Martin Truex Jr. will switch to Furniture Row Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Truex was released by Michael Waltrip Racing when NAPA, the principal sponsor on his car, pulled out following the team’s penalties for attempting to manipulate the Chase-deciding Richmond race in September. MWR subsequently cut down to two full-time entries for 2014, to be driven by Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers.
Truex admitted he had feared he might be left out of the field as the Waltrip controversy erupted.
“A few weeks ago when dominoes started to fall, I wasn’t sure where I would end up,” he said. “I feel really lucky and really blessed to have an opportunity like this so late in the season.”
Although Furniture Row has not won a race this year, sole driver Kurt Busch has been able to fight for victory on several occasions and was the only driver from a single-car team to make it into the Chase. Truex said Furniture Row’s star underdog form in 2013 made it an attractive destination. Busch is leaving Furniture Row to drive Stewart-Haas’s new entry next year.
“This is a big deal for me, I’m very, very excited about the opportunity,” he said. “I’ve really been impressed with this organization. I think everyone has been impressed with what they’ve accomplished this season.
“Anyone in the garage area will tell you it’s been amazing to see them progress. I’m looking forward to being part of that equation.”