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Furniture Row Racing is enjoying its best season ever.
Furniture Row Racing made is debut in the Sprint Cup Series by running two races in 2005. The following season they ran full-time, but had what could only be considered marginal at best.
The story of Furniture Row is well documented. While most of the teams they compete against are based out of Charlotte, FRR is a single-car team that is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. They have a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, but overall, they are still considered a one-car team.
After barely scraping by for a few seasons, the team started to turn a corner in the 2010 season. While they had still failed to ever score a top-10 finish, Regan Smith piloted the car to a 28th place points standing and set the team in good position for 2011.
After securing not only his first top-10 finish as driver, but also the teams first, by finishing seventh in the 2011 Daytona 500, Smith and FRR shocked the world later that season in Darlington.
After playing the pit strategy game, Smith was able to hold off Carl Edwards and score his and FRR's first career win. He finished the season with five top-finishes.
The 2012 season saw Smith have a few more decent runs with the team before they turned to Kurt Busch for the final six weeks of the year. He would end the season with three consecutive top-10 finishes, a first in Front Row's history.
The first half of the 2013 season has been nothing short of amazing for FRR. With Busch behind the wheel, they have recorded eight top-10 finishes in the first 18 races. The team won the pole at Darlington and for the season has led 160 laps. In its previous eight seasons of existence, FRR cars had led a total of just 48 laps.
If not for a poor final pit stop, Busch appeared to be the car to beat in the All-Star Race as well.
Busch and FRR currently sit ninth in the point standings. For a single-car team that is based across the country from all of its competitors, the 2013 season has seemingly come out of nowhere, and one can only hope that they pull of the upset, and secure one of the Chase positions.