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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. posted a lap of 98.206 mph at Martinsville Speedway and won the pole for the Goody's Fast Relief 500.
Last week, Truex was eliminated from Chase contention with a blown engine. The rest of the season is for pride and fifth in the points. Truex has not been uniformly strong at Martinsville, but he managed to sweep the top 10 last year. Oct 28 - 5:38 PM

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Martin Truex Jr. was sixth in both 2015 Martinsville Speedway races after qualifying on the first two rows and in order to be a good value this week, he needs to finish at least that well in the Goody's Fast Relief 500.

Unfortunately, those are his only top-15s in his last eight Martinsville attempts. This is not his best track; in fact, in terms of career average finishes it ranks second-worst on his all-time list.
Oct 25 - 8:31 PM

Martin Truex Jr. blew an engine barely 41 laps into the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and finished the afternoon 40th.

Truex started the weekend from the pole amidst controversy. NASCAR confiscated some parts relating to the jack screw and might still issue a penalty. Truex would probably have been able to weather any potential points’ penalty if he had finished in the top-10, but now there is no doubt. He failed to advance to the third round of the Chase and joins the battle for fifth in the final standings.
Oct 24 - 5:18 PM

Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway with a speed of 193.423 mph.

Earlier in the qualification session, NASCAR confiscated parts from the No. 78 team that could lead to a points’ penalty. Since the infraction was found prior to time trials, it is unlikely that any penalties would include stripping the team of the automatic advance to the third round of the Chase. Truex is highly motivated to win and earn maximum points.
Oct 22 - 5:43 PM

NASCAR confiscated front jack screws from the No. 78 of Martin Truex Jr. during inspection for qualification at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

NASCAR could levy a penalty for this team. Penalties normally come mid-week following a race and this could impact Truex’s ability to advance to the third round depending on his outcome in the Hellmann's 500.
Oct 22 - 5:08 PM

Martin Truex Jr. earned back-to-back top-10s at Talladega SuperSpeedway in 2013 and again in 2015.

In recent even numbered years, Truex has failed to finish in the top-10, however. His best result at Talladega in 2012 was a 12th and in 2014 he topped out at 17th. The most positive aspect of his recent ‘Dega career has been an ability to finish races, however; Truex has a current eight-race streak of finishing on the lead lap and he has failed to go the distance only once since 2009.
Oct 20 - 7:29 PM

Martin Truex Jr. sustained some crash damage at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week, and his 13th-place finish broke a five-race streak of results seventh or better.

Truex has been one of the hottest drivers on the circuit with three victories in that five-race streak. Sometimes something as small as a 13th-place finish can snap a driver’s momentum, however. Truex is one of the most expensive drivers in the field and he needs a top-five to validate his salary cap.
Oct 14 - 11:25 AM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the third fastest speed in the first practice session for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His top speed was 196.623 mph.

Truex dominated the Coke 600 this spring. He won the most recent race on this track type at Chicagoland Speedway and twice more in the past five races. He is expensive in most games, but with this much momentum on his side is well worth the cost.
Oct 6 - 7:12 PM

Martin Truex Jr. led 187 of 400 laps in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway to score his third victory in the past five races.

Truex won the Chase opening race at Chicagoland Speedway and the Southern 500 two weeks previous. He finished third at Richmond International Raceway and had a car capable of winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week. He is establishing the Furniture Row team as one of the favorites to win the championship.
Oct 2 - 5:27 PM

With the Citizen Soldier 400 set by owner points, Martin Truex Jr. will roll off the grid from the outside of the front row.

Truex has been capable of winning each of the past four races this season. Starting up front could contribute to his leading laps at the beginning of the 400-miler. Laps click off at a rapid pace on this rhythm track, so Truex should be a great value unless he is outpaced by Keselowski during short bursts of speed.
Sep 30 - 5:24 PM

Martin Truex Jr. had a dominant car for most of the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but he was shuffled out of the lead just before the checkers and ultimately finished seventh.

Truex led the most laps at 141 and netted NASCAR’s top Driver Rating. He remained one of the top scorers in most fantasy games and outperformed a substantial salary cap. Dover International Speedway is another solid track for him, so he should maintain his position in keeper leagues.
Sep 25 - 7:42 PM

Chase contending drivers Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. tied for the fastest single lap in practice at 132.186 mph. That was an identical time down to the thousandth of a second: 28.814.

This proves just how important the tiniest details are on a one-mile track. Truex gets the nod based on experience, but if Larson has track position at the end of the afternoon he will be able to stay in front.
Sep 24 - 10:01 AM

Martin Truex Jr. will line up on the outside pole for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire. His lap of 135.212 was 0.050 seconds slower than Carl Edwards.

Truex lined up third this July before sustaining crash damage and a broken and falling to 16th at the checkers. If Truex stays out of trouble, he should contend for a top-five for the fourth consecutive race.
Sep 23 - 5:52 PM

Martin Truex Jr. failed post-race laser inspection following his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 win at Chicagoland Speedway. "The Furniture Row Racing driver said his No. 78 Toyota was off by 10 thousandths of a degree in the right rear, but its left rear was within tolerances," according to NBC’s Nate Ryan.

Since the infraction was minimal, Truex will almost certainly be able to keep the automatic berth to the second round despite a new rule that gives NASCAR the discretion to strip them of that free pass. He will lose points, but that is inconsequential since they will reset following Dover International Speedway.
Sep 19 - 3:17 PM

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win in the first round of the 2016 Chase and earned an automatic berth to the second round. He pitted before the green-white-checkered restart and advanced from fourth on the restart to the lead on the white flag lap. He held onto the spot after starting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway sixth.

Truex had the dominant car for much of the day but was unable to overcome the poor track position that a flat tire on about lap 70 cost him. Without the late-race caution for a blown tire on Michael McDowell, he would probably not have been able to catch Chase Elliott. Truex has earned maximum fantasy points in the last three similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races and was a great value again this week.
Sep 18 - 5:46 PM