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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. 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

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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 CampingWorld.com 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

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep both segments a race. He passed a faltering Brad Keselowski with two laps remaining to win the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after starting second.

Truex dominated a number of races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year and believes the segment rules will benefit his team. It would be hard to argue that point after this race.
Mar 12 - 7:03 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 188.613 mph.

Speed has not been the issue for Truex this weekend. He rolls off the grid second and should be able to challenge Brad Keselowski for the lead in the opening laps. Players with multiple lineups will want to use both drivers and hedge their bets in games that give points for laps led. After incurring a penalty this weekend, Truex does not have the best pit stall and that could drop him back into the pack in segments two and three.
Mar 11 - 3:24 PM

Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., and Erik Jones were each penalized 15 minutes of practice time in the first session on Saturday before the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

All three were penalized because of issues in inspection. Kahne and Truex failed the templates twice. Jones had difficulty in getting the proper weight. These drivers not only were docked 15 minutes of practice time, but they were not able to pick their pits until the end and as a result have less-than-favorable spots. This will be particularly harmful to Keselowski who qualified on the outside pole.
Mar 11 - 12:34 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted a lap of 193.458 mph, which was .032 seconds slower than Brad Keselowski. He will line up on the outside of the front row for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

This is not only the first time he will line up on the front row, it is the first time he starts better than eighth. Track position is likely to make a difference in his finishing result and he should have a good chance of scoring his second-ever top-five.
Mar 10 - 8:52 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 193.500 mph.

That was nearly half a mile per hour faster than the second-best driver. Brad Keselowski posted a speed of 192.955 mph. Truex has not been dominant on this track, even though he recorded a second-place result in 2015. Last year he started 10th and finished 11th.
Mar 10 - 3:27 PM

Martin Truex Jr. spent 72 percent of the afternoon in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished eighth in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Truex had adversity of his own. He had transmission difficulties that required him to be pushed from his pit box after each stop late in the race. Luckily, they did not affect him on restarts. He lined up eighth when the final green flag waved and maintained that position until the checkers waved. This is Truex’s 20th top-15 in his last 21 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.
Mar 5 - 7:55 PM

Martin Truex Jr. is looking to rebound from a tough Daytona International Speedway Speedweeks. He qualified ninth for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

This is precisely where Truex qualified last year and he turned in a good run to finish seventh. It was the sixth time in his last seven attempts that he started on one of the first seven rows and he scored six top-15s in that span of races.
Mar 4 - 11:04 AM

Martin Truex Jr. had difficulty making his way through technical inspection for Saturday morning’s practice for the Daytona 500.

The team missed more than an hour of practice for Sunday’s qualification session as the team worked on both the front and rear of the car. Truex finished second in last year’s 500.
Feb 18 - 12:39 PM

Martin Truex Jr. was second to Denny Hamlin last year in the closest Daytona 500 finish in history. That was his second consecutive top-10 in this race.

That was a vindication of sorts. Truex blew an engine in 2014 after qualifying on the outside pole. He was the first man out with a 43rd-place finish and had to claw his way through the ranks. Overall he has been a strong value, however, with half of his results ending 16th or better.
Feb 17 - 10:41 AM