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Martin Truex Jr.

Team: Furniture Row Racing-78
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/29/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'6" / 180

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Martin Truex Jr. led 78 of the 267 laps that made up the Ford 400 at Homestead to secure the 2018 Championship and the race win.
The highest finishing playoff driver would be awarded the championship but with the level of drivers competing it was pretty clear that the only way to win was to win. Truex beat fellow playoff contender Kyle Busch to the line by 0.681 seconds. This is Truex’s first Monster Energy Cup Series championship, and his eighth win of the season. In a breakout season for the seasoned driver, Truex won four regular season races, one race in the first round of the playoffs, two in the second round, and the season’s finale. While the 2017 season is over Truex has given fantasy owners a lot to think about for 2018. The reigning champion will go into the Daytona red hot and ready to prove that this season was not a fluke. Sun, Nov 19, 2017 06:33:00 PM

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Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in Happy Hour for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 171.195 mph. He was also second-quickest in terms of 10-lap averages with a speed of 164.460 during his first 10 laps on track.

Truex was mong the top three in both fastest and quickest laps in the morning as well. He has dominated 1.5-mile tracks albeit the doglegged version and not this true oval. It is difficult to not thing of him as athe favorite to win the championship in light of his domination in 2017.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 03:13:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second quickest 10-lap average speed in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 165.186 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Truex was third fastest in terms of single laps in that session and the combination of speed and durability is going to make him the favorite to win the 2017 Championship.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 01:21:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. held the top spot in qualifying for the Ford 400 until the last minute. Denny Hamlin turned a late run into the top qualifying lap when he was .005 seconds faster than Truex's best run. The playoff contender will start on the front row one position ahead of fellow playoff driver Kyle Busch.

With Kyle Busch starting one position behind Truex and the two being razor close in both practice and qualifying times so far this weekend look ahead to a hard battle between the top two starters of the final four playoff contenders.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 07:32:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second fastest speed in the first practice session for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap of 172.529 mph.

That put him only 3/100ths of a second behind Kyle Busch. As the two battle for the championship, they are going to race head to head. That will make for an exciting race, but fantasy owners will need to flip a coin to decide who to start.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 05:43:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished third in the Can Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which is his career-best finish on this track.

It is also his first top-five since fall 2009 and in the intervening races, he has earned an average finish of about 19th. He was not flying under the radar by any stretch of the imagination, but this was still a turnaround result.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 06:03:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. got passed by Kevin Harvick in the closing laps of the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and came up one position short of winning his seventh race on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.

Truex didn’t need the win to advance, but this could have some significance nevertheless. It hands momentum to Harvick before the final race—which will also be on a 1.5-mile track—and Truex is not at his best at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 06:10:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway after starting the race on the outside pole.

This is not Truex’s best track, so he was listed as a driver to avoid. He can never be discounted this year, but his failure to lead laps made him a somewhat questionable pick.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 07:16:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second fastest lap in qualification and will line up alongside Joey Logano to start the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Truex is not typically a short, flat master so there is a strong possibility that he could fade in race trim. With Logano up front, Truex could potentially earn minimal points and that makes him a risky proposition.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. added five more bonus points to his total after winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Truex’s mission continues. He is out to prove that he could win the championship under any set of rules and with his dominated performance one would be hard-pressed to argue the point. He n ow has 69 bonus points compared to 42 for Kyle Busch.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 07:08:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. added five more bonus points to his total after winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Truex’s mission continues. He is out to prove that he could win the championship under any set of rules and with his dominated performance one would be hard-pressed to argue the point. He n ow has 69 bonus points compared to 42 for Kyle Busch.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 07:03:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted a lap of 188.029 mph and will lead the field to green Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

After getting involved in last week’s Big One crash, Truex is out to prove that he can rebound. He won the most recent race on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has to be considered one of this week’s favorites.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 01:18:00 AM

Furniture Row Racing, Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour ENERGY® have teamed to form a 30-race co-primary sponsorship on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota during the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.

For 16 selective races the orange-hued paint scheme will feature Bass Pro Shops as the dominant brand on the hood and 5-hour Energy as the dominant brand on the side of the car. For another 14 selective races the red-hued paint scheme will showcase 5-hour ENERGY as the dominant brand on the hood and Bass Pro Shops as the dominant brand on the sides. With Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour ENERGY co-sponsoring 30 races, Auto-Owners Insurance as primary sponsor for six other races and a pending announcement regarding the final two Cup events on the 2018 schedule, Truex’s No. 78 team will be fully sponsored next season.-FRR
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 01:22:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. started round two of the playoffs just as he did round one: with a win. This one came in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Truex also won at Chicagoland four weeks ago to prove he does not need bonus points in order to advance from round to round. In pre-race coverage, we said he would be a top value and he proved us right.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr finished fourth in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway, which completed a sweep of the top five in round one of the playoffs.

Truex won at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago and finished fifth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway even though he does not need the points at this stage of the playoffs. He wants to keep his momentum up, however, and is doing that with ease.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:15:00 PM