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Truex, Furniture Row seeking new primary sponsor for 2019

DENVER (AP) — Furniture Row Racing and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. are looking for a new sponsor.

The team said Wednesday that 5-hour ENERGY will end its activity in NASCAR after this season, leaving the No. 78 Toyota seeking a primary backer for 2019. This season, 5-hour ENERGY was the co-primary sponsor on the No. 78 along with Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats for 30 Cup races.

The energy shot company has been a primary NASCAR sponsor for nearly a decade, including the last seven at the Cup level. Rise’ Meguiar, sales president for company parent Living Essentials, praised Furniture Row and said it was simply a business decision.

In March, Lowe’s said it would not sponsor seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson after this season and other major backers have scaled back on auto racing spending, including Target, Home Depot, Sprint, UPS, Subway, GoDaddy and Best Buy.

Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing, said a new sponsor will become one of the highest-profile brands in NASCAR and a partner with the namesake Furniture Row, Bass Pro Shops, Auto-Owners Insurance, Toyota and Denver Mattress.

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CHASE BRISCOE WINS DOOR-BANGING OVERTIME SHOOTOUT AT ELDORA

ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Chase Briscoe held off Grant Enfinger on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in a door-banging overtime shootout Wednesday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Briscoe won NASCAR’s only national series race on dirt in his first Truck start since taking the season finale last year at Homestead. He drove the No. 27 Ford for Sandusky-based ThorSport Racing, finishing 0.38 seconds ahead of teammate Enfinger.

“This is our Daytona for dirt guys,” Briscoe said.

Stewart Friesen was third in the half-mile oval, followed by 2017 race winner Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Logan Seavey, Justin Haley and Nick Hoffman.

Briscoe took the lead from Seavey on a restart with five laps left, with a wreck in the backstretch then bringing out the final caution. Briscoe started the two-lap shootout in the bottom lane and managed to fend off Enfinger.

“I wasn’t going to wear him out and I wasn’t going to wreck him for the win,” Briscoe said.

“We rubbed and I definitely let it float to the wall. I’m sorry for that. It’s not how I race. … It’s so cool to win at Eldora.”

Enfinger missed a chance for his second career Truck victory.

“He used me up and I was going for it,” Enfinger said. “He didn’t do anything dirty. Man, that close. By a bumper. We have a few more races until the playoffs. We’ve got to step it up.”

After having a caution wipe out a four-second lead, Seavey held the lead on a restart with 14 laps to go, but couldn’t keep up with Briscoe and Enfinger when the race went back to green for the final time.

Briscoe also won the second stage. Ben Rhodes, the winner last week in Kentucky, took the first stage, but overshot a corner and hit the wall early in the second. He ended up 29th in the 32-truck field.

Series points leader Johnny Sauter finished 16th.

Cup driver Ryan Newman was 30th.

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