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Martin Truex Jr.

Team: Furniture Row Racing-78
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/29/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 180

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Martin Truex Jr. finished better than he started for the first time in the past seven races this season, adding 13-place-differential points to those awarded for his ninth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Since finishing second to Denny Hamlin at Daytona International Speedway this February by a whisker, Truex has run well, but this was only his fourth top-10 finish. He’s helping players win their league when they keep the faith, but it has been difficult to treat him the same in 2015 as one did in 2016. Apr 24 - 8:22 PM

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Richmond International Raceway has been the second-worst track during Martin Truex Jr.’s career with an average finish of 22nd in 20 starts.

Truex is reversing that trend with three top-10s in the his five Richmond attempts, which would make him an interesting dark horse if not for the fact that he is improving everywhere.
Apr 22 - 12:08 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has scored three top-10 finishes in his last five Richmond International Raceway attempts. Equally notable, his last two results outside that mark came in the fall races.

While Truex should be considered a solid value, his chances of scoring a top-five are not great. He has one such finish in 2008 driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc. He will not anchor many rosters, but should be considered a great fill-in pick when his salary cap fits the right gap.
Apr 21 - 4:16 PM

Crew chief Cole Pearn called Martin Truex Jr. into the pits on the next-to-last stop, but the call came too late. Afraid of hitting the commitment cone, Truex stayed out on old tires and eventually slipped back to sixth at the checkers.

If the race had gone green from the penultimate caution, Truex might have been able to keep his advantage since he had the buffer of one car with no tires and another with two. In the shootout to the end, his overheated rubber was too worn, however. By the end of the regular season, this team could lament several races that "got away."
Apr 10 - 1:44 AM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Duck Commander 500 with a lap of 192.390 mph.

Truex has been uneven at Texas in recent years. He swept the top 10 in 2015, but failed to crack the top 15 in 2014. He has never scored three consecutive top-10s on this track, so he could have a personal best this weekend.
Apr 8 - 7:56 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Duck Commander 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. His top speed of 192.892 mph was set in the final moments of practice.

Truex was the only Toyota driver in the top 10, but fantasy owners can expect things to even out before Saturday night’s race begins since this manufacturer has been solid on unrestricted, intermediate speedways all season.
Apr 7 - 7:01 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished 18th in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which did not earn very many points for fantasy owners, but he currently sits 11th in the points.

The good news is that Truex has 16 consecutive top-20 finishes on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and he should be able to maintain his spot in the Chase. Unless he has solid times in practice, however, he should be avoided on Saturday night.
Apr 7 - 1:16 PM

Martin Truex Jr. will race Joey Logano differently after a confrontation between the two drivers at Auto Club Speedway sent the No. 78 into the wall, according to NBC Sports.

Logano is not making very many friends on the track, but that will happen when one drives aggressively. Without that aggression, however, drivers don’t get to the front of the pack. It’s a double-edged sword.
Mar 22 - 7:22 PM

Kyle Busch posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 182.568 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

His time is boosted by Carl Edwards’ fastest lap in this same session and Martin Truex Jr.’s second-quickest lap of 182.487 mph. The Toyotas will be a force in Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
Mar 19 - 12:22 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has finished between seventh and 14th in his last three attempts at Phoenix International Raceway. All three starts came with his current No. 78 team.

Truex is capable of getting a little more out of the car, but he has only one previous top-five finish to his credit. That came all the way back in 2009 while he was in the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi ride, so he is best saved for the final roster slot if he fits into one’s salary cap.
Mar 8 - 11:04 AM

Martin Truex Jr. returns to the 1.5-mile oval Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend second in current driver points with finishes of second in the Daytona 500 and seventh at the recent Cup race in Atlanta.

His Daytona 500 runner-up (to Denny Hamlin) was the closest finish (0.010 seconds) in the 58-year history of the race. In 10 starts at Las Vegas, Truex has completed all but four of the 2,691 laps for a 99.9 percent lap completion rate. The four laps he didn’t complete were at the 2009 race, meaning he has finished on the lead lap in nine out of his 10 starts at the Las Vegas oval. LV Totals: 10 starts, one top-five, three top-tens, eight laps led, average start 18.1 and an average finish of 14.6-Furniture Row Racing
Mar 1 - 7:52 PM

Martin Truex Jr. had mixed feelings about his seventh-place finish in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Truex, who led six times for 34 laps, was comfortably running fourth when a caution came out with one lap remaining in regulation. When the race restarted for the overtime finish he was positioned on the outside, which wasn’t the preferred lane. To make matters worse on the restart the car in front of Truex spun the tires, which initially slowed the #78. He had time to regain his momentum, but the scheduled two-lap dash to the finish actually ended by the third turn of the first overtime lap due to a multicar wreck on the backstretch. Truex, who finished runner-up in last week’s Daytona 500, remains second in the driver point standings, three points behind leader Kyle Busch.-Furniture Row Racing
Feb 28 - 9:24 PM

Last year after scoring a top-10 in the Daytona 500, Martin Truex Jr. came to Atlanta and finished sixth. This year, he expects to carry the same momentum earned with a second-place in the Daytona 500.

In 2015, Truex was one of the best values in the first half of the season and the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses in particular. His sixth at Atlanta sparked a five-race, top-10 streak on this track type.
Feb 25 - 12:09 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the Daytona 500, but might take a little consolation that he lost in the closest finish in the history of this race.

Last year, Truex started the season with an eighth-place finish and then went on to earn top-10s in 14 of the next 15 races.
Feb 21 - 4:57 PM

Jimmie Johnson spun in turn one of the final lap of the second Can Am Duel in Daytona. He collected five other cars. Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, and Danica Patrick were also involved. Johnson appeared to be blocked by Jamie McMurray before spinning.

Most of the cars were damaged enough that backups will be required. The same thing can easily happen during the Daytona 500 so do not overspend on any drivers.
Feb 18 - 10:01 PM