Martin Truex Jr. inks extension with Furniture Row as team set to join Toyota

Crew chief Cole Pearn confirmed Martin Truex Jr. will remain the driver of the No. 78 car, which is expected to be a Toyota for the 2016 season. 

Todd Warshaw

As widely expected, Martin Truex Jr. will remain with Furniture Row Racing for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season.

The driver’s crew chief, Cole Pearn, confirmed the news to on Saturday morning while walking through the Sprint Cup garage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"Yeah, he’s re-signed," Pearn said.

Truex, who picked up a win at Pocono Raceway in June and made the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup, has enjoyed a career season with the single-car organization based out of Denver, Colorado.

While Truex said, "I can’t talk" when asked Saturday morning whether he had re-signed with Furniture Row, Pearn said the team looks forward to having him back in the No. 78 car.

"It’s good to have some continuity," said Pearn, who in his first season as crew chief for Truex has guided the veteran driver to 17 top-10 finishes in 27 starts. "I mean, we all kind of expected it to happen. It’s not really a surprise. It’s definitely positive to stay working together, and I’m looking forward to it."

In other Furniture Row Racing news, Toyota has scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday at NHMS where Toyota officials will announce "a new partnership for the 2016 NASCAR season."

That partnership will be with Furniture Row, which will make the switch from Chevrolet to Toyota beginning in 2016.

"Yeah, I expect that’s what you’ll hear," Pearn said, when asked if this is the news that will come from Sunday’s Toyota press conference.

While Toyota will be short two teams in 2016 when Michael Waltrip Racing closes its doors at season’s end, the addition of Furniture Row will help offset the loss by adding another major team to the Toyota fold.

Other than Furniture Row, the only other major Toyota organization slated to compete in NASCAR’s top series next year is Joe Gibbs Racing, which fields four teams and has been with Toyota since 2008.

"Toyota’s been a great partner of ours,” said Dave Rogers, crew chief for JGR’s Denny Hamlin. "They do a lot of stuff for us. I think the Furniture Row guys are really going to enjoy that relationship. And it’s great for us because we need more Toyotas that run up front so we can bounce ideas off each other and share some knowledge. So I think it’s great for all parties involved.”