Earn Your Stripes
May 10, 2006
Denver, CO –
The Furniture Row® Racing program heads to one of NASCAR’s oldest tracks this weekend, Darlington. Built in 1950, Darlington is NASCAR’s original superspeedway, and has earned the nickname, “The Track Too Tough To Tame.” The speedway's 1.366 egg-shaped oval has tighter turns at one end than the other. The banking on the end with the tighter turns is two degrees steeper than the other end. Driver’s cars have a tendency to drift up the grove, and many end up scraping the wall. This occurrence has become affectionately known as the “Darlington Stripe.” Darlington’s reputation and challenges has the Furniture Row® Racing program anxious to get on the track. After a very successful weekend at Richmond, the team’s ready to earn their stripes. Crew Chief Joe Garone explains, “We’re acclimating to the issues a new team is challenged with, and now we’re seeing the results we know we can get. Darlington is the next opportunity to strive for a top 25 finish.”
Coming off of a 25th place finish at Richmond, Furniture Row® Racing CUP driver, Kenny Wallace was able to fight his way up from a 42nd starting position. This was a major accomplishment considering Richmond was an impound race, and the team was required to use the same set up for the race used during qualifying. Driver Jerry Robertson showed his stuff in the Busch Series by securing a 29th place finish for the #78 Chevy Monte Carlo. Robertson accomplishments also included staying on the lead lap during the entire race at Richmond. The Furniture Row® Racing Busch series has this week off.
Based in Denver, Furniture Row Racing® is the NEXTEL Series' newest team, formed and sponsored by Furniture Row® Companies. Furniture Row® Companies is one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers. The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Sofa Mart®, Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions®, Denver MattressCo®, and Big Sur Water Beds®. For more information, please visit www.furniturerowracing.com