FURNITURE ROW RACING
IS ON THE RISE
In 2014, Furniture Row Racing was mostly
an afterthought. This season, the single-car
organization based in Denver, Colorado, was
one of NASCAR’s premier teams.
So what led to such a rapid rise? There
have been several key factors. Along with the
adjustment of joining a new team for 2014,
driver Martin Truex Jr. had to deal with longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex being diagnosed
with Stage III ovarian cancer. Despite continuing to undergo treatments in 2015, Pollex
made significant progress – which helped fuel
Truex, who became NASCAR’s most improved
driver by winning a race and reaching the
Championship 4 a season after going winless
and finishing 24th in points.
In addition to Pollex’s improving health,
Furniture Row promoted former team engineer
Cole Pearn to guide Truex’s No. 78 effort – a
move that clearly paid off. Then, for 2016, Furniture Row switched from Chevrolet to Toyota
and formed a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs
Racing. The result was a four-win season for
Truex and an announcement that Furniture
Row plans to add a second car in 2017.