Nov 1, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (56) is interviewed during practice at Texas Motor Speedway. Truex announces that he will race for Furniture Row racing. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
FORT WORTH, Texas - Martin Truex Jr. has a new full-time ride, agreeing to a multiyear deal to drive for Furniture Row Racing.
The expected announcement Friday at Texas Motor Speedway came about two months after Truex appeared to have made the Sprint Cup championship with Michael Waltrip Racing. But NASCAR determined that MWR manipulated the finish of the Sept. 7 race at Richmond to get Truex in the Chase. Truex was later tossed from the Chase, along with other sanctions.
The fallout cost Truex his job at MWR when sponsor NAPA Auto Parts later said it was leaving at the end of the season. Truex, 33, will start racing for FRR in 2014.
"We couldn't be happier to have landed one of the top drivers in NASCAR," FRR 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."
With Kurt Busch driving the No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row this season became the first single-car team to qualify for the Chase. Busch is moving to Stewart-Haas Racing next season.
"What influenced my decision is team owner Barney Visser and that the team really wants me as its driver," Truex said. "Everything else is important, but I really felt like Furniture Row Racing genuinely wanted me to drive for them."
Truex was with Dale Earnhardt Inc from 2006-09 before moving to Waltrip racing for the past four seasons. In eight Sprint Cup seasons, Truex has 294 starts, two wins, 30 top-5s, 88 top-10s and seven poles.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)