According to a report on foxsports.com, Furniture Row is set to form a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing:
"While the team may look the same on the outside, eternally we're much stronger," said Joe Garone, general manager of Furniture Row Racing. "One of the assets with the alliance with Richard Childress is our ability to be secure in the top 35.
"During the last quarter, we decided we needed to run the full season. Around May or June, we realized how much it hurt us not to run the full season."
In the offseason, FRR restructured its organization with an eye on expansion in the future. FRR acquired Mark McArdle, the former VP and director of competition at Richard Petty Motorsports, as its competition director and named former Michael Waltrip engineer Ryan Coniam crew chief for the No. 78. Pete Rondeau, who oversaw RPM's research and development program, joined FRR as car chief.
"Our hope is to secure our sponsorship to advance our growth as an organization for the future," Garone added. "We can race on the Furniture Row sponsorship, but it wouldn't allow us to expand to a second car. Our primary goal is to have the No. 78 team run at 100 percent efficiency."
Reading between the lines, it appears the points from RCR's now shuttered 07 will be transferred to the 78 car. It will be up to Regan Smith to keep the car in the top 35.
Furniture Row has been the little team that could since in arrived on the scene in 2006. It ran full seasons from 2006-08 before cutbacks forced them to trim their schedule to 18 events in 2009. Smith, the 2008 Cup rookie of the year when he drove for Dale Earnhardt Inc., has never finished top 10 in 59 career Cup starts.
Furniture Row is based out of Denver, Colo., the only team headquartered west of the Mississippi.