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Blog: Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing reach NASCAR’s peak

Martin Truex Jr. walks on pit road before qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) 

After a dominant season, Martin Truex Jr. is the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Series Champion, and the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing has its first title.

The only team west of the Mississippi River was the first single-car team to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2013, and they’ve come a long way in a short time.

It was fun documenting their rise last year in The Gazette’s NASCAR column, Speed Read (shut that one down a little too soon, whoops) but this year was something else entirely.

It’s been a rough few months for Furniture Row Racing – team member Jim Watson died the night before a race, team owner Barney Visser suffered a heart attack, and Truex’s girlfriend Sherry Pollex’s cancer reappeared. But through it all, Truex, 37, won eight times. His eyes were red from crying by the time he climbed out of his car on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

As for the other three championship contenders, Kyle Busch finished second, Kevin Harvick was fourth and Brad Keselowski was seventh.

Furniture Row looked to be growing, fielding two cars this season for the first time in the organization’s history. But with Erik Jones leaving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Furniture Row Racing sold the charter for the No. 77 team and there’s no plan to run a second car next year.

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