Bass Pro Shops to Sponsor Truex Jr.

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Truex unveiled the Bass Pro Shops paint scheme outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bass Pro Shops will sponsor Martin Truex Jr. at Furniture Row Racing for nine races for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Truex unveiled the new Bass Pro Shops paint scheme outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of the team's stop on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour. The car was alongside the traditional Furniture Row paint scheme that will be back on track in the other races.

It’s a reunion for Truex and Bass Pro as the hunting, fishing and outdoor gear retail giant sponsored him in the Cup Series from 2004-2009 with Dale Earnhardt, Inc./Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Truex also had Bass Pro backing when he won XFINITY Series championships in 2004 and 2005.

"It brings back a lot of memories for me," Truex Jr. said. "I raced the Bass Pro Shops car for really the whole first part of my career, first half of my career. They have always supported me and have been great friends."

The Bass Pro Shops colors will make its debut on the No. 78 during the Can-Am Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500. The remaining Bass Pro races are: Phoenix (March 13), Texas (April 9), Talladega (May 1), Kansas City (May 7), Charlotte (May 29), Daytona (July 2), Bristol (Aug. 20) and Homestead (Nov. 20). Bass Pro Shops will be an associate sponsor when it’s not a primary.

The new paint scheme adorned a Camry as the team made a manufacturer switch from Chevrolet to Toyota in the off-season. (Read More)

"It's been a big off-season," Truex said. "There's a lot going on with us. It's definitely big and exciting news for us."

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