Furniture Row Racing
February 04, 2016, NASCAR.com
Engine builder: Earnhardt-Childress Racing
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 for the 2014 season, the organization signed Martin Truex Jr. to a multiyear year. He currently pilots the team's No. 78 Chevrolet.
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Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn | Hometown: London, Ontario (Canada)
Car Chief: Blake Harris | Hometown: Maypearl, Texas
Engineer: Jeff Curtis | Hometown: Fairfax Station, Virginia
Engineer: Pete Craik | Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Spotter: Clayton Hughes | Hometown: Thomasville, North Carolina
Jackman: Carey Wimbish | Hometown: Granite Falls, North Carolina
Gasman: Brian Dheel | Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Front Tire Changer: Dave Collins | Hometown: Hayden Lake, Idaho
Front Tire Carrier: Craig Curione | Hometown: Sanborn, New York
Rear Tire Changer: Kyle Turner | Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Rear Tire Carrier: Adam Mosher | Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Road crew members:
Shock Specialist: Nick Kerlin | Hometown: Old Fort, Ohio
Engine Tuner: Craig Griffiths | Hometown: Thomasville, North Carolina
Mechanic: Gary Frost | Hometown: Romeo, Michigan
Mechanic: Austin Frankart | Hometown: Fort Seneca, Ohio
Tire Specialist: Tommy DiBlassi | Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Transportation: Henry Benfield (also gas runner) | Hometown: Statesville, North Carolina
Transportation: Chuck Lemay | Hometown: Dekalb, Illinois
Transportation: Chris Burton, Cincinnati, Ohio
Transportation: Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Michigan
Transportation: Roy Miller, Elkridge, Maryland