BREAKING: NASCAR LEGEND Suddenly Dies Before Sunday’s Race… Please Send Your Prayers


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — James “Jim” Watson, a road-crew fabricator for Furniture Row Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series teams, passed away Saturday night at the age of 55 after suffering a heart attack, NASCAR reported.

A native of Greenfield, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee), Jim had been a member of Furniture Row Racing since February 2017. He worked for Roush Fenway Racing from 2006-2015 and spent last season with HScott Motorsports. Jim was a longtime race car driver, competing in dirt late models and in asphalt super late models throughout southeast Wisconsin.

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“On behalf of Furniture Row Racing we extend our deepest sympathies to Jim’s family,” said Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing. “He was an outstanding and talented member of our racing family, whose life was dedicated to racing since his early days as a race-car driver in Wisconsin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s wife Laurie, daughter Brittany and to his entire family and friends. Our No. 77 and 78 teams will be racing with heavy hearts today.”


Tod Palmer at The Kansas City Star reports that Jim Watson — the road-crew fabricator for Furniture Row, which owns and operates Martin Truex’s No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota and Erik Jones’ 5-Hour Energy Toyota — is survived by his wife, Laurie, and daughter, Brittany.

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Jones and Truex both placed memorial decals with Watson’s first and last initials on a silhouette of the car number on the driver’s side C-post for Sunday’s race.

Truex won the spring race at Kansas Speedway and claimed the pole Friday for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

Jones was leading the Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday before a late-race collision with Christopher Bell kept him from Victory Lane.

Rest in peace brother.

God Bless.



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