Team Preview: Furniture Row Racing
Motor Racing Network | 3 months ago

The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship team is ready to defend its title in 2018.

Martin Truex Jr. turned in one of the most dominating performances in recent history last season collecting eight wins on his way to earning his, as well as the team's, first-ever Cup crown. It was truly a dream season for Truex Jr., crew chief Pole Pearn and the entire No. 78 Toyota squad.

"I was a mess. I couldn't even talk," Truex said after clinching the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I was a wreck thinking about all the tough days, the bad days, the times where I thought my career was over with, the times when I didn't think anyone believed in me, but the guys, the people who mattered did, my fans, my family.

"Then when I got with this team ... they resurrected my career and made me a champion."

Reaching the pinnacle of the sport was a sweet accomplishment for a team that owner Barney Visser began nearly a dozen years ago and based in Denver, Colorado far away from the sport's hub of Charlotte.

But crew chief Pearn believes flying outside the daily NASCAR radar actually is beneficial to his team and makes the organization that much stronger.

"We are a tight group that's for sure," Pearn said. "The bond is so great or even greater because we are away from the Charlotte area. What we accomplished last year was tremendous but now in reality none of it matters because we have to hit the reset button on pretty much everything for 2018.

There will be a different look to FRR this season as the organization streamlines to a single car effort. Erik Jones and crew chief Chris Gayle, who teamed up on the FRR No. 77 entry last season and won Rookie of the Year honors, move to affiliate Joe Gibbs Racing.

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