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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. took the lead on a late-race restart in the 400 at Kansas Speedway and watched as the remainder of the top five battled hard. He beat Brad Keselowski to the line by 1.1 seconds.
Truex ran well at Kansas last year, but this was one of the tracks where strange things happened to keep him from Victory Lane. His ninth career win was a bit of vindication. May 13 - 11:53 PM

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Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in Friday morning’s practice session for the 400 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 185.065 mph.

Truex has not cracked the top five in his last four starts on this track, but he has been consistent with results of ninth through 15th. He has run stronger than those raw results suggest, however, and should contend for his best result in two years.
May 12 - 12:34 PM

Martin Truex Jr. needs an incident-free race this week after suffering a mishap in his last four restrictor-plate, superspeedway attempts.

In his last four plate races, Truex has sustained crash damage three times and an engine failure one time. In the last race when he did not experience any trouble, he finished second in the 2016 Daytona 500. He was seventh in the fall Talladega race of 2015, so staying out of trouble will be key.
May 6 - 1:18 PM

For the second week in a row, Martin Truex Jr. had a late-race penalty, but he overcame his setback and finished 10th in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Truex was sent to the back of the pack for a commitment line violation following a lap-367 caution. Last week, a late-race speeding penalty cost him a shot at winning Bristol Motor Speedway’s Food City 500; he finished eighth on that bullring. Despite these problems, Truex should be regarded as a driver who is improving his short track performance.
Apr 30 - 7:30 PM

Martin Truex Jr. had the best 10-lap average in Happy Hour for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 119.074 mph.

Truex was also second-fastest in that session and rolls off the grid on the inside of the second row. He has a perfect combination to lead laps early and should be considered in most fantasy games.
Apr 29 - 12:49 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400 with a speed of 124.178 mph.

In a 400-lap race, qualification matters because track position is difficult to make up. A good pit selection that comes with a top-five start makes it easier to handicap a driver at the top of the order.
Apr 28 - 1:01 PM

Martin Truex Jr. drove the No. 78 Toyota to an eighth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, but NASCAR officials found one of the car's 20 lug nuts was improperly installed in a post-race check.

Crew chief Cole Pearn was fined $10,000 for the violation. Pearn is in his third season atop the box at Furniture Row Racing, having guided Truex to six wins during that span and the third position in the 2017 driver
Apr 26 - 3:56 PM

A speeding penalty with 35 laps to go foiled Martin Truex’s bid for victory in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Truex has experienced a variety of problems on this track and that made him a risky proposition. With that in mind, his ability to recover and get back into the top 10 should be considered a moral victory. He will have a better handicap this summer as a result.
Apr 24 - 6:21 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished eighth in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, which was his fourth consecutive top-10 on one of the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Truex is great on this track type, but mistakes often plague the team. Still, they have not finished worse than 17th in the last 22 races on this track type and have a 26-race streak of finishing on the lead lap on them.
Apr 9 - 6:45 PM

Martin Truex Jr. gambled on old tires at Auto Club Speedway, just like Ryan Newman did last week at Phoenix International Raceway. It did not give him the win, but Truex was able to hang on for fourth.

Truex probably had one of the two best cars and on equal tires and it would have been an interesting battle at the front. Unfortunately, Truex slid through his pit stall on his final stop and lost track position, which caused the team to take the gamble. He won segment two of the Auto Club 400, however, and banked one more championship bonus point.
Mar 26 - 7:15 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has alternately struggled, prospered, and finished modestly in his past three years on two-mile tracks. Last year, he ended with an average of 21.3.

Truex had a best finish of 23rd in 2014 on the combined two-milers and then swept the top 10 in 2015. It is difficult to predict this week’s finish from those stats, but his result in the 2017 Auto Club 400 should be an indicator of how he will run for the remainder of the season.
Mar 25 - 11:55 AM

Martin Truex Jr. had the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 134.525 mph during his third to 12th laps around the track.

Truex is going to need that sustained speed if he wants to pick his way to the front. He qualified only 16th for the Camping World 500 and this is not one of his better courses. In a season with several dark horse contenders finishing in the top 10, it might be best to look for a different favorite.
Mar 18 - 2:18 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has scored only one Phoenix International Raceway top-five in his career and that came well back in 2009.

Truex has only one top-10 in his last six attempts on this track. He does have a majority of top-15s, however, and that would be a positive statistic for almost anyone else. But Truex is expected to race for top-fives on a weekly basis. That is unlikely to happen in the Camping World 500, so he should be avoided this week.
Mar 18 - 11:59 AM

Martin Truex Jr. was one of the notable drivers who failed to advance to the final round of qualification. His lap of 135.532 mph was good enough for just 16th.

The last time Truex qualified in this range at Phoenix International Raceway was the spring 2015 500 He finished seventh. This has not been his best track and he needs to be watched in practice before players commit.
Mar 17 - 8:36 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has earned the third-most segment points so far in 2017 with 34.

Twenty of those points came with last week’s pair of segment wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His success propelled him to fourth in the standings, but more importantly he has the most playoff bonus points of seven. That gives this team a little room to breathe.
Mar 17 - 2:06 PM