Truex Jr. Lands Ride with Furniture Row

Martin Truex Jr.

The 33-year-old Truex has two career Cup victories, including a win this season at Sonoma, and has made the Chase twice. (Photo: Getty Images)

FORT WORTH, Tex. - Martin Truex Jr. says he feels “lucky’’ and “blessed’’ to have a ride with Furniture Row Racing after his seat at Micheal Waltrip Racing went away, a ripple effect from what happened at Richmond in the last race before the Chase.

Furniture Row Racing announced Friday at Texas Motor Speedway that Truex will drive for the team next season. Truex said that he’s signed a multi-year deal.

He joins a Furniture Row Racing team that became the first single-car team to make the Chase this year. The team had an opening because Kurt Busch will join Stewart-Haas Racing next season.

“I think anybody in this garage area would tell you it’s been really amazing to watch them progress,’’ Truex said of his new team. “Everybody has been impressed with their competition program, the way their cars have run and the speed that they have. I’m looking forward to being a part of that equation.

“A few weeks ago when dominos started to fall, I wasn’t sure where I would end up. To have an opportunity like this this last in the season, I just feel really blessed and really lucky.’’

Truex said he’s been impressed with owner Barney Visser in the discussions they’ve had about the team.

“They’re focus is on racecars,’’ Truex said. “Barney says, “If it makes the car go faster, we get it.’ Those aree the ttype of things as a racecar driver that you look for. As much as this sounds crazy, fan experiences and shop tours and all that kind of thing, they don’t make cars faster. These guys are 100 percent focused on making racecars faster. As a driver it is refreshing. In this day and age, it’s something you don’t see a lot of.’’

He won't be alone in making the move. Joe Garone, general manager of Furniture Row Racing, said that the team has added Truex's pit crew for next season.

"I think that is going to really help that part of our program,'' Garone said.

Truex, who was in the first year of a three-year deal at Michael Waltrip Racing, seemed settled at MWR until the events of the Richmond race. He was left in limbo after NAPA announced it would break its contract and leave after this season because of MWR’s attempt to manipulate the Richmond finish and get Truex in the Chase.

Michael Waltrip Racing recently announced it would cut back to two full-time teams next year with Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers, allowing Truex to move elsewhere.

Without a sponsor to follow him, Truex’s options were limited because teams didn’t have the money to start another team this late in the season. Truex said he talked with other teams but admits nothing was concrete

Truex joined Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010 and helped raise that organization’s statue, creating a foundation that led helped bring Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin. Bowyer and Truex both made the Chase last year with Bowyer finishing second.

Michael Waltrip Racing thanked Truex for his time there.

“Michael Waltrip Racing congratulates Martin on his announcement today,’’ MWR said in a statement. “We are very happy to see him in a competitive ride next year and appreciate the professionalism everyone showed throughout this entire process.”

The 33-year-old Truex has two career Cup victories, including a win this season at Sonoma, and has made the Chase twice.

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