Lets be up front here, Furniture Row Racing had never made any comments prior to Wednesday that their future in NASCAR was rocky. That’s why their statement that they made was a bit shocking as they made it clear that they will indeed be back on a full time capacity for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
“Furniture Row Racing continues to develop sponsorship opportunities for 2019 and beyond,” a statement from the team read. “We have aligned ourselves with great partners over the years and are very proud of the success our organization has achieved, especially the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship with Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing not fielding a team in 2019 is not an option and we have every intention of continuing to build on our success for years to come.”
The only reason that this news comes out is because FRR currently has no driver signed for next year and are also seeking to fill sponsorship on their No. 78 Toyota for 30 of the 36 points paying races next season as well. Truex, is a free agent but he made it clear last month at the Kentucky Speedway that he has no plans on going anywhere else. While he doesn’t have a contract for 2019, he wants to remain with the team. The only thing holding up a contract extension was finding sponsorship.
Then, it seemed odd, but in the days after his press conference, it came out that 5-Hour Energy wouldn’t be returning to the team or the sport in general next season. They moved from the No. 77 Toyota, their second car from last year, to Truex’s ride this season. When that announcement came, it then made sense on what Truex was saying.
Some I guess took it as the team was on the brink of shutting down. I’ve never once heard that but the team took it upon themselves to dispel any rumors.
FRR will be back in 2019 and hopes to with Truex. The sponsorship will work itself out eventually but as of now, they don’t have a driver or funding. Truex has had career years with them over the last three seasons including four wins and 15 top five finishes this season alone. I highly doubt he will go anywhere else.