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Furniture Row Racing team is a NASCAR solo act
Furniture Row Racing team is a NASCAR solo act

The season-opening Daytona 500 was less than an hour old when Barney Visser saw his latest $1-million NASCAR investment literally go up in smoke. Visser owns Furniture Row Racing, which fields one car — the black No. 78 Chevrolet — driven by Martin Truex Jr. in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. After weeks of preparation for the Daytona 500 and then being forced to use a backup car because of a crash in qualifying, the team saw the engine on Truex's car blow up only 31 laps into NASCAR's crown-jewel event last month. "When you're the first car out [of the race], it knocks the wind out of your sails a little bit, especially when you spend like $1 million...

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