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Truex Gets New Contract From FRR

| , RacinToday.com Friday, August 5 2016
Martin Truex Jr. has a cushy new contract with Furniture Row. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

Martin Truex Jr. has a cushy new contract with Furniture Row. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

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Martin Truex Jr. has signed a two-year agreement with Furniture Row Racing to drive the team’s No. 78 Toyota Camry in NASCAR’s Sprint 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 car from 12 to 16 races in 2017, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500.

The expansion builds on the longstanding relationship between Bass Pro Shops and Truex, 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 consecutive NASCAR XFINITY Series championships in 2004 and 2005, as well as the primary sponsor for Truex’s first three years in the premier 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,” Joe Garone, team president, said in a statement. “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 No. 78 Toyota.

“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.”

Truex, who already has clinched a berth in the 2016 Chase for the Championship, has been Furniture Row’s driver since the start of the 2014 season. As a Chase participant last year, he advanced to the Final Four.

“I‘m pleased that we’re going to continue our momentum from this season,” said Truex, eighth in driver points after 21 races. “This is where I want to be, driving the No. 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.”

Heading into Watkins Glen International for the season’s second road-course race this weekend, Truex has one win, three top-fives, nine top-10s and three poles. Truex ranks No. 1 in laps-led at 1,005.

“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,” Morris said. “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.”

A 36-year-old native of Mayetta, N.J., Truex won back-to-back XFINITY Series championships before joining the Cup series fulltime in 2006.

Furniture Row operates more than 330 stores in 30 states, making it one of America’s largest, family-owned and operated specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers.

| , RacinToday.com Friday, August 5 2016
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