|Martin Truex Jr. is part of "Field' bet at 10/1 in Sprint Unlimited|
A former race engineer for Furniture Row Racing, Pearn will make his official crew chief debut Saturday night (Feb. 14) in the non-points Sprint Unlimited, a 75-lap race at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. It will be the first major event of Speedweeks, which will culminate with NASCAR’s crown jewel — the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22.
Truex qualified for the Sprint Unlimited – previously known as the Budweiser Shootout — as a result of being a former Daytona 500 pole winner (2009).
“I am really looking forward to having Cole as my crew chief,” said Truex, who will be making his fourth career appearance in the Sprint Unlimited. “He is heavy in the brain department and I am heavy with the right foot. I guess you could say thatâs a pretty solid driver/crew chief combination.”
Truex added, “That was good news when NASCAR changed the qualifying requirements for the Sprint Unlimited. When you’re at Daytona you want to race when everybody else is racing, you don’t want to be on the sidelines. The Sprint Unlimited is a fun race without the pressure of points. This race always seems to get a little dicey but thatâs what we enjoy.”:
Though the race requires more work and more cars to be transported from the Furniture Row Racing shop in Denver, Colorado to Daytona Beach, Pearn couldnât be happier to be one of the 25 teams entered for the Sprint Unlimited.
“You want to be a participant, not a spectator,” said Pearn. “You kind of feel out of it when you don’t qualify for this race. It’s a good event to work out the bugs and begin preparations for the 500. We’re coming to Daytona well equipped and well prepared.”
The Sprint Cup teams will return to the track on Sunday for Pole Day qualifying.
Saturday nightâs Sprint Unlimited will be aired on FOX, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. FOX will also air Sundayâs Pole Day qualifying at 1 p.m. ET.
Truex’s Career Sprint Unlimited Record
Sprint Unlimited Totals
|Races||Win||T5||T10||Pole||Laps Led||Laps Completed||AvgSt||AvgFn||DNF||Money|
|3||0||0||1||1||9||176 of 22777.8%||5.3||16.3||2||101,368|
Furniture Row Racing Traveling Crew, 2015
No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew
|Front-tire changer||Dave Collins, Hayden Lake, Idaho|
|Front-tire carrier||Craig Curione, Sanborn, N.Y.|
|Rear-tire changer||Kyle Turner, Yorktown, Va.|
|Rear-tire carrier||Adam Mosher, Fort Mill, S.C.|
|Jackman||Carey Wimbish, Granite Falls, N.C.|
|Gasman||Brian Dheel, Akron, Ohio|
No. 78 Road Crew
|General Manager||Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.|
|Crew Chief||Cole Pearn, London, Ontario, Canada|
|Car Chief||Blake Harris, Maypearl, Texas|
|Engineers||Jeff Curtis, Fairfax Station, Va.Pete Craik, Melbourne, Australia|
|Spotter||Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.|
|Engine Specialist||Craig Griffiths, Thomasville, N.C.|
|Engine Builder||Earnhardt-Childress Racing|
|Shock Specialist||Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio|
|Tire Specialist||Tommy DiBlasi, Annapolis, Md.|
|Gary Frost, Romeo, Mich.,Austin Frankart, Fort Seneca, Ohio|
|Transportation||Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL, Chris Burton, Cincinnati, Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Mich., Roy Miller, Elkridge, Md., Henry Benfield, Statesville, N.C.|
- DMF Communications for Furniture Row Racing