By AMANDA VINCENT
A manufacturer change from Chevrolet to Toyota won’t be the only change on the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry driven by Martin Truex Jr. in 2016. The race team announced Tuesday that Bas Pro Shops has signed on to be a primary sponsor for nine races this season. Previously, Furniture Row was the only primary sponsor of the race team that carries its name.
“I’m very excited to have Bass Pro Shops as a primary co-sponsor on the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota,” Truex said. “In addition to my passion for fishing, hunting and the outdoors, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is a personal friend and hunting buddy. With our manufacturer changing to Toyota, our Furniture Row Racing team is positioned to take both companies to victory lane and contend for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.”
The first two of the nine races for Bass Pro Shops to be featured on the No. 78 will be during NASCAR Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway — a 150-mile Daytona 500 qualifying race on Feb. 18 and the Daytona 500 on Feb. 21. Other races in which Bass Pro Shops will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 78 include races at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 1, Kansas Speedway on May 7, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, again at Daytona on July 2, Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 20 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.
The sponsorship is a reunion, of sorts, for sponsor and driver. Bass Pro Shops was a sponsor for Truex when he won back-to-back Xfinity (then-Busch) Series championships in 2004 and 2005 and later when he drove a No. 1 Cup Series entry for Dale Earnhardt Inc.
“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with Martin Truex Jr., a passionate driver and outdoor lover, while further aligning with our friends at Toyota,” Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris said. “NASCAR is an excellent platform for Bass Pro Shops, and we are pleased to continue our strong alignments with Tony stewart, Ty Dillon and Jamie McMurray.”
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