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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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Furniture Row Racing (FRR) announced that Auto-Owners Insurance has agreed to a multiyear primary sponsorship for Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The Fortune 500 company, which joined FRR in 2016 as a primary sponsor for three races, will double that amount in both 2017 and 2018. The six races the Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme will adorn Truex’s No. 78 Camry in 2017 will be at Kansas (May 13), Michigan (June 18), Indianapolis (July 23), Richmond (Sept. 9), Charlotte (Oct. 7) and Phoenix (Nov. 12).-FRR Jan 16 - 1:30 PM

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Martin Truex Jr. has recorded 44 top-10s in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the past three years, which puts him 12th on the leaderboard, (behind the inactive Jeff Gordon in 11th). In this same period, he has 17 top-fives and five victories.

His best tracks in this span of races have been Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway, where he has five top-10s each. Of his five wins in the past three years, one each came on these two tracks and both were recorded last year. His other victories in this span came at Chicagoland Speedway last year, Darlington Raceway last year, and Pocono in 2015.
Jan 8 - 4:02 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has been named the 2016 Eastern Motorsport Press Association National Driver of the Year.

Driving the No. 78 Toyota Camry for Denver-based Furniture Row Racing, Truex’s stellar 2016 season in NASCAR’s premier division included four wins, five poles and a series’ leading 1,805 laps led, all career season highs for the native of Mayetta, N.J. His dominating victory at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway set a NASCAR record for miles led (588) and an event record for laps led – 392 out of 400. This is the second time Truex will be the recipient of the EMPA Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year trophy. He received the prestigious hardware after winning the 2004 XFINITY Series championship.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 10:55:00 AM

Martin Truex Jr. had the 10th-best average finish in 2016 with a 13.89.

When Truex was clicking on all cylinders, he was great. He dominated the Coke 600 in May after winning the pole and had a comparable effort at Dover International Speedway in October after starting from the outside of the front row. His Achilles’ Heel was misfortune, however. He or the team made mistakes seemingly every week and when they came at the wrong time they devastated fantasy rosters. Truex also had one of the worst place-differential records by finishing worse than he started on 24 occasions.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 11:33:00 AM

Martin Truex Jr was swept into a late-race caution that was triggered by Carl Edwards and Joey Logano battling for the top Chase position. His car burst into flames and he retired 36th.

Truex got shuffled back on an earlier pit stop and again for a few positions on this final stop. He restarted 14th, on the outside row, and was unable to avoid the cars spinning in front of him. Truex started the race sixth.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 09:24:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Ford EcoBoost 400 with a speed of 174.289 mph.

Since competing full time, Truex has not finished worse than 17th. He posted that result two years ago and was 12th last year, but the majority of his results on this course were top-10s.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 01:54:00 PM

A flat tire sent Truex to the garage in his first Homestead-Miami Speedway attempt in 2004, but since then he has run full time in the Cup series has never failed to finish on the lead lap.

In his rookie season of 2006, he qualified 20th for Dale Earnhardt Inc. and finished second. That remains his career best, but he also had top-fives in 2011 and 2013. Truex’s last two efforts netted a 17th and 12th.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 02:55:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 135.479 mph.

Despite posting the fastest lap, Truex had an overheating issue that will probably necessitate changing an engine. He did not clear inspection with his backup car on Friday and will start last anyway, but the timing of the engine change or a failure could impact his practice track time.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 04:01:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. was unable to clear inspection in time to post a speed in qualification for the Can-Am 500 and will roll off the grid from the last position.

Truex will earn a ton of place-differential points, which is good news for fantasy players if Truex finishes anywhere in the top 15. That is practically assured.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 07:07:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. slapped the wall hard in the final minutes of practice for the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and appears to be ready to roll out a backup.

Truex qualified well in his last two attempts on this track with a fifth last fall and an eighth this spring. He faded to 14th in both events. Truex posted the fifth fastest time in the first practice session this week and should be able to transfer that setup well to his backup.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 03:02:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has advance to the final round of qualification in his last 10 attempts.

Last week was his worst performance when he qualified only 12th. Notably that came on the heels of his fourth pole of the season at Martinsville Speedway and he finished seventh in the most recent race on a short, flat track.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 12:50:00 PM

After failing inspection for a third time at Texas Motor Speedway last week, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, and Martin Truex Jr. will miss 15 minutes of practice time at Phoenix International Raceway.

Edwards is already locked into the finale for the Chase Championship. Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr. are not in Chase contention, so this penalty will hurt Harvick the most. With five victories in his last six races on this track, he is probably not overly concerned about his baseline setup, however.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished third at Texas Motor Speedway after starting 12th in the AAA 500.

Truex has not been perfect at Texas during his career, but this is now his fourth consecutive top-10. It is his first top-five on this track since spring 2013 and he is making a statement about how he would have performed if not for a blown engine at Talladega SuperSpeedway. He is not only fantasy relevant, he is a must-have in most games.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:28:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished seventh in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway after leading the field to green from the pole.

Truex had a dominant car early, when he led most of his 147 laps. He had the best pit stall, and that allowed him to get service and stay among the leaders. If the race had followed a normal pattern of numerous caution flags, Truex probably could have contended for victory, but long green flag runs and a car that was apparently better on short runs put him outside the top five. Still, this was his third top-10 in the past four Martinsville races.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 06:30:00 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 96.198 mph during his fifth to 14th laps.

It takes a couple of laps for the air pressure to build in the tires, so this means he was fast out of the garage. Truex won the pole for Sunday’s race, so he should be able to lead a lot of laps at the start of the event. The outside pole sitter Joey Logano did not make a 10-lap run.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 10:25:00 AM