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After Michael Waltrip Racing announced they would cut down to two full-time cars (Nos. 15 and 55), plus a currently unnumbered R&D team for 2014, Martin Truex, Jr. and crew chief Chad Johnston were released from their contracts effective the end of November. Truex had already been told that he could look elsewhere and if he found a better deal, MWR would not stand in the way.
With the No. 56 team officially done for 2014, it didn’t take all that long for Truex to land somewhere else in the Sprint Cup garage. FOXSports.com’s Lee Spencer is reporting that Truex signed a contract that will see him move over to the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet starting with the 2014 season. Truex would replace Kurt Busch, who previously announced a move to a new, currently unnumbered fourth car from Stewart-Haas Racing.
Spencer’s sources claim that the contract was finalized Wednesday night. The official announcement will likely be next Tuesday. There’s no word on if NAPA comes on board with the program; right now, all signs point to them parting ways with their longtime driver while considering a full exit from the sport.
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