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NASCAR’s Martin Truex Jr. signs 2-year extension with Furniture Row Racing

Martin Truex Jr. (center) signed a two-year contract extension with Furniture Row Racing.
Martin Truex Jr. (center) signed a two-year contract extension with Furniture Row Racing. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Martin Truex Jr. has signed a two-year contract extension with Furniture Row Racing, the NASCAR team announced Thursday. The new contract for Truex, who made the Chase last season with one-team Furniture Row and has clinched a spot in this season’s postseason, begins with the 2017 season.

Bass Pro Shops and Track Boats also will increase its primary sponsorship with Truex from 12 to 16 races in 2016.

“I am pleased that we’re going to continue our momentum from this season,” Truex said in a statement. “This is where I want to be, driving the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time. There are many reasons to feel excited and optimistic about the future of our racing program, starting with the commitment from our team owner Barney Visser, the support from Toyota, the technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and the Bass Pro Shops sponsorship.”

Said team president Joe Garone: “The signing of Martin Truex Jr. to a new contract and Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats adding more races to its primary sponsorship package are signs of strength and confidence for the future of Furniture Row Racing. Martin has proved over and over that he is one of the blue-chip drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We are elated that he will continue to drive our No. 78 Toyota.”

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