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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. 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

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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

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. His top speed of 179.979 mph was posted during his first 10 laps on the track.

Truex had the seventh-fastest single lap and rolls off the grid sixth. He has earned maximum or near-maximum fantasy points in the last four similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races and should be one of the top values in most games.
Sep 17 - 11:08 AM

Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps at 193 to Denny Hamlin’s 189 but finished third in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Joe Gibbs Racing and affiliated Furniture Row dominated much of the race and they were among the best fantasy values. Coming off last week’s win at Darlington Raceway, Truex has a ton of momentum entering the Chase.
Sep 11 - 12:00 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top-five spots in final practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with their four drivers leading the session and affiliate Martin Truex Jr. posting the fifth-best time. Carl Edwards had the best 10-lap average of 116.652 mph, Matt Kenseth was 116.607, Denny Hamlin 116.580, Kyle Busch 116.575, and Truex 116.514.

The lesson is pretty clear. The Gibb’s guys are going to dominate most of the Richmond race and are likely to fail to sweep the top 10 only if they sustain damage of make a mistake in the pits.
Sep 9 - 6:26 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest single lap and second-quickest 10-lap average in the morning practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. His fastest lap was 120.649 mph (0.061 seconds slower than Kyle Busch) and his 10-lap average was 119.458 mph.

Coming off last week’s dramatic Bojangles' Southern 500 victory, Truex has momentum on his side. Richmond has not been his best track during his career, but he does have four top-10s in his last six starts there. One has to go all the way back to 2008 to find a top-five, however.
Sep 9 - 11:42 AM

Martin Truex Jr. led 28 of 367 laps at Darlington Raceway en route to a Bojangles' Southern 500 victory. Three others led more laps during the evening including second-place Kevin Harvick, but Truex was in the right place at the right time and for once his luck held.

This was the second time Furniture Row Racing won the Southern 500. Regan Smith gave the team their first victory in 2011 when this race was held in May and Smith was a dark horse. Truex has run much more predictably strong in 2016.
Sep 4 - 10:31 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished better than he qualified in his first seven Darlington attempts and showed a strong affinity for this track. In those starts, he scored six top-15s with a best of fifth in 2012.

In 2013, Truex seemed to pick up where he left off. He qualified fifth and slipped just a little to 12th. The next year, he finished 27th after starting 12th and last year he lost two positions to finish ninth. He should run well this week, but is likely to cost a few place-differential points.
Sep 3 - 11:47 AM

Martin Truex Jr. had the fastest lap in the first practice session, but was unable to back that up in qualification when it mattered most. His lap of 200.356 was 14th best.

Truex should be fine in race trim, but fantasy owners should wait until Saturday’s sessions are in the books. This could be a blessing in disguise since it should allow Truex to earn positive place-differential points.
Aug 26 - 6:03 PM

Martin Truex Jr. was one of two drivers who posted a speed greater than 201 mph in Friday’s practice session for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Truex’s top speed of 201.545 mph was 0.073 seconds faster than Jimmie Johnson with a time of 201.134.

Truex was expected to run well based on the overall domination of Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Speed has not been his problem—nor for that matter has it been for Johnson. The two drivers need good luck to stay out of trouble for 400 miles.
Aug 26 - 1:34 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest lap in the second practice session for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway His speed of 129.587 mph was 0.011 seconds slower than fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch.

Truex has an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch was one position ahead while JGR-mate Matt Kenseth was the third-fastest driver in this practice. Look for Toyotas to dominate the top-five on Saturday night.
Aug 19 - 2:04 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has the seventh-best average finish in 2016 at 13.36. His average starting position has been 9.64, so he has consistently lost place-differential points.

The 2016 season has been filled with a lot of ‘what-might-have-beens’ for Truex. If the team can exorcise the bad luck and mistakes, they will easily improve by a few positions, which would make them a top-five value every week.
Aug 13 - 9:32 PM