MENCS: Martin Truex Jr & Furniture Row Racing To Be Fully Sponsored for 2018 Season.


In a sport where the drivers and teams are dependent on sponsorship to be able to run races any gaps in a race being sponsored can be difficult.

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing got some much-needed news this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

It was announced on Sunday morning before the Alabama 500 that the No. 78 will be fully funded next season with sponsorship coming from Bass Pro Shops, 5-Hour Energy, and Auto Owner’s Insurance.

There will be a 30-race co-primary sponsorship with Bass Pro Shops and 5-Hour Energy.

Auto Owner’s Insurance will serve as the primary sponsor for the remaining six races on the MENCS schedule.

Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser said in a team release. “It took a number of conversations and a spirit of partnership to make this happen and we thank Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour Energy for being open-minded to this concept.”

This is huge news for the team because there were times when the  No.78 only had Furniture Row Racing on the hood which meant there was no other primary sponsor except that of car owner Barney Visser’s own company.

During 16 races in 2018, the No. 78 will feature Bass Pro Shops on the hood as the dominant brand with an orange scheme and 5-Hour Energy will serve as the dominant brand on the sides of the race car.

In another 14 races the roles will be reversed with 5-Hour Energy as the dominant brand on the hood with a red scheme and Bass Pro Shops as the dominant brand on the side of the sides.

This is quite unique as both brands are working together to build quite the partnership.

“This type of a co-primary sponsorship has been made a reality only because of the incredible cooperation between Johnny Morris and his Bass Pro team, along with Rise’ Meguiar and her 5-hour Energy team, said team owner Barney Visser.”

Truex Jr., the current points leader in the MENCS who is locked into the Round of 8 in the playoffs after winning at Charlotte is also happy with the news, saying, “I am looking forward to continuing my association with Bass Pro Shops and my good friend Johnny Morris and building a bigger and stronger relationship with 5-hour Energy,” said Truex.”

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