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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 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

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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

Martin Truex Jr. has earned the seventh-best average finish in 2016 with a 12.07 in 15 starts. His qualification effort has actually been a little better at 10.73.

Everyone was waiting for Truex’s first win, but before that occurred he was cruising along nicely with five top-10s in the first 12 events. In that span of races, only two efforts landed outside the top 15 and one of these was an 18th.
Jun 22 - 1:39 PM

Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, and Michael Annett were late to the first qualification session after their cars had difficulty passing inspection at Michigan International Speedway for the Firekeepers Casino 400.

NASCAR delayed qualification because it took a while to clear the field with the new aerodynamic package, but when these cars failed inspection they were sent to the back of the line. Keselowski and Bowyer cleared about three minutes into the first session, but they were rushed to the line. Truex finally passed with 15 minutes remaining in round 1.
Jun 10 - 4:37 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second fastest time in the first practice session for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a top speed of 201.314 mph.

Truex was unable to capitalize on the momentum his dominant Coke 600 win gave the team after running into multiple problems at Pocono Raceway. As a fast, unrestricted, intermediate speedway Michigan will be a better test for the team.
Jun 10 - 12:36 PM

It has been quite some time since NASCAR has seen domination like the series witnessed in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. He led at the 100-, 200-, 300-, 400-, 500-, and 600-mile mark. Truex led 392 laps and posted 106 fastest laps to make him the driver no fantasy player could win without.

The only drama associated with Truex was wondering if anything would go wrong in the final laps. Truex had dominant performances earlier this season at Kansas Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway before bad luck and pit strategy cost him. He was so popular that practically every player had him on their roster, so while one could not win without him—the No. 78 did not help differentiate any lineups.
May 29 - 10:06 PM

Martin Truex Jr.’s dominance of the Coca-Cola 600 weekend continued in final practice. He posted the fastest single lap in that session after setting the quickest 10 consecutive laps in Saturday morning’s session and winning the pole on Thursday night.

Truex may not win the race, but he should easily be one of the best fantasy values in any game. He is poised to repeat his Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway performance. In those games, he earned the most points in salary cap games.
May 28 - 1:59 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the quickest time in Saturday morning’s practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His 10-lap average speed of 186.625 mph came in his first 10 laps on the track.

Truex rolls off the pole and this balance of long-run speed with that track position is going to allow him to record some early laps led. That should factor into the decision to start him in most fantasy games.
May 28 - 11:15 AM

Martin Truex Jr. recorded a lap of 192.328 mph to edge Joey Logano’s 192.007. Truex will lead the field to green on Sunday.

Truex dominated earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway before late-race mistakes sent him home with only a modest result. He was one of the best fantasy values in those games, however.
May 26 - 8:12 PM

Martin Truex Jr. timed a late-race pit stop in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway so that he would leave pit road and restart in the outside row. Unfortunately, that proved to be a mistake when Jimmie Johnson’s Chevrolet failed to engage a gear and stacked up half the field with 50 laps remaining. Truex was immediately behind the No. 48 and sustained significant damage, but there was enough carnage that he was able to salvage a ninth-place finish.

Truex was predictably strong, but this race now counts as one in a string of disappointments. The cumulative effect of several near misses might be worse than if the No. 78 had no momentum at all, but with Pocono Raceway coming up on the circuit—and that track being near his home state of New Jersey—he should remain on fantasy owners’ radar screens for another couple of weeks.
May 15 - 8:34 PM

Martin Truex Jr. had another dominant race going until he was derailed by a loose wheel during a green flag pit stop on lap 211 of the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. A lug nut got hung up between the wheel and hub, which forced him back into the pits and momentarily cost him a lap to the leaders.

Truex rallied to finish 14th, but it was far from the result he expected. He led 172 laps prior to his problem, however, which banked a lot of points for his fantasy owners.
May 8 - 12:32 AM

Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Saturday night’s GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 190.921 mph. This is his eighth career pole with his most recent one coming at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.

Truex’s best start on this track came last May when he rolled off the grid fourth. He ran well in that race to finish ninth, which is part of a current three-race, top-15 streak at Kansas. His latest pole from the similarly-configured Texas track also ended well; he finished sixth in the 2012 Samsung Mobile 500.
May 6 - 7:43 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. His top speed was 187.696 mph.

Truex enters the weekend with a seven-race streak of top-15s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Only one of these ended in a top-five, but he was one of the dominant points’ earners in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas and could be a great value this week.
May 6 - 3:04 PM