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

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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

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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

Martin Truex Jr. enters the Crown Royal 400 with back-to-back top-15 finishes. He was eighth in 2012 and 11th in 2013.

Truex is with a new team, but the Furniture Row entry earned a top-15 last year as well when Kurt Busch was behind the wheel. Better still, Truex is coming off a three-race, top-12 run on the flat tracks of Richmond, Pocono, and New Hampshire and that makes him one of this week’s most compelling dark horses.
Jul 21 - 3:45 PM

Martin Truex Jr. blew an engine in the Daytona 500 to start the season, but he has been running at the end of every race since.

The only way to improve in NASCAR is to log laps. It took nine races for Truex to score his first top-10 at Richmond, but only three more to score his second and third such finishes in back-to-back weekends at Dover and Pocono. He has not finished that well since, but he earned top-15s in consecutive weeks at Daytona and New Hampshire, which makes him a good value in most games. Better still, he is still flying under the radar and that makes him a great differentiator.
Jul 17 - 4:54 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished 12th in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after scoring the 13th-best average running position of 14.456.

Truex had a solid performance and earned the finish he seemed to deserve, but this independent team still has some work to do before they make their way onto very many fantasy rosters on a consistent basis.
Jul 13 - 8:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. entered last year’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond with a 10-race streak of sub-10th-place finishes on the short, flat tracks of New Hampshire, Phoenix, Richmond, and Martinsville. Since then, four of his last seven races on this track type ended in top-10s.

Truex also has a little momentum on his side with a 10th-place finish in this year’s Toyota Owners 400 in the most recent short, flat track race.
Jul 11 - 2:54 PM

When Martin Truex Jr. went to bed the night before the Daytona 500 in February he sincerely felt it was the best chance of his career to capture NASCAR’s biggest race.

"We had a fast superspeedway car," said Truex, who qualified for the 500 on the outside pole. But the optimism turned into a nightmare for the Furniture Row Racing driver, who was competing in his first Sprint Cup points race with the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team. On lap 30 of 200 a broken oil pump belt caused the engine to expire in Truex’s No. 78 Chevrolet. The early exit relegated him to a last place finish (43rd).-Furniture Row Racing
Jul 1 - 8:20 PM

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet) has two top 10s and an average finish of 11.0 at Kentucky Speedway.

He has an average Running Position of 12.6, seventh-best; Driver Rating of 90.7, ninth-best; 203 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 170.746 mph, ninth-fastest; 555 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), seventh-most and 101 Quality Passes, eighth-most.-NASCAR.com
Jun 24 - 9:35 PM

Martin Truex Jr.’s car for the Quaker State 400 will be fully wrapped in World Vision colors to create awareness for the Christian global humanitarian organization.

World Vision works with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. With programs in nearly 100 countries, World Vision provides emergency assistance to those affected by natural disasters and civil conflict, works with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty and advocates on behalf of the poor.-Furniture Row Racing
Jun 24 - 8:37 PM

Heading to Sonoma, Calif. for the first road course event of the season is a welcome venue for both Martin Truex Jr. and the single-car Furniture Row Racing team.

Truex is the defending champion of the Sprint Cup Series event, a victory he scored last year as a driver with the Michael Waltrip Racing team. While Truex was impressive on the 11-turn, 1.99-mile road circuit, the Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet was also impressive, finishing fourth in Sonoma despite being cited for two pit-road speeding penalties. "I guess when you combine these factors plus a successful recent test session at VIR (Virginia International Raceway), you can’t help feeling optimistic," said Truex Jr., who led 51 out of the 110 laps in last year’s win.-Furniture Row Racing
Jun 19 - 8:07 PM