Since 2005, Barney Visser and his self funded Furniture Row Racing team have attempted to be a successful NASCAR team. As most fans know, Visser owns a series of furniture stores in Colorado which is where the team received the name, Furniture Row Racing.
The team has always been underdogs, even at restrictor plate tracks which have been by far the team’s strongest. But, since they started getting their chassis’ from Richard Childress Racing, Furniture Row Racing has been able to become somewhat of a contender over the past few years.
Now that they have a former Sprint Cup Series champion, Kurt Busch, signed for the 2013 season, the team may be able to compete weekly for race wins, something that Visser has visioned since he opened the shop doors in Denver, CO. Busch is bringing leadership experience as a driver that the team has never witnessed and will likely never witness once Busch departs for the next best opportunity on his horizon which is just what he did when Visser offered him the ride.
Entering the 2013 season, Furniture Row Racing will be continuing to make strides towards the top of the NASCAR rankings while entering their ninth year in the sport. After they announced Busch would drive for the team, everyone expected the team to announce a possible switch of manufacturers to enhance the team’s performances and that they have.
A press release came out from the team announcing that they will be starting their own pit crew squad, being led by Mike Houston, who was Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s front-tire carrier as he worked with Hendrick Motorsports for a total of seven seasons. With Houston’s veteran experience and the increasing amount of resources for the team, they should be capable of establishing a top notch pit crew which can contend with the top teams including the one which they leased from Stewart-Haas Racing for the past few seasons.
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