Erik Jones at Bristol Motor Speedway (AP Photo/NKP, Nigel Kinrade)
JOLIET, Ill. -- Furniture Row Racing is set to return to a one-car team next season because it can't find sponsorship for the No. 77 Toyota.
FRR expanded to two cars this year with the addition of Erik Jones in the 77. FRR also fields a car for NASCAR points leader Martin Truex Jr
But Jones is moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 and FRR has come up short in finding the funds necessary to run a second car.
"The fact is, we don't have sponsorship today," FRR president Joe Garone said. "We're still working on obtaining sponsorship. If something happens in the next few weeks, it's not exactly dead. We definitely want to keep the 77 running. But we're running out of time."
Garone said FRR's "intent is run it" but added that the odds of just fielding a car for Truex in 2018 was "high."
"It just comes down to funding," he said.
Sponsor 5-Hour Energy, which had run on the 77, will stay with Furniture Row.
Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser had told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio he was selling its second charter. Should FRR somehow find a sponsor and a driver in the next few weeks, Garone said the team should be able to find another charter. Teams can run without a charter, which guarantees a starting spot in the field.
"It's just not a big deal to him," Garone said of the charter. "It's about getting sponsorship and keeping it going."