While it’s reportedly looking less likely that a deal will coalesce, there’s a possibility that NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck team GMS Racing could graduate to the top-spec Monster Energy NASCAR World Cup by acquiring Furniture Row Racing. FRR campaigns Toyota Camrys in NASCAR’s premier racing series, but as GMS Racing runs Chevrolets in both the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series, the team could stick with that manufacturer after the acquisition – if it occurs.
Furniture Row Racing has been left in a tough spot by the departure of 5 Hour Energy as a sponsor, and a sale to GMS Racing could be just what the doctor ordered. According to Sports Business Daily, Allegiant Air, at which GMS owner Maury Gallagher serves as Chairman and CEO, could become a primary sponsor of Martin Truex’s No. 78 car. Should a deal materialize, and should GMS Racing choose to race Chevrolets in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, we could see the reigning 2017 NASCAR Cup champ driving a No. 78 Chevrolet Camaro in the future.
However, it appears unlikely now that a deal between GMS Racing and Furniture Row Racing will occur, as FRR President Joe Garone told RacinBoys.com that the team’s top priority is simply replacing 5 Hour Energy as a primary sponsor. He reportedly confirmed on Friday that a meeting took place with GMS, but says that nothing more concrete than discussions have transpired.
That’s kind of too bad; Chevrolet could probably use the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion in their corner right about now.