The NASCAR Sprint Cup series is chock full of characters and fan favorites. Martin Truex Jr. is quickly establishing his fan base and accumulating top 10 finishes across the NASCAR circuit as he races the #78 Furniture Row Toyota. Let’s learn more about Martin Truex Jr. and his team to give race fans an inside look to what brought it him to the NASCAR circuit.
Martin Truex Jr. Bio
Martin Truex Jr. was born in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in nearby Mayetta, New Jersey. Truex Jr.’s father, Martin Truex Sr. was a former race winner of the then NASCAR Busch North series, which turned Truex Jr. to racing early on in his life.
Truex Jr. began his racing career with go-kart racing in central New Jersey. At the age of 18 he moved over to modified racing before getting a chance in the NASCAR Busch North series in 2000. Truex Jr. raced the Busch North Series (now the K&N Series) from 2000 to 2002, collecting 5 wins along the way before moving to the Busch Series (now the Xfinity series) in 2001.
Truex Jr. drove a handful of races in his Truex Sr.’s #56 Chevrolet before being picked up by Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Chance 2 Motorsports to race the #81 Chevy in 2004. Truex Jr. quickly established himself on the Busch Series circuit, notching his first win at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2004. He and rookie Kyle Busch battled for the Busch series championship all season long before Truex Jr. secured it with one race to go.
Truex Jr. secured his second Busch Series Championship in 2005 while winning races at Talladega, Daytona, and Dover before being hired full time by Dale Earnhardt Incorporated (DEI) to race in the Nextel (now Sprint) Cup Series.
His first full time Nextel Cup season came in 2006 where he raced the #1 DEI Chevy to 2 top 5 finishes and finished 19th in point standings for his rookie season. He continued to race for DEI through 2009, recording his first Sprint Cup win at Dover in 2007.
The next few years saw several changes as Truex Jr. left DEI to join Michael Waltrip Racing from 2010 through 2013. During his time at Michael Waltrip Racing, Truex Jr. drove the #56 Toyota to several top 10 finishes but only won one Sprint Cup during his time there.
Truex Jr. currently drives the #56 Toyota for the single car Furniture Row Racing Team based in Denver, CO. During his time at Furniture Row, Truex Jr. has recorded 2 victories and made it to the final four of 2015’s Sprint Cup championship, finishing with a personal best 4th place in the standings.
Truex Jr. and his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex started the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007 to support and assist children and families dealing with pediatric cancer.
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