Martin Truex Jr. Pre-Race Report – Kentucky

Bumpy Kentucky Speedway Welcome Site For Truex Jr.

DENVER, Colo. (July 8, 2015) — After two consecutive races of body slams that resulted in early exits, Martin Truex Jr. wants to see more green in the Bluegrass state during Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The race marks the midpoint of NASCAR’s 36-event Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Truex retired from the Sonoma, Calif. road race two weeks ago on Lap 28 of 110 after being knocked off the track. The following weekend at Daytona International Speedway he got collected in an 11-car melee on Lap 105 of 161.

“That’s a lot of green flag laps we missed out on,” said Truex. “No question, we had a rough two weeks in terms of points. We were a victim of circumstances in both Sonoma and Daytona. Our Furniture Row Chevrolet was fast in both of those races but never got to the end in each to show our strength. Those were two weekends to forget.

“We’re looking forward to Kentucky– it’s our kind of racetrack — an old, worn out bumpy mile-and-a-half oval. We’ve had success at tracks like Kentucky, but a new aero rules package will be in place at this race. There’s going to be a learning curve to deal with but I am confident about our situation. Our Furniture Row guys have been really good about figuring out things quickly.”

Figuring out things quickly could be construed as an understatement since Truex has been one of the top finishers this season in his No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet. He has one victory, five top-fives and 14 top-10s. Though he lost out on a bunch of points the past two races with finishes of 42nd in Sonoma and 38th in Daytona, he sits fifth in the driver standings.

Truex hasn’t mathematically clinched a Chase playoff berth, but is well on his way of being one of the 16 post-regular-season drivers vying for the 2015 Sprint Cup championship.

“We control our own destiny right now,” noted Truex. “We won’t let what happened to us the past two weeks knock the wind out of our sails. It’s a long season and you’re going to have some bad luck — Daytona was an awful weekend — we got collected in a practice accident that forced us to take out the backup car. Then two days later we got collected again in the race. We had fast cars the past two weeks like we had the previous 15 races. I don’t expect anything different for the upcoming Kentucky race.”

In four Cup starts at Kentucky Speedway, Truex has managed to score two top-10s — eighth in 2012 and seventh in 2013. He has completed 100 percent of the laps in his four starts – 1068 out of 1068. Last year in his first season with Furniture Row Racing, Truex finished 19th in Kentucky.

         Truex’s Career Record at Kentucky Speedway

Year Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2011 16 18 Running, 267/267 1 83,950
2012 10 8 Running, 267/267 0 111,349
2013 19 7 Running, 267/267 0 121,810
2014 19 19 Running, 267/267 0 112,223

Kentucky Speedway Totals

Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Laps Completed AvgSt AvgFn DNF Money
4 0 0 2 0 1 1068 of 1068

100%

16.0 13.0 0 429,332

Truex’s 2015 Sprint Cup Series Results

No. Date Event St Fn Laps Led Status Money Points Standing
1 2/22 Daytona 500 10 8 203/203 1 Running 489,772 37 8
2 3/1 Atlanta 14 6 325/325 0 Running 150,615 38/75 5
3 3/8 Las Vegas 8 2 267/267 3 Running 268,950 43/118 4
4 3/15 Phoenix 15 7 312/312 0 Running 121,025 37/155 3
5 3/22 Fontana 12 8 209/209 5 Running 136,240 37/192 3
6 3/29 Martinsville 3 6 500/500 23 Running 118,665 39/231 3
7 4/11 Fort Worth 15 9 334/334 0 Running 163,380 35/266 3
8 4/19 Bristol 16 29 504/511 0 Running 120,120 15/281 3
9 4/26 Richmond 6 10 400/400 0 Running 114,710 34/315 3
10 5/3 Talladega 36 5 188/188 0 Running 169,600 39/354 2
11 5/9 Kansas 4 9 267/267 95 Running 122,060 37/391 2
12 5/24 Charlotte 9 5 600/00 131 Running 187,350 41/432 2
13 5/31 Dover 2 6 405/405 131 Running 148,815 40/472 2
14 6/7 Pocono 3 1 160/160 97 Running 201,810 48/520 2
15 6/14 Michigan 9 3 138/138 0 Running 137,580 41/561 2
16 6/28 Sonoma 12 42 31/110 0 Crash 88,195 2/563 2
17 7/5 Daytona 19 38 105/110 0 Crash 115,648 6/569 5

 

Top 5s: 5  Top 10s: 14  Laps Led: 486  Avg. Start: 11.4  Avg. Finish: 11.4  Money: 2,854,535

Furniture Row Racing Traveling Crew, 2015

No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew

Front-tire changer Dave Collins, Hayden Lake, Idaho
Front-tire carrier Craig Curione, Sanborn, N.Y.
Rear-tire changer Kyle Turner, Yorktown, Va.
Rear-tire carrier Adam Mosher, Fort Mill, S.C.
Jackman Carey Wimbish, Granite Falls, N.C.
Gasman Brian Dheel, Akron, Ohio

           

       No. 78 Road Crew

General Manager Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.
Crew Chief Cole Pearn, London, Ontario, Canada
Car Chief Blake Harris, Maypearl, Texas
Engineers Jeff Curtis, Fairfax Station, Va.

Pete Craik, Melbourne, Australia

Spotter Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.
Engine Specialist Craig Griffitts, Thomasville, N.C.
Engine Builder Earnhardt-Childress Racing
Shock Specialist Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio
Tire Specialist Tommy DiBlasi, Annapolis, Md.
Mechanic Gary Frost, Romeo, Mich.,

Nino Venezia, Philadelphia

Technical Support Ryan Kelly, London, Ontario
Transportation Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL, Chris Burton, Cincinnati, Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Mich., Roy Miller, Elkridge, Md., Henry Benfield, Statesville, N.C.
Share