Furniture Row Racing
March 01, 2016, NASCAR.com
Engine builder: Toyota Racing Development, USA (TRD)
Debut season: 2005
Barney Visser grew up dreaming not of racing, but of business. That drive turned into a successful career out west as the owner of several retailers -- but when Visser decided to cut back, he caught the NASCAR bug.
Racing as a hobby at Colorado National Speedway led to his desire to start a NASCAR Nationwide Series team, which has evolved into a successful single-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. The co-owner of Furniture Row, Visser now also owns Furniture Row Racing. The Denver outfit is the only NASCAR shop located west of the Mississippi, and its 35,000 square-foot facility boasts a state-of-the-art seven-post testing machine.
The organization earned its first win in 2011, with Regan Smith taking the checkered flag at historic Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500. Its finest season was 2013, when Kurt Busch and the No. 78 team became the first single-car team to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason. Other records set included the team's best points finish (10th), top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (16) and total laps led (444).
With Kurt Busch moving to Stewart-Haas Racing in the 2014 season, the organization signed Martin Truex Jr. to a multiyear year. He currently pilots the team's No. 78 Toyota.
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Primary team members:
General Manager: Joe Garone | Hometown: Denver, CO
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn | Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada
Car Chief: Blake Harris | Hometown: Maypearl, TX
Competition Director: Pete Rondeau | Hometown: Saco, ME
Engine Specialist: Greg Huls | Hometown: Beatrice, NE
Spotter: Clayton Hughes | Hometown: Thomasville, NC
Gasman: Brian Dheel | Hometown: Norton, OH
Second Gasman: Ernie Pierce | Hometown: San Diego, CA
Windshield: Blake Harris | Hometown: Maypearl, TX
Front Tire Changer: Brian Eastland | Hometown: New Bern, NC
Front Tire Carrier: Chris Hall | Hometown: Springfield, MO
Jackman: Bailey Walker | Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Rear Tire Changer: Lee Cunningham | Hometown: Leaf River, IL
Rear Tire Carrier: Adam Mosher | Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
Road crew members:
Engineer: Jeff Curtis | Hometown: Fairfax Station, VA
Engineer: Pete Craik | Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Technical Support: Ryan Kelly | Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada
Shock Specialist: Nick Kerlin | Hometown: Old Fort, OH
Tire Specialist: Tommy DiBlasi | Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Mechanic: Gary Frost | Hometown: Romeo, MI
Mechanic: Nino Venezia | Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Mechanic: Todd Carmichael | Hometown: Redding, CA
Fuel Runner: Ed Susen | Hometown: New Hampton, NY
Truck Driver: Chuck Lemay | Hometown: DeKalb, IL
Truck Driver: Barry Huston | Hometown: Bloomingdale, MI
Truck Driver: Roy Miller | Hometown: Elkridge, MD
Truck Driver: Roger Pritchard | Hometown: Hutchinson, KS