Martin Truex signs new contract to stay at Furniture Row

Martin Truex Jr. is staying where he has enjoyed the most success of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.

The Mayetta, N.J., native, who last year had a career-best fourth-place finish in the Sprint Cup points standings, signed a new contract Thursday to remain with Furniture Row Racing through the 2018 season. The new two-year deal takes effect next year.

And the Denver-based team, which has largely been self-funded since its inception in 2005, will have additional sponsorship next year, as Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats will increase its primary sponsorship schedule on Truex's No. 78 Toyota from 12 to 16 races in 2017, starting with the Daytona 500 on FOX.

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Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats were the primary sponsors for Truex's two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships in 2004 and 2005, and his primary sponsor for the first three years of his Sprint Cup career.

"The signing of Martin Truex Jr. to a new contract and Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats adding more races to its primary sponsorship package are signs of strength and confidence for the future of Furniture Row Racing," team president Joe Garone said in a statement issued Thursday night. "Martin has proved over and over that he is one of the blue-chip drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and we are elated that he will continue to drive our No. 78 Toyota."

Truex already has clinched a spot in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He has one win, three top fives, nine top 10s, three poles, and is ranked No. 1 with laps led at 1,005 this year. Truex is eighth in Sprint Cup driver points.

"I am pleased that we're going to continue our momentum from this season," Truex said. "This is where I want to be, driving the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. We've come a long way in a short period of time. There are many reasons to feel excited and optimistic about the future of our racing program starting with the commitment from our team owner Barney Visser, the support from Toyota, the technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and the Bass Pro Shops sponsorship. We definitely have the resources and talent to go after victories and championships."