Once again the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team finds itself in a precarious position among the teams it competes against in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
While other Sprint Cup teams – the majority of them based in the Carolinas -- will most likely be cheering for the Panthers in Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, Furniture Row Racing will be rooting for its hometown Denver Broncos.
"Denver is our town, the Broncos are our football team and the excitement level is peaking at our Furniture Row race shop for the big game," said team president Joe Garone. "When we qualified for our Super Bowl -- the Championship 4 at Homestead, John Elway (Broncos executive vice president/general manager) sent a tweet wishing us good luck. It's our turn to reciprocate."
Garone added, "We love Charlotte, the racing hub of NASCAR, but for a few hours on Super Bowl Sunday the NFL team from Charlotte will be our adversary. We won't divulge names but along with the champion Cup driver there are some other rabid Broncos fans residing in the Charlotte area."
In less than a week after Super Bowl 50, Furniture Row Racing and driver Martin Truex Jr. will be back in action with the opening race of Daytona Speedweeks – the non-points Sprint Unlimited, Saturday night, Feb. 13. The season-opening points race -- the Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 21.