Late Thursday evening, Furniture Row Racing announced that driver Martin Truex, Jr. has signed an extension to remain with the team through 2018.
This season, Truex has led a series-high and career-high 1,005 laps through the first 21 laps, including the most dominant performance in NASCAR history, leading 592 miles during the Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day weekend.
Sitting eighth in the championship standings, the No. 78 team has three top-5 finishes and nine top 10s. The New Jersey native also has three poles in 2016, the most Truex has had in a single season.
“I am pleased that we’re going to continue our momentum from this season,” Truex said in a team press release. “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.”
In addition to Truex agreeing to a new deal, primary sponsor Bass Pro Shops has upped its sponsorship to 16 races, kicking off the season at the Daytona 500, a race that the Furniture Row Racing finished second in this year.
Since the beginning of the 2015 season, Truex has become a different driver. Last year, he had a top-10 finish through the first seven events, and 14 out of the first 15 races. This is the first piece of the puzzle for team owner Barney Visser and team president Joe Garone.
“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,” Garone said. “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.”
This week Truex heads into Watkins Glen, a track on which he has had some success in the past, with a best finish of third in 2013.
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