Martin Truex Jr. Pre-Race Report – Michigan

No Slowing Down For Chase Driver Martin Truex Jr.

Furniture Row driver has season-finishing

average of 7.38 on intermediate ovals

DENVER, Colo. (Aug. 12, 2015) – Having a Chase berth safely tucked away, Martin Truex Jr. says it will be full throttle as usual in the remaining four regular season Sprint Cup Series races.

The driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet clinched a playoff spot following Sunday’s road-race at Watkins Glen International.

“We’re not going to settle for anything less than being a contender in the next four races,” said Truex. “Producing strong performances is contagious and we want to enter the Chase with a winning momentum.”

Truex’s pre-Chase charge will commence this weekend in the Pure Michigan 400 at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway where he finished third in the June rain-shortened race.

“We are definitely looking forward to Michigan,” said Truex. “The last time there we had a great Furniture Row Chevrolet with a lot of speed. No doubt, it was a car capable of winning. But with the on and off rain that day it came down to strategy and we ended up third.

“Though we feel very good about Michigan we’re going to have to deal with that big curveball and that’s the new rules package. Our guys figured out the new aerodynamic package at Indy where we came away with a solid fourth-place finish. As I keep on saying I have all the confidence in our guys — they seem to figure out things rather quickly.”

Since his podium finish in Michigan, Truex continued to have fast cars but his results were curtailed with a string of unlucky breaks.

“We’ve had some tough luck lately — saw top-fives slip away at the past two races,” noted Truex, who ranks fourth for the season in laps led (497). “Pocono we ran out of fuel with roughly two laps to go after running third. We were also running third when we had a tire go down late in the race at Watkins Glen. We also experienced bad breaks in Sonoma, Daytona, Kentucky and New Hampshire. But the luck factor is part of racing and that’s why it’s important to stay patient and upbeat.”

Another reason why Truex is indeed upbeat about Michigan is because of the success he has had this year on the 1.5 and 2-mile tracks. In those eight races, he has had seven top-10s and an average finish of 7.38.

“With the Chase having five races on mile-and-a-half tracks, this is where you need to be strong if you want to be a contender for the championship,” said Truex.

Truex’s career record at Michigan includes 19 starts, four top-fives, six top-10s and a 17.2 finishing average.

 

Truex’s Career Record at Michigan

Year Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2006 11 16 Running, 129/129 0 103,583
  18 30 Running, 199/200 0 80,325
2007 8 2 Running, 200/200 54 154,445
  14 2 Running, 203/203 0 151,245
2008 17 17 Running, 203/203 0 110,383
  25 16 Running, 200/200 0 110,533
2009 19 36 Running, 192/200 0 108,915
  5 21 Running, 200/200 0 114,690
2010 13 17 Running, 200/200 0 79,250
  9 8 Running, 200/200 5 85,775
2011 11 26 Running, 199/200 0 84,975
  12 19 Running, 203/203 0 86,650
2012 16 12 Running, 200/200 0 112,524
  7 10 Running, 201/201 12 120,199
            2013 13 3 Running, 200/200 0 145,670
  17 16 Running, 200/200 0 119,535
          2014 16 37 Running, 196/200 0 108,768
  39 36 Crash,

177/200

0      108,573
         2015 9 3 Running,

138/138

0       137,580

 

Michigan International Speedway Totals

Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Laps Completed AvgSt AvgFn DNF Money
19 0 4 6 0 71 3640 of 3677

99.0%

14.7 17.2 1 2,123,618

 

                                 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
18 7/11 Kentucky 5 17 267/267 0 Running 111,035 27/596 5
19 7/19 Loudon 15 12 301/301 0 Running 117,485 32/628 5
20 7/26 Indianapolis 13 4 164/164 0 Running 283,170 40/668 5
21 8/2 Pocono 13 19 160/160 6 Running 106,015 26/694 5
22 8/9 Watkins Glen 2 25 90/90 5 Running 102,335 20/714 6

 

Top 5s: 6  Top 10s: 15  Laps Led: 497  Avg. St: 11.0  Avg. Fn: 12.3  Money: $3,574,575

 

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.
Technical Support Ryan Kelly, London, Ontario, Canada
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.
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