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Furniture Row Racing crew member Jim Watson dies

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Furniture Row Racing has announced fabricator James “Jim” Watson has died after suffering a heart attack, the team said on Sunday morning. He was 55-years-old.

Watson was with the team in Kansas Speedway. It’s not clear if the NASCAR community will have a moment of silence before Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race there.

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He joined Furniture Row Racing in February. Prior to that, he spent last season with HScott Motorsports and was with Roush Fenway Racing from 2006 through 2015.

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Watson was also a racer besides working on the cars. He was a late model driver and asphalt super late model racer without Southeast Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife Laurie and his daughter Brittany.

“On behalf of Furniture Row Racing, we extend our deepest sympathies to Jim’s family,” Joe Garone, President of Furniture Row Racing, said in a statement. “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 No. 78 teams will be racing with heavy hearts today.”

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Martin Truex Jr., who is the driver of the No. 77 car, is on the pole for the race.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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