Bass Pro Shops Reunites With Martin Truex Jr. In 2016by Hunter Thomas January 19, 2016 0 comments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After a seven-year hiatus, Missouri-based company, Bass Pro Shops will once again be a co-sponsor on Martin Truex Jr.’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.
The driver of Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Toyota Camry partnered with Bass Pro Shops while racing for Dale Earnhardt Inc./Earnhardt Ganassi Racing from the 2004 season through the 2009 season. He also won the 2004 and 2005 NASCAR XFINITY Series championships with Bass Pro Shops on the car.
“Bringing Bass Pro Shops back onboard with me personally is something I’m obviously really looking forward to,” said Truex Jr. on Tuesday afternoon during the 2016 Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom. “Johnny (Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops) and everybody at Bass Pro Shops has been such a big supporter of my whole career since I’ve started in NASCAR. I’m just really thankful for all they’ve ever done for me, and hopefully we can give them a great ride this season and win some races for them.”
In 2016, Furniture Row Racing will be competing with Toyota Camrys and a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. The Bass Pro Shops partnership will kick-off during Daytona Speedweeks with the Can-Am Duel at Daytona, as well as the 58th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Truex Jr.’s car will also feature Bass Pro Shops at Phoenix International Raceway (March 13), Texas Motor Speedway (April 9), Talladega Superspeedway (May 1), Kansas Speedway (May 7), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 29), Daytona International Speedway (July 2), Bristol Motor Speedway (August 20) and the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway (November 20).
“Definitely doing the Daytona 500, so that’s obviously a big deal,” Truex Jr. said. “Pretty cool that they’re sponsoring the night race at Bristol. I know that’s one of Johnny’s favorite races of the year, and it’d be nice to have them there supporting. They do so much for our sport and have for years-and-years, so it’s a huge honor for us to have them on our race car.”
This year will mark Truex Jr.’s 11th season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Truex Jr. has 369 career starts, along with three wins, seven poles, 40 top-five and 117 top-10 finishes. In 2015, he finished a career high of fourth in the championship point standings after accumulating one win (Pocono Raceway, June 7, 2015) eight top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.
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