Furniture Row Racing has been saying all year that in order to run a second car for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, that they need funding. With Erik Jones going to replace Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota with Joe Gibbs Racing, his current No. 77 Toyota with FRR is open. But, the team said in order to fill the seat, they need money.
In turn, the team said that they wouldn’t drag this out all year and if there wasn’t anything secured by a certain time frame, they were going to shut the car down for the foreseeable future.
Today, must have been that deadline.
“As Furniture Row Racing looks ahead to the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the Denver, Colo. based team is not planning to field the No. 77 Toyota as a second car entry,” the team announced on Wednesday via a release. “It is our organization’s goal to operate a two-car team in the future and we will continue to seek sponsorship funding for the No. 77. Our 100 percent focus for next season will be on the No 78 Toyota Camry, which will be driven by Martin Truex Jr.”
This is the first year that FRR expanded to a two-car team, as Jones has done a stellar job as a rookie in it. He has four top five finishes and 12 top 10’s this season and has steadily improved as the season has gone on. Meanwhile, Truex is a true championship contender with reaching victory lane six times already and automatically advancing to the Round of 8 in the playoffs with his win at Charlotte last Sunday.
While the team would love to move back to a two-car operation, the funding just isn’t there. Plus, the only main reason that they did expand to a two-car effort was with Toyota’s help. FRR is a satellite team to JGR and JGR and Toyota needed somewhere to house Jones for a year. FRR was a no brainer. But, without another Toyota driver ready to move up yet, FRR will scale back.