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NASCAR Cup: Furniture Row Racing shuts down No. 77 team

No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Erik Jones (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Erik Jones (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Furniture Row Racing will return to being a one-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series operation in 2018, shuttering efforts of its No. 77 Toyota entry driven by Cup Series rookie Erik Jones this year.

“As Furniture Row Racing looks ahead to the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season, the Denver, Colo. based team is not planning to field the No. 77 Toyota as a second car entry,” read a statement from FRR, attributed to team owner Barney Viser. “It is our organization’s goal to operate a two-car team in the future and we will continue to seek sponsorship funding for the No. 77. Our 100 percent focus for next season will be on the No 78 Toyota Camry, which will be driven by Martin Truex Jr.”

The No. 78 is the original entry for Furniture Row and has been driven by Truex since 2014. The team expanded to two cars for 2017, adding the No. 77 for Jones through a deal with Joe Gibbs Racing, the team with which Jones is under contract. Jones will return to the JGR fold next year to replace Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota.

Visser hoped to continue the No. 77 program upon Jones’ departure, but securing sponsorship to continue the No. 77 has proven difficult.

In its lone season in the Cup Series, Furniture Row Racing’s second team, with Jones behind the wheel, has posted four top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes in 30 races.

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