DENVER - Denver's NASCAR racing team, Furniture Row Racing, has hired Martin Truex Jr. as the team's driver for next season. The announcement was made Friday.
"I feel really lucky," Truex said. "Definitely looking forward to the future with this team."
It's the second time that the team has chosen a driver with a controversial past.
Furniture Row hired Kurt Busch in 2012. At the time, Busch was known as a hot head who had split with Penske Racing because of his many off-track incidents. Busch said his goal was to prove he deserved a chance with another top-tier team. With so few seats available, Furniture Row became the best option.
Busch helped lead Furniture Row's No. 78 Chevrolet to its first appearance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason this year.
However, Busch announced in August that he was leaving to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.
That left the driver's seat open for next year.
Truex comes to the team with his own baggage. He made the Chase also, but NASCAR officials removed him from the playoffs and replaced him after Truex's racing team, Michael Waltrip Racing, was ruled to have manipulated the results of the Sept. 7 race.
After the announcement, Truex's primary sponsor, NAPA, said it would end its contract with Waltrip racing, leaving Truex without a ride.
Furniture Row Racing is one of the few stock-car operations outside of the Charlotte, N.C.-area. The team started in 2005. It partnered with Richard Childress racing in 2010.