The defending NASCAR Cup Series championship team to shut down operations.

Denver based Furniture Row Racing says they plan to call it quits at the end of the 2018 NASCAR season. Martin Truex Jr. drove the team to a NASCAR championship last year but that wasn't enough to carry the team through to next year. A lack of funding forced the decision. Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser says, “This is not good for anybody. The numbers just don’t add up. I would have to borrow money to continue as a competitive team and I’m not going to do that..." No question racing at any level is an expensive sport. At NASCAR's highest level, it can take millions to keep the wheels turning.

 

Needless to say, Martin Truex Jr. was disappointed to hear the news but was grateful for being part of the team. “While I am saddened by today’s announcement, I totally understand the decision. Barney Visser, Joe Garone, and the entire Furniture Row Racing team took me in while my career was in a bad place, and together we reached the pinnacle of the sport. I will forever be grateful to each and every one of them, and also to Furniture Row, Denver Mattress, and the Visser family.

 

The NASCAR regular season finale is next weekend at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Truex and the Furniture Row Racing team is ranked third in both driver and playoff points. NASCAR's 10-race playoffs start the following Sunday, Sept. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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