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Furniture Row Racing team owner has heart attack, bypass surgery

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team owner Barney Visser underwent successful bypass surgery November 6 following a heart attack suffered two days earlier, according to a release from his Furniture Row Racing organization.

As a result, Visser will miss the final two NASCAR Cup Series races - this weekend in Phoenix and next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway where Martin Truex Jr., the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team's auto, will be one for four finalists competing for the season championship.

According to the team, Visser said he was not feeling well and experienced numbness before checking into a hospital November 4.

Because of the recommended recovery period for the bypass surgery, Visser will not attend Sunday's semifinal playoff race at Phoenix Raceway nor the November 19 championship final at Homestead. Visser said he is hoping to be in touch with Truex and crew chief Cole Pearn leading up to the final race at Homestead.

Furniture Row expanded to two cars in 2017 with the addition of Erik Jones to the team. 5-Hour Energy, Jones' sponsor in 2017, will move over and be a co-primary sponsor of Truex's auto in 2018.

Because of Monster Energy's title sponsorship of the Cup Series, 5-Hour had to stay with FRR if it wanted to stay in the Cup Series.



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