TNT All Access: Martin Truex Jr.

If you missed MTJ’s All-Access special on TNT during the New Hampshire race, here’s the chance to see it! (Or if you want to watch it again like I have several times then go for it!) 

You will fall in love with this man. 

The Brickyard is one of those races that everyone, including myself and my crew chief, want to win. Just going to Indy is cool. It has so much history around it. The prestige of winning there is incredible. It sure would be nice to kiss the bricks. I think we have a chance. We have had some really good runs there over the years including last year in the NAPA Toyota. I really like the place.
Martin Truex Jr. on Indy
Preview: Indianapolis

No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. enjoyed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off week by getting a little rest and relaxation in the Bahamas that included swimming with sharks. 

Now with his battery charged and seven races left to earn his second-straight Chase for the Sprint Cup appearance, Truex turns his attention to one of the sport’s most prestigious and challenging races of the season —The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

That’s one well-deserved break :D Go Truex! 

Our NAPA Batteries Toyota was decent at the start of a run but then the handling would go away. It felt like I couldn’t do anything out there. My lap times were decent according to (crew chief) Chad (Johnston) but I felt like I was holding people up. This track is such a tough place to get a hold of. I’m scratching my head right now figuring what we need to do when we come back here. It’s so tough. I appreciate my teammate (Clint Bowyer) working with me. He was a huge help and I appreciated it today. We are so excited for our teammate’s (Brian Vickers) victory today. I’ve never seen such a large group of guys work as well together as they do at MWR.

Martin Truex Jr. in regards to his 16th place finish & his teammate’s victory.

July 14, 2013

Summary: New Hampshire

No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 16th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver qualified 20th. In the early stages he battled a tight-handling condition. Crew chief Chad Johnston elected to take two right-side tires on lap 158 to help gain much needed track position. The NAPA driver gained seven spots to race in 13th at lap 165. Truex broke into the top 10 after a fast two-tire service with 100 laps to go. At lap 219, the NAPA KNOW HOW crew completed a fuel only stop giving Truex just enough fuel to make to the end and in contention for a top 10. With less than 40 laps to go, Truex pitted for fresh tires returning to the track in 23rd. He used the tires to climb up to 16th when the checkered flag waved. Truex’s teammate Brian Vickers gave MWR its second victory of the season and seventh overall on Sunday. The NAPA team returns to action July 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. continues to be in the wild-car position, but is in 11th place! Hopefully by Indianapolis we’ll see him get out of wild-card contention. :D

It’s all about getting the train back on the tracks this weekend. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a place I’ve had a lot of success at. I’ve won races there along with both my father and my brother. It’s a Truex track and it’s a really special place for me. I have a lot of special memories going there as a kid. There is nothing like watching your father work on his car and right across from him is Dale Earnhardt Sr. It’s a tough track to pass on, but if you get the car doing what you want, you can go from the back to the front. It’s all about getting your car handling right and doing the things you need it to do. It’s got flat corners so it’s very tough to get your car turning well and to get the power down. With the progressive banking, you have options to work with and different lines to run to help with the balance of the car. But, it’s very hard to get the balance just right.
Martin Truex Jr. on heading to New Hampshire & how it has influenced him. 
Preview: New Hampshire

Ever wonder what Martin Truex Jr. does away from the track when he isn’t driving the No. 56 NAPA Batteries Toyota? 

Watch TNT Sunday and you’ll find out. 

TNT’s All-Access features Truex this week following the Michael Waltrip racing driver from the finish of last weekend’s Daytona race to the moment Sunday when he fires his engine at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Truex’s segment airs at noon Sunday during the network’s Countdown to Green pre-race show.

“Fans will certainly see what it’s like to be me,” said Truex. “They’ll see what goes on when I stop in at Michael Waltrip Racing for our weekly competition meetings. I’m taking them fishing with me and my dog Boden on Lake Norman. They’ll also see me at the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge shoot for a T.V. special. Plus, Sherry and I are going to Levine Children’s Hospital to visit patients who may benefit from my Foundation’s Special Needs Fund. I think fans will get a good understanding of what it takes to be the driver of the NAPA Toyota. I feel very fortunate to show them that I love my job!”

Sunday’s race at the “Magic Mile” comes at a good time for the Michael Waltrip Racing driver. Truex is looking to rally back from a wreck at Daytona that saw the NAPA team drop from eighth to eleventh in the standings with just eight races left to earn a second-straight berth into the Chase.  

New Hampshire is almost home to the Mayetta, N.J. native. Five times a Truex has crossed the finish line first in one of NASCAR’s major divisions. Truex Jr. owns three victories at the “Magic Mile.” He won the 2000 and 2003 K&N Pro Series East races and the 2005 Nationwide Series race. Martin Truex Sr. won the 1994 East race and Martin Jr.’s younger brother Ryan repeated that feat in 2010.

Let’s hope we continue to see this trend in NH! 

From Michael Walrtip Racing’s Official Website