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Team: Furniture Row Racing-78
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/29/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 180

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Furniture Row Racing announced today that Cole Pearn has been promoted from lead race engineer to crew chief of the No. 78 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Pearn, 32, replaces Todd Berrier, who has been offered a key position to remain at Furniture Row Racing. Pearn initially joined Furniture Row Racing from Richard Childress Racing at the start of the 2010 season. He led Furniture Row’s race-engineering staff through mid-year of 2011. He returned to the Denver-based team as the lead race engineer in the middle of 2012.-Furniture Row Racing Dec 3 - 4:03 PM

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Martin Truex Jr. brought out an early caution at Homestead when his No. 78 Chevrolet began smoking in the opening laps of the first practice session for the Ford 400. He spent less than 30 minutes in the garage before returning to the track.

No explanation for the smoke has been given, but it was most likely a loose fitting. Truex immediately jumped into the top 10 on the speed chart.
Nov 14 - 1:17 PM

Martin Truex Jr. is not necessarily the driver who first comes to mind on unrestricted, intermediate speedways, but Homestead has been extremely kind to him during his career. He has never finished worse than 11th as a fulltime racer on this track.

Nearly all of Truex’s results have been top-10s and even with a 32nd during a pre-rookie warm-up in 2004, he has finished that well in 78 percent of his starts. Truex is modestly priced in most games and belongs on a majority of rosters.
Nov 12 - 11:57 AM

Martin Truex Jr. is closing out the season with a lot of strength. His 12th-place finish at Phoenix was his sixth top-15 during the nine races that make up the Chase.

With an average finish of 23.0 in the Eliminator, he certainly would not have advanced to the Championship round, but he has undoubtedly helped several fantasy owners get further up their personal grids.
Nov 10 - 10:07 AM

Martin Truex Jr posted the quickest 10-lap average in the Saturday morning practice session for the AAA Texas 500. His best time was 190.246 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Truex has improved his performance in recent attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and this underscores his value as a dark horse.
Nov 1 - 2:07 PM

Martin Truex Jr. enters the AAA Texas 500 with a three-race, top-15 streak on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He finished 14th at Chicagoland and Charlotte, but had his best effort at Kansas in the Hollywood Casino 400 when he scored a fourth.

Truex’s struggles at the beginning of the season have kept his salary cap manageably low, which may make him one of the best values in the game.
Nov 1 - 11:45 AM

Martin Truex Jr. has improved in his last four races this season. After finishing 25th at Richmond, he scored a 14th at Chicagoland, a 12th at New Hampshire, a seventh at Dover, and finally a fourth in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas.

That gives him a sweep of the top 15 during the Chase, which means he has earned more points than most of the playoff contenders. It also means he has been a far better fantasy value in recent weeks than nearly anyone else in the game.
Oct 5 - 8:09 PM

Martin Truex Jr. earned his first top-15 in the last 15 starts with a seventh in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Truex never climbed as high as fifth at Dover, but he spent 141 laps inside the top 15. Good adjustments late in the race allowed him to surge into the top 10, which is positive news going forward for a team that has seemingly struggled with communication in 2014.
Sep 29 - 12:29 PM

Martin Truex Jr. had one of his best finishes this year on the short, flat track of Richmond in the Toyota Owners 400; he finished 10th, which he followed up with a 12th at New Hampshire in another effort on this track type.

For most of 2013 Truex was solid on this track type as well, with six consecutive results of 17th or better. He should be considered a strong dark horse contender to finish in the top 12 for the Sylvania 300, but a 25th-place in Richmond’s second race makes him less than a certainty.
Sep 17 - 2:34 PM

Martin Truex Jr. will have a steep hill to climb on Saturday. He qualified only 29th for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Truex started the Toyota Owners 400 22nd and managed to get into the top 10 at the end of the race. Those extra seven positions could prove problematic, however, because only 1.2 drivers per race have overcome a starting position of 25th or worse in the past six Richmond races.
Sep 5 - 9:21 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished in the top five in his last two Atlanta attempts with Michael Waltrip Racing. The No. 78 team finished fourth last year with Kurt Busch behind the wheel and they both hope to keep that momentum alive.

Truex has not had the same level of success with his new team, however. Whether the lack of results is because of poor communication or bad luck, it is best to leave them in the garage and cheer from a distance this week.
Aug 27 - 5:20 PM

In his last six races, Martin Truex Jr. has scored two top-10s with an average finish of 20.8.

Six races is a rolling year on this track type and both of Truex’s top-10s came at Richmond. That makes the Irwin Tools Night Race an evaluation race and if the No. 78 runs well this week, he should be front-of-mind for fantasy players in two weeks.
Aug 22 - 12:04 PM

Martin Truex Jr.’s dark horse status took a bit of a hit in the first practice for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He reported that he was loose everyone and when queried admitted that he was "not close."

The team still has time to improve, but since they finished 15th at Sonoma fantasy players may want to consider that as his high-water mark and plan accordingly.
Aug 8 - 5:48 PM

Martin Truex Jr. will be one of this week’s best values in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. Seven of his last eight attempts on this track type ended in top-15 results.

Truex managed to finish only 15th in his latest road course race, which is also his only attempt with his current team. Since then, the organization has had six more weeks to work on their communication and players should not be surprised if their results improve.
Aug 8 - 4:37 PM

Martin Truex Jr. is showing an uneven tendency on flat tracks in 2014. In six starts he has top 15 finishes at Richmond, Pocono, and New Hampshire but his other three efforts ended in the 20s at Phoenix, Martinsville, and Indy.

Truex should be watched closely this week for signs that he will return to his top-15 form. If he practices and qualifies well in GoBowling.com 400’s preliminary events he could be one of this week’s best dark horses.
Jul 30 - 10:10 AM