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Martin Truex Jr.

Team: Furniture Row Racing-78
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/29/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 180

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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

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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

Martin Truex Jr. has been running on the lead lap in his most recent 17 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, a streak that extends to the 2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Ten of those results ended in top-10s and nearly all were top-15s.

Last year, his best Kansas Speedway result was a ninth in the spring. He had more momentum at the time than when he entered finished 15th in the fall, so fantasy owners should expect a result somewhere in between.
May 5 - 3:59 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished better than he started for the first time in the past seven races this season, adding 13-place-differential points to those awarded for his ninth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Since finishing second to Denny Hamlin at Daytona International Speedway this February by a whisker, Truex has run well, but this was only his fourth top-10 finish. He’s helping players win their league when they keep the faith, but it has been difficult to treat him the same in 2015 as one did in 2016.
Apr 24 - 8:22 PM

Richmond International Raceway has been the second-worst track during Martin Truex Jr.’s career with an average finish of 22nd in 20 starts.

Truex is reversing that trend with three top-10s in the his five Richmond attempts, which would make him an interesting dark horse if not for the fact that he is improving everywhere.
Apr 22 - 12:08 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has scored three top-10 finishes in his last five Richmond International Raceway attempts. Equally notable, his last two results outside that mark came in the fall races.

While Truex should be considered a solid value, his chances of scoring a top-five are not great. He has one such finish in 2008 driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc. He will not anchor many rosters, but should be considered a great fill-in pick when his salary cap fits the right gap.
Apr 21 - 4:16 PM

Crew chief Cole Pearn called Martin Truex Jr. into the pits on the next-to-last stop, but the call came too late. Afraid of hitting the commitment cone, Truex stayed out on old tires and eventually slipped back to sixth at the checkers.

If the race had gone green from the penultimate caution, Truex might have been able to keep his advantage since he had the buffer of one car with no tires and another with two. In the shootout to the end, his overheated rubber was too worn, however. By the end of the regular season, this team could lament several races that "got away."
Apr 10 - 1:44 AM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Duck Commander 500 with a lap of 192.390 mph.

Truex has been uneven at Texas in recent years. He swept the top 10 in 2015, but failed to crack the top 15 in 2014. He has never scored three consecutive top-10s on this track, so he could have a personal best this weekend.
Apr 8 - 7:56 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Duck Commander 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. His top speed of 192.892 mph was set in the final moments of practice.

Truex was the only Toyota driver in the top 10, but fantasy owners can expect things to even out before Saturday night’s race begins since this manufacturer has been solid on unrestricted, intermediate speedways all season.
Apr 7 - 7:01 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished 18th in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which did not earn very many points for fantasy owners, but he currently sits 11th in the points.

The good news is that Truex has 16 consecutive top-20 finishes on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and he should be able to maintain his spot in the Chase. Unless he has solid times in practice, however, he should be avoided on Saturday night.
Apr 7 - 1:16 PM

Martin Truex Jr. will race Joey Logano differently after a confrontation between the two drivers at Auto Club Speedway sent the No. 78 into the wall, according to NBC Sports.

Logano is not making very many friends on the track, but that will happen when one drives aggressively. Without that aggression, however, drivers don’t get to the front of the pack. It’s a double-edged sword.
Mar 22 - 7:22 PM

Kyle Busch posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 182.568 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

His time is boosted by Carl Edwards’ fastest lap in this same session and Martin Truex Jr.’s second-quickest lap of 182.487 mph. The Toyotas will be a force in Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
Mar 19 - 12:22 PM