Furniture Row Racing Shutting Down After 2018

Defending Champions Short On Sponsorship For 2019

Scott Stiller
September 04, 2018 - 9:11 pm
Martin Truex Jr. Of Furniture Row Racing

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The defending Monster Energy Cup Series championship race team Furniture Row Racing is closing their doors after the 2018 season.

The shutdown is a result of sponsor 5-Hour Energy leaving the sport and the team’s inability to find a sponsor to replace the 14-races where the energy shot maker was the primary sponsor.

“We’ve been aggressively seeking sponsorship to replace 5-Hour Energy and to offset the rising costs of continuing a team alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing but haven’t had any success,” team owner Barney Visser said in a statement.

Visser made the decision to make the announcement now so his driver, Martin Truex Jr., and his team members can begin the process of finding employment for the 2019 season.

“While I am saddened by today’s announcement, I totally understand the decision,” Truex said in the statement.  “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 Furniture Row, Denver Mattress and the Visser Family”.

Sources tell 93.7 The Fan that the team’s other sponsor, Bass Pro Shops, will follow Truex to whatever team that he signs with.  Rumors out of the Charlotte area have Truex going to Joe Gibbs Racing,

5-Hour Energy joins a growing list of companies including, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Target, Home Depot, Subway, Dollar General, Farmers Insurance, Go Daddy among others who have left NASCAR in recent years.