Having signed a multi-year deal to drive for Furniture Row Racing in 2014, Martin Truex Jr. feels "blessed."
Following a chain of events involving Truex's current team, Michael Waltrip Racing, that began with teammate Clint Bowyer's spin at the Sept. 7 Richmond race and continued through NAPA's decision to pull sponsorship at season's end, Truex wasn't sure where he would end up.
Now, he realizes just how fortunate he is to align with a potentially Chase-contending team such as Furniture Row Racing.
"This is a big deal for me," said Truex, who signed his deal Thursday. "I'm very excited about the opportunity to drive the Furniture Row No. 78 for Joe (Garone, general manager) and Barney (Visser, team owner). I've really been impressed with their organization. Obviously, I think everybody here has been impressed with what they have accomplished this year being a single-car team based out of Denver.
"I think that anybody in this garage area will tell you it's been really amazing to...