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Martin Truex Jr.

Team: Furniture Row Racing-78
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/29/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 180

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Martin Truex Jr. had the fastest lap in the first practice session, but was unable to back that up in qualification when it mattered most. His lap of 200.356 was 14th best.
Truex should be fine in race trim, but fantasy owners should wait until Saturday’s sessions are in the books. This could be a blessing in disguise since it should allow Truex to earn positive place-differential points. Aug 26 - 6:03 PM

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Martin Truex Jr. was one of two drivers who posted a speed greater than 201 mph in Friday’s practice session for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Truex’s top speed of 201.545 mph was 0.073 seconds faster than Jimmie Johnson with a time of 201.134.

Truex was expected to run well based on the overall domination of Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Speed has not been his problem—nor for that matter has it been for Johnson. The two drivers need good luck to stay out of trouble for 400 miles.
Aug 26 - 1:34 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest lap in the second practice session for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway His speed of 129.587 mph was 0.011 seconds slower than fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch.

Truex has an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch was one position ahead while JGR-mate Matt Kenseth was the third-fastest driver in this practice. Look for Toyotas to dominate the top-five on Saturday night.
Aug 19 - 2:04 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has the seventh-best average finish in 2016 at 13.36. His average starting position has been 9.64, so he has consistently lost place-differential points.

The 2016 season has been filled with a lot of ‘what-might-have-beens’ for Truex. If the team can exorcise the bad luck and mistakes, they will easily improve by a few positions, which would make them a top-five value every week.
Aug 13 - 9:32 PM

Martin Truex Jr. was spun on the final corner of the last lap of the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen and dropped to seventh at the checkered flag. He started the race 14th.

Truex was en route to being one of the best values in the game with ample finishing points and a positive place-differential. Given the timing of some incidents in recent weeks, at least Truex did not crash early and finish outside the top 20. While this was not the result he wanted, it did not cost him momentum and that is important as the series turns its attention to the final four regular season races.
Aug 7 - 7:54 PM

Martin Truex Jr. attempted to make only one qualification run, but was held up on his lap by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. His lap was only good enough for 14th on the grid and he will need to play a little strategy to get into the top 10.

Truex was one of the fastest drivers in practice and notably upset with Stenhouse after the round was over. He has a fast enough car to overcome the poor qualification run and contend for the win; last year Joey Logano won from 16th. If nothing else, Truex will earn significant place-differential points.
Aug 6 - 1:01 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Cheez-it 355 at Watkins Glen International. His top speed was 126.883 mph.

Truex remains a dark horse this week. He finished fifth this June in the Toyota / Save Mart 350, but that is his only top-10 on a road course since the end of 2013. That year he swept the top five on this track type, however, with a win at Sonoma.
Aug 5 - 2:13 PM

Persistent rain and an unforgiving forecast has delayed the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway to Monday with coverage beginning at 10:30 Eastern on NBCSN. When the field goes green, they will be led to the line by Martin Truex Jr.

June’s race on this track was also delayed to Monday but there is a 60 percent chance of rain at 11 am, so there is a possibility this race will not occur until Tuesday. Most fantasy games have already locked and will not open again.
Jul 31 - 3:37 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in Pocono Raceway’s final practice session for the Pennsylvania 400 with a speed of 176.377 mph. He will lead the Pennsylvania 400 field to green.

That confirms his pole winning lap from Friday and confirms that he has short run speed. So long as he stays in contact with the leaders, he should surge late in the race and challenge for a victory. Even if he does not challenge for the win, he should lead laps early and that will offset any possible place-differential points’ loss.
Jul 30 - 12:29 PM

Martin Truex Jr. will lead the Pennsylvania 400 field to green Sunday at Pocono Raceway. His lap of 179.244 mph was good enough to outpace Carl Edwards’ 178.873. This is Truex’s 10th career pole.

Truex told pit reporter Parker Kligerman that this is the same car he had at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The Coke 600 was Truex’s latest pole and he was absolutely dominant in that event. That race was the first time in his career Truex won a race from the pole and he expects to add to that stat on Sunday.
Jul 29 - 5:37 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished eighth in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard after starting the afternoon eighth. This was his fourth result of 11th or better in the past five Indianapolis Motor Speedway races.

Truex would have preferred to finish in the top five like he did last year, but the big picture reveals he did not crash or experience any trouble. That is important as the series counts down the regular season races with six remaining before the Chase.
Jul 24 - 8:59 PM

Martin Truex Jr led 123 laps and seemed to have one of the dominant cars until problems at the end of the New Hampshire 301 derailed his efforts again. He broke a shifter and then his transmission, which ultimately cost him a shot at the win; Truex finished 16th.

Fantasy owners and his fans should be encouraged, however, because this was one of his strongest runs on something other than a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. He will be a favorite again next week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jul 17 - 7:59 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the New Hampshire 301. His top speed of 133.562 mph was 0.039 seconds faster than Carl Edwards’ 133.380.

Truex has the added benefit of being one of this week’s hometown drivers. Hailing from Delaware, friends and family show up for this race. That is always good for a split second on the track. Truex swept the top 15 last year with a 12th in this race and an eighth in the fall.
Jul 15 - 1:02 PM

A penalty for passing in the pits cost Martin Truex Jr. a shot at victory. Forced to restart 22nd—at the tail-end of the lead lap with 67 circuits remaining—Truex had to charge hard to get back with the leaders and was not able to conserve fuel. He made a determined charge to third, then had to pit for fuel.

Truex pulled ahead of leader Kevin Harvick on the final yellow flag stop to get to their pits. He and crew chief Cole Pearn were confused as to why they were penalized when their actions have been standard practice for most drivers all season, but the infraction will undoubtedly be because of the severity of their pass.
Jul 10 - 12:23 AM

After sweeping those positions in 2013, Martin Truex Jr. failed to finish in the top five in his last four road course races until this weekend. He finished fifth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma to get back into championship form.

For a while, Truex seemed like the driver most likely to challenge for the lead. He faded near the end of the race, but still managed to finish among the leaders.
Jun 26 - 7:47 PM