NASCAR »

AAA Texas 500: Furniture Row confirms signing Truex Jr. for 2014

It's been expected for a couple of weeks, but finally in Texas on Friday, Furniture Row Racing confirmed that they had secured the services of Martin Truex Jr. for 2014.
Martin Truex Jr. will exit Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of the current season and take over the #78 Furniture Row Racing car in 2014 in a multiyear deal, it was formally announced today by the team and driver at a media event at Texas Motor Speedway ahead of this weekend's Cup, Nationwide and Truck series races.

“We couldn't be happier to have landed one of the top drivers in NASCAR,” said Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone. "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."

Truex will take over the seat from Kurt Busch, who has managed to push Furniture Row into the 2013 Chase play-offs - the first single-car operation in the history of the format to do so. Busch is exiting after a one-year stay with the tea to take up a new seat at Stewart-Haas Racing alongside Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Kevin Harvick next season.

“Furniture Row Racing has been high on my radar,” said Truex. “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," he added. "Everything else is important, but I really felt like Furniture Row Racing genuinely wanted me to drive for them."

Truex had been in urgent need of a new race seat, after the Richmond race rigging scandal in September cost MWR the sponsorship of NAPA Auto Parts, the primary sponsor of the #56 car that Truex has been driving this season. The team will scale back to become a two car operation centred around Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers from next year.

“While I am thrilled to be the new driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, I want to express a sincere thank you to Michael Waltrip, Rob Kauffman and the entire Michael Waltrip Racing team for supporting my career over the past four seasons,” said Truex.

“Michael Waltrip Racing congratulates Martin on his announcement today," said a statement from MWR. "We are very happy to see him in a competitive ride next year and appreciate the professionalism everyone showed throughout this entire process.”

Truex was originally reported to have all-but signed for the team mid-October, but apparently had to wait for the legal paperwork formally releasing him from his existing MWR contract before he could sign his new contract with Furniture Row.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Richard Childress Racing`s Austin Dillon at Darlington Speedway for the May 2013 NASACR Nationwide Series race. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 27, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #29 Rheem Chevrolet SS qualified 10th Friday, October 25, 2013 for Sunday`s Goody`s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered By Kroger race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Harvick is 4th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (HHP/Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)
Martin Truex Jr. (L) and Furniture Row Racing general manager Joe Garone at Texas Motor Speedway news conference announcing that Truex signed a multiyear contract with Furniture Row Racing to drive the team`s #78 Chevrolet, beginning in 2014. (PHoto Credit: Furniture Row Racing PR)
Marcos Ambrose in the Richard Petty Motorsport garage at Sonoma Raceway on June 20, 2014 (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Eckrich Ford, races Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with his son, Keelan, in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, crosses the finishline to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, sits on the grid under an umbrella prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.