More Sponsorship Needed for Truex Contract Extension

Bass Pro Shops 78 2016For 2016, Furniture Row Racing switch manufacturers. But for 2017, the hope is sponsorship will land between now and then and the FRR to not have to switch drivers.

The other rumor related to to the sole Colorado-based Sprint Cup race shop is around up-and-coming Toyota drive, Erik Jones. My original speculation was that Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing Development. The original thought for next season, or possibly 2018 was that Furniture Row Racing would spin up a second team for Jones with all four seat filled at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Sponsorship determines the future of race shops and FRR is no different. This season, FRR added on additional sponsorship, including Bass Pro Shops, who also is sponsoring select races for Tony Stewart. With Stewart retiring at the end of the 2016 season, there’s at least some possibility and speculation that Truex and FRR would pick up the remainder of the Bass Pro sponsorship now being sent to the No. 14 team.

Regardless of sponsorship dollars, Martin Truex Jr. has earned his seat, making the Chase with a win in both of the last two seasons, as well as being on the pole a pair of times. Truex had a career high final finish of fourth in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Source: – True contract extension “a matter of finding sponsorship”

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