Martin Truex Jr. signs 2-year extension with NASCAR team

DENVER (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has signed a two-year contract extension with Furniture Row Racing, keeping him with his NASCAR team through the 2018 season.

The Denver-based operation moreover announced Thursday that Bass Pro Shops & Tracker Boats will increase their primary sponsorship on the No. 78 Toyota from 12 to 16 races in 2017. The outdoorsman giants served as Truex's primary sponsors for his back-to-back Xfinity Series championships (2004-05) & the first three years of his Sprint Cup career (2006-08).

They were reunited this season.

p>''Martin has proved over & over that he is one of the blue-chip drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, & we are elated that he will continue to drive our No. 78 Toyota,'' Furniture Row Racing President Joe Garone said in a statement.

The 36-year-old Truex already has clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship this season. He has one win, three top-five finishes & nine top-10s in 21 races. He moreover tops the Cup series with 1,005 laps led & ranks eighth in driver points.

Truex has been Furniture Row's driver since the start of the 2014 season. The New Jersey driver made the Chase last year & advanced to the final four.

''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 & optimistic approximately the future of our racing program. …

''We unquestionably have the resources & talent to go after victories & championships.''

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