Furniture Row Racing is on a roll. The single-car team is enjoying it’s best season in the history of the program thanks to Martin Truex Jr. and just punched its ticket to the Chase with a win at Pocono.
That apparently seemed like the perfect time for FRR owner Barney Visser to let the world know exactly how he feels. During an interview on Sirius XM Speedway with Dave Moody, Visser opened up about his partnership with Chevrolet.
“There just doesn’t seem to be any money out of General Motors (Chevrolet) and probably never will be for us,” Visser said. “Something’s got to give. We’ll see where it goes.”
Chevrolet has put a great product on the track for the entire season with teams like Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing thriving. However, with so many teams to please, a single-car program like FRR has apparently been left out to dry.
Furniture Row has an alliance with Richard Childress Racing, but is enjoying enough success to find a partner with either Ford or Toyota. Team Penske is aligned with the Wood Brothers, but Visser has far surpassed their success this season. Meanwhile, Joe Gibbs Racing would likely love to have another title contender partnered with them.
Along with a new manufacturer, Visser is also searching for new sponsors for Truex. With more on board, Visser wouldn’t live in fear of losing Truex like he did Kurt Busch after the 2013 season.
“I’ll put a shameless plug in,” he said. “We need help with this car. (Sprint Cup) is a little out of our budget, but we refuse to back down. We’re looking for sponsorship (and) hopefully the right sponsors are going to step up. We need to get some of that in place to negotiate the kind of contract that we’d both like to see.”
Luckily for Visser, Truex has already stated he wants to stay with the team for the long haul. Along with Kevin Harvick, Truex has 13 top-10 finishes in 14 races, a feat only accomplished by Richard and Lee Petty. That type of success has both sides believing in the future of the program.
In the midst of a nearly flawless season thus far, is this the right statement to make with 22 races still left on the year? No, probably not. But Visser is clearly trying to strike while the iron’s hot to voice his opinion on the situation.
Will Chevrolet step up its efforts to keep Visser in the fold? Or will they ease off the gas and strictly focus on teams that want to remain with the bowtie on the hood? With over half the season left to unfold, those questions will be answered during the Chase.
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