EMPA takes on a special meaning for the entire Truex family," noted Truex. "My family has spent many days and nights racing at Northeastern tracks, and that's why I always feel like I'm going home when the NASCAR series competes at Dover, Pocono and New Hampshire." Truex added, "I want to thank the EMPA members for this humbling honor. The real heroes are my teammates at Furniture Row Racing for bringing fast race cars to the track on a weekly basis. I also want to thank our team owner Barney Visser, team president Joe Garone and our sponsors - Furniture Row, Denver Mattress, Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, TRACKER Boats, Auto-Owners Insurance and Visser Precision."
Truex joins an elite list of drivers from different racing disciplines who have garnered the EMPA National Driver of the Year award, including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart and Terry Labonte from NASCAR; Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Mark Donohue from IndyCar; and Joe Amato and John Force from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The annual EMPA convention will take place Jan. 6-8 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in King of Prussia, Pa. The awards banquet will be held at the Crowne Plaza on Saturday evening Jan. 7.(FRR)(12-22-2016)
Truex took less money to stay with Furniture Row: It's been the best season of Martin Truex Jr.'s career, as his victory in Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was his third win of 2016. Without question, Truex knows that his move to Furniture Row Racing in 2014 was a great decision. And team owner Barney Visser said Sunday evening that Truex was such a team player that he actually took less money to stay with Furniture Row. "He drove for a little bit less this year than I think a lot of the drivers in his class have, and he did it because he wanted to be here," said Visser, the founder and owner of the Denver-based team. "I can't thank him enough for all that." Truex confirmed that he had taken less money to stay with Furniture Row, which Visser has largely funded on his own since starting the team in 2005. "Barney has put a lot into his race team over the years, obviously," said Truex. "Seeing Furniture Row on that race car each and every year, that's Barney's race car and Barney is the one funding it. He had to change some things in the way he was running his race team." And that led to a discussion between the driver and the owner. "He (Visser) asked me if I would kind of not take the hit, but be the one that took a little bit of a hit for the team to make sure we could keep the competition up and make sure we could continue to get the things we needed to be competitive and win races and hopefully go after a championship," said Truex.(Fox Sports)(9-20-2016)
Tanger Outlets to make NASCAR Debut with Sponsorship on the #78: Tanger Outlets will be the primary sponsor on Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night Sept. 10 at Richmond International Raceway. The red, black and gray paint scheme that will be adorned on Truex's Tanger Outlets Toyota Camry will be showcased at NASCAR's final Sprint Cup Series race before the 10-race Chase playoffs begin. The sponsorship will be the first NASCAR involvement for Tanger Outlets. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Tanger Factory Outlet Centers operates and owns, or has ownership interest, in 43 upscale outlet shopping centers located coast to coast in 21 states and Canada. More than 185 million shoppers visit the Tanger Outlet Centers annually.
"Tanger Outlets is known for its competitive spirit and partnerships with winning brands," said Steven B. Tanger, president and chief operating officer of Tanger Outlets. "The Furniture Row Racing team sponsorship allows us to team up with another best in class NASCAR brand and support Martin Truex Jr.'s efforts to reach Richmond's Victory Lane."
Truex, who already has clinched a Chase berth, said he is proud to be the first NASCAR driver with the Tanger Outlet sponsorship. "I take a great deal of pride that Tanger Outlets has chosen our Furniture Row Racing team for its first sponsorship venture in NASCAR," said Truex. "It's an honor to have a successful, high profile company be part of our team. The Tanger Outlets company has been a winning business story for decades and having its name on our car will give us even more incentive to get to Richmond's Victory Lane."(FRR), see images of the scheme on the #78 Team Schemes page (8-25-2016)
Sherry Pollex announces she's a two-year cancer survivor: Sherry Pollex announced Monday evening that she's reached the two-year mark in her recovery from ovarian cancer. Pollex and longtime boyfriend #78-Martin Truex Jr. were the focus of one of the best moments of the 2016 in May, when the duo shared an emotional Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway after the Sprint Cup Series driver walloped the Coca-Cola 600 field, leading 392 of 400 laps for the win.(NASCAR.com)(8-17-2016)
Second Furniture Row team next year with Erik Jones UPDATE OFFICIAL: Fox Sports' Kaitlyn Vincie reported on NASCAR Race Day Sunday morning that Furniture Row Racing is close to adding a second team next year. She says she spoke with Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone and he said the pieces were coming together but nothing is confirmed. Regarding speculation that Erik Jones would be the driver, he said Jones would be a good fit for the team but nothing is finalized. The second team would be headquartered in Denver, Colorado with the #78 team of Martin Truex, Jr.(7-31-2016)
UPDATE: Furniture Row Racing's alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing continues to bear fruit. An announcement planned Tuesday is expected to bring the small NASCAR team to a new level. Erik Jones could be part of the news. Reports surfaced Sunday that Jones might be getting the second Furniture Row full-time car. This season is Furniture Row's first as a Toyota team, leaving Chevy for technical assistance from Gibbs. Week after week, Truex showed himself to be a competitor as a de facto fifth Gibbs driver. No other alliance has been so successful in Cup racing. Jones is ready for Sprint Cup. Just 20 and boyish of face, he won the Truck Series championship last season. He won his third Xfinity race of the season on Saturday at Iowa. His victory total this season might be higher had Kyle Busch not stepped down to win seven times. Sunday, a second Furniture Row car was still a rumor. So was the selection of Jones. Suarez also is an option. Another question to be answered: Will the second FRR car carry a charter or race each week without one? Expect that to be decided in the offseason.(Sporting News)
UPDATE2: nothing was announced on Tuesday, August 2nd, no word when/if an announcement will be made.(8-2-2016)
UPDATE3: NASCAR Truck Series champion and Xfinity Series driver Erik Jones will join Furniture Row Racing in the Sprint Cup next season. Jones, who is currently fourth in the Xfinity Series standings after winning his third race of the season on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, is expected to drive the #77 Toyota. Jones is expected to be sponsored by 5-hour Energy, which will serve as the primary sponsor for 22 races, sources said. An official announcement is tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning at Watkins Glen International. When asked about the possibility of adding a second team on Friday at WGI, team general manager Joe Garone said, "With the support we have from Toyota and Gibbs, we feel like now would be a good time for that. It's certainly part of it for the growth of our team."(Motorsport)(8-5-2016)
UPDATE4 Furniture Row Racing to Make Major Announcement on Sunday, Aug. 7 in the Watkins Glen International Media Center at 10:00am/et. Following the announcement there will be a car unveiling at the Toyota PitPass display located in the midway.
· NASCAR.com will live stream the news conference.
· A transcript of the news conference will be available and posted.
(Furniture Row Racing PR)
OFFICIAL: Furniture Row Racing announced that it will field a second team in 2017 with Erik Jones driving the #77 Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series. 5-hour ENERGY will be the primary sponsor on Jones' Camry for 22 races, launching the Cup Series rookie campaign for the 20-year-old driver. Jones, a native of Byron, Mich., won the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver's championship and moved to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2016 where he currently has three wins piloting a Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. "I just can't believe this is really happening," said Jones, who will run the full Cup schedule in 2017. "We have been talking about Cup racing for a while, but to actually make the announcement is surreal. This is every young driver's dream, to be with a manufacturer like Toyota, an organization like Furniture Row with its successful technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, and an incredible sponsor like 5-hour ENERGY who is so well known for promoting its racing program. They have given me a life-changing opportunity and my mission is to make each of them proud."
The colors of the Farmington Hills, Michigan-based 5-hour ENERGY will also adorn Martin Truex Jr.'s Furniture Row Racing #78 Camry for two races, including the 2017 NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We take our NASCAR sponsorship very seriously as this is a major financial commitment, so we looked at several options for the 2017 season and beyond," said Rise' Meguiar, vice president of Living Essentials, parent company of 5-hour ENERGY. "The combination of a young incredibly talented driver, the success Toyota has had with all of its teams at Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row and the way Martin has been running in the #78, we just felt this opportunity met our company's objectives the best. Erik has earned the hype around him and we are proud to be a part of introducing him nationally with commercials, in-store displays and promotions. This is a really exciting opportunity for 5-hour ENERGY."
Furniture Row Racing, based in Denver, Colo., has earned a reputation as a consistent front-runner and a championship-contending organization with Truex and the #78 Camry. A Cup Series championship Chase finalist last season, Truex already has secured a 2016 Chase berth with one win, three poles and more than 1,000 laps led. "Today has been a long time coming for Furniture Row Racing," said team owner Barney Visser. "Since we started our NASCAR journey 11 years ago it was our goal as a single-car team to reach a competitive level that would allow us to be in position to win races and compete for championships. With the success the team has shown on the track we feel now is a good time to add a second team. We are thrilled to say that we have secured what we feel is the right mix of a driver, sponsor and manufacturer to support a second-car effort."
Visser added, "I can say with a great deal of pride and elation that having a young, talented driver in Erik Jones, a supportive and successful company in 5-hour ENERGY, support from TRD (Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A.) and a strong technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing have propelled Furniture Row Racing into a new and exciting chapter as a participant in NASCAR's top racing series." Jones' ascension to the NASCAR Cup Series marks the first time a Toyota developmental driver has grown from local racing through the NASCAR national ranks to the Cup Series. "Watching Erik progress through the ranks of NASCAR has already been an incredible journey," said Ed Laukes, vice president for marketing, media, incentives, motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. "Erik is a true talent who has proven his abilities on the track as a champion and a race winner, but also off the track as an ambassador for Toyota, his sponsors and his team. The addition of Erik to Furniture Row Racing at the NASCAR Cup level is not only an asset for the team, but an added voice within the structure and teamwork that has proven successful between JGR, FRR, TRD and Toyota. We're all looking forward to seeing Erik behind the wheel of the 5-hour ENERGY Camry contending for Toyota victories and championships." Jones' hometown of Byron, Michigan is located less than an hour from 5-hour ENERGY's headquarters in Farmington Hills.(Furniture Row Racing PR)
AND Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser said the team will attempt to gain a NASCAR charter for the #77 rather than competing as an open entry (ESPN)
Visser said Furniture Row has a one-year contract with Jones, and would like to have more. Jones, however, will remain a key cog in the future of Joe Gibbs Racing (USA Today), 5-Hour Energy will NOT move to Stewart-Haas Racing's #14 team with Clint Bowyer.
Image of the #77 car on the 2017 #77 Team Schemes page.(8-7-2016)
Truex Jr. Signs New Contract; Bass Pro Shops Increase Sponsorship: Furniture Row Racing announced that Martin Truex Jr. has signed a new two-year agreement to drive the team's #78 Toyota Camry in NASCAR's Cup Series. The new contract takes effect starting with the 2017 season. The Denver-based racing organization also announced that Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats, which joined Furniture Row Racing as a partner in 2016, will increase its primary sponsorship schedule on Truex's #78 Toyota from 12 to 16 races in 2017, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500.
The expansion builds on the long-standing relationship between Bass Pro Shops and Truex Jr., an avid outdoorsman and longtime fishing buddy of Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris. In addition to serving as Truex's first sponsor when he started his NASCAR career, Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats were the primary sponsors for two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships in 2004 and 2005, as well as the primary sponsor for Truex's first three years in the Sprint Cup Series.
"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," said team president Joe Garone. "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."
Garone added, "Bass Pro Shops has been one of the most visible, committed and respected sponsors in NASCAR for many years. We are grateful that the company is making an additional commitment to our team. Adding Bass Pros Shops, Tracker Boats and Auto-Owners Insurance to our sponsorship family this season has played a vital role, along with Furniture Row and Denver Mattress, in the success and growth of our company."
Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris said of the announcement: "We are excited to elevate our support and partnership with our good friend Martin Truex Jr., an amazing competitor on the track and a passionate sportsman who loves the outdoors. It brings us tremendous pride to see Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats prominently displayed and have Martin personally representing our brands. Together with our longstanding friends at Toyota and Furniture Row Racing, we believe our partnership with Martin has a very bright future."
Truex, 36, said, "I am pleased that we're going to continue our momentum from this season. 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. I want to thank Barney and Joe Garone for the confidence that they have placed in me and also want to thank my good friend and hunting/fishing partner Johnny Morris for the continued support from Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats."(Furniture Row Racing)(8-4-2016)
Truex Jr. tells story of Sherry Pollex's cancer battle: Just over a month ago Sherry Pollex, the long-time girlfriend of Sprint Cup driver #78-Martin Truex Jr., celebrated the end of almost two years of precautionary chemotherapy for Stage III ovarian cancer. Now Truex, about to start his third season with Furniture Row Racing, has shared his perspective on Pollex's journey in a blog for the Players' Tribune. Truex begins with the genesis of his relationship with Pollex, who he met 10 years ago at a race track and quickly began dating. They moved in together after just six months. Pollex's cancer diagnosis came in August 2014 after months of mysterious pain in her abdomen. The chemotherapy Pollex would finish in January 2016 began to take a toll. Even before her diagnosis, the couple had done work in the cancer community with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. The foundation had primarily focused on research and support of pediatric cancer. Now it has rebranded to also fight ovarian cancer.(NBC Sports and read Truex's story at the Players' Tribune site)(2-16-2016)
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation: We will fight childhood and ovarian cancers: Responding to a yearlong journey that has sharpened their perspective on the devastating impact of ovarian and childhood cancers, NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr. and longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex today announced the foundation's new mission to raise awareness of and funding for childhood and ovarian cancer initiatives. September is the national awareness month for both childhood and ovarian cancers. The foundation also unveiled its logo symbolizing the combined focus and a goal to raise $500,000 to support research of childhood and ovarian cancers during this important month and continuing through The Chase. Already, a donor has pledged to match the first $100,000 in donations. Truex Jr. launched his foundation in 2007 to help children. Over the years, Truex Jr. and Pollex have become more passionate about helping children with cancer. Then Pollex was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in August 2014. The next year catapulted Truex Jr. and Pollex into the trenches with others fighting for their lives, spurring them to adopt a "Never Give Up" attitude and a renewed focus to fight for the critically underfunded cancers specific to childhood and ovarian cancers.
The couple is determined to find less toxic, more effective drug treatments and cures for childhood cancer. Knowing firsthand how radiation, chemotherapy and toxic chemicals decimate a body's system, Martin and Pollex are determined to help find better, safer ways to save the lives of babies, toddlers and teenagers battling cancer.
"The damage that these lifesaving drugs do to your system is awful and, at the end, there is still no guarantee that you will be cancer free," Pollex said. "What will the long-term effects be on these poor kids' systems 10, 20 and 30 years from now?" Pollex said only 4 percent of national funding goes toward childhood cancer research, and the percentage of funding allocated for ovarian cancer is equally abysmal.
Mr. Bob Douglas of Kihei, Hawaii, saw media coverage of Truex Jr. and Pollex leading into the August Pocono Race, and knew he had to help. "Martin and Sherry have been able to take a life-changing and near-death experience and turn it into an incredibly positive effort to help others," Douglas said.
"As part of our new mission and new look we have made it our goal is to raise a half million dollars to go toward research projects for both cancers," Truex Jr. said. "Bob has pledged $100,000 as part of a match, and with a race win, I will add another $50,000 to help reach our fundraising goal."
The MTJ Foundation urges donors to visit online, knowing that as part of that first $100,000, each donation is matched 100 percent.
Pollex continues to work with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) to help teach women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. An estimated 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and 14,000 will die - a mortality rate of more than 60 percent. Ovarian cancer is called the "silent killer" because by the time the cancer is discovered, it is often too late to save a life. To symbolize the foundation's new mission, Switch, based in St. Louis, Missouri, created a logo that ties together both the teal color representing ovarian cancer with the gold representing childhood cancer in a ribbon reminiscent of a racetrack, as a nod to Truex Jr.'s racing roots. "We are so proud to have helped transform Martin's and Sherry's passion into a logo that symbolizes support for childhood and ovarian cancers as well as the momentum of a racetrack in motion," said Nicole Phillips with Switch, "This was a meaningful and heartfelt project." To donate, please visit www.martintruexjrfoundation.org. To learn more about ovarian cancer, please visit: www.OCNA.org. To learn more about childhood cancer, visit: www.CAC2.org. The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, a 501(c)(3) founded in 2007, is now dedicated to raising awareness of and funding for childhood and ovarian cancer initiatives.(9-18-2015)