If you think LFR will be on equal terms to TRD/Gibbs, I'd like to know where I can get whatever you are smoking. Sure, it's a good deal for Leavine, because how else was he going to build a team that might actually be able to win races, but that doesn't mean he's an equal by a LONG shot, and as soon as LFR no longer serves the purpose of giving their 5th driver in the pecking order a place to hang out, they will likely be right back where they started. What TRD giveth, at some point TRD will taketh away As for Furniture Row, you can't not be a B team when you rely on someone else for your cars, your engineering, your pit crew, pretty much everything. Just because you might out perform the mothership once in a while, doesn't change your status. When it was all boiled down, the only thing that FRR had that was of any value to TRD was the crew chief and the driver, (anything and anyone else of value was already the property of TRD/Gibbs) so rather than help FRR stay in business, whether Visser owned it or not, it was just easier to bring those two into the fold and let FRR die. At the end of the day, the ONLY thing that matters to TRD is the TRD/Gibbs team. Everything else is just a means to an end. Whether you like that business strategy or you don't like it, (it's been pretty effective) be willing to call it what it is.