Martin Truex, Jr. Has The Glen Circled On His Calendar

Martin Truex, Jr.
Prior to the start of a new season, drivers are known to circle a few races that they feel are winnable with the utmost confidence.

Sunday’s 90-lap event at the 11-turn, 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International road course in central New York is one of those circled races for Martin Truex Jr.

“We were definitely primed to win last year’s race at The Glen,” recalled Truex, who was the No. 2 qualifier. “We had the speed, and just as important, fuel mileage was on our side. But during a traffice-jam restart (Lap 68 of 90), our car got clipped pretty good on the left-front, causing a tire rub and eventually a cut tire. That put us out of contention with not that many laps remaining.

“We had some close calls last year of winning more races, but the near miss in Watkins Glen is high on that list.

“If we can stay out of trouble in our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota and not have any crazy things happen to us I really feel we have a shot at winning this weekend,” stated Truex, a Mayetta, N.J. native.

“Though road racing is a big departure from the ovals, I really like the challenges at the road courses. My career actually started on road courses. You couldn’t race on ovals in New Jersey until you were 18 so I raced a lot of road courses in my go-kart and learned what it takes to do well on them.”

At the only other road course race this season – at Sonoma, Calif. in June – Truex started third and basically ran in the top five for the entire race. He ran as high as second before dropping back to finish fifth.

“We had a strong run in Sonoma and I feel we can be even stronger this weekend at the Glen,” noted Truex, who already has clinched a Chase playoff berth with five races remaining before the playoff format commences.

In 10 career Cup starts at Watkins Glen, Truex has notched three top fives, five top 10s and has a finishing average of 13.7. He has also completed every lap –902 of 902 – in the 10 career starts.

Truex enters the Cheez-it 355 at The Glen eighth in driver points and ninth in Chase playoff points. He is the Sprint Cup Series lap leader at 1,005. His previous season high for laps led was 581 in 2007. Two years ago, his first season with Furniture Row Racing, he led one lap during the 36-race schedule.

 

Truex Jr.’s 2016 Results

 

No. Date Event St Fn Laps Led Status Points Standing
1 2/21 Daytona 500 28 2 200/200 2 Running 40/40 2
2 2/28 Atlanta 9 7 330/330 34 Running 20*/60 2
3 3/6 Las Vegas 10 11 267/267 0 Running 30/90 9
4 3/13 Phoenix 8 14 313/313 0 Running 27/117 9
5 3/20 Fontana 17 32 204/205 21 Running 10/127 11
6 4/3 Martinsville 16 18 500/500 0 Running 23/150 11
7 4/9 Fort Worth 3 6 334/334 141 Running 37/187 11
8 4/17 Bristol 8 14 500/500 0 Running 27/214 10
9 4/24 Richmond 22 9 400/400 0 Running 32/246 10
10 5/1 Talladega 12 13 188/188 0 Running 28/274 9
11 5/7 Kansas 1 14 267/267 172 Running 29/303 10
12 5/15 Dover 7 9 267/267 47 Running 33/336 9
13 5/29 Charlotte 1 1 400/400 392 Running 45/381 7
14 6/6 Pocono 17 19 160/160 0 Running 22/403 9
15 6/12 Michigan 2 12 200/200 10 Running 30/433 8
16 6/26 Sonoma 3 5 110/110 0 Running 36/469 8
17 7/2 Daytona 15 29 127/161 1 Running 13/482 7
18 7/9 Kentucky 7 10 267/267 46 Running 32/514 7
19 7/17 Loudon 3 16 301/301 123 Running 26/540 7
20 7/24 Indianapolis 8 8 170/170 0 Running 33/573 7
21 8/1 Pocono 1 38 82/138 16 Accident 4/577 8

 

Top 5s: 3  Top-10s: 9 Poles: 3 Laps Led: 1,005   Avg Start: 9.4   Avg. Finish: 13.7

 

*penalized 15 points

 

 

Truex’s Cup Record at Watkins Glen International

 

Year Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led
2006 35 28 Running, 90/90 0
2007 12 6 Running, 90/90 0
2008 18 5 Running, 90/90 0
2009 23 28 Running, 90/90 0
2010 25 15 Running, 90/90 0
2011 9 4 Running, 92/92 0
2012 9 10 Running, 90/90 0
2013 3 3 Running, 90/90 0
2014 25 13 Running, 90/90 0
2015 2 25 Running, 90/90 5

 

 

 

Watkins Glen International Totals

 

Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Laps Completed AvgSt AvgFn DNF
10 0 3 5 0 5 902 of 902

100%

16.1 13.7 0

 

 

Furniture Row Racing Traveling Roster, 2016

 

No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew

Front-tire changer Chris Taylor, West Plains, Mo.
Front-tire carrier Chris Hall, Springfield, Mo.
Rear-tire changer Lee Cunningham, Lake River, IL
Rear-tire carrier Adam Mosher, Fort Mill, S.C.
Jackman Bailey Walker, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Gasman Brian Dheel, Norton, Ohio

 

 

No. 78 Road Crew

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

Pete Craik, Melbourne, Australia

Data/IT/Engineer Ryan Kelly, London, Ontario, Canada
Engine Tuner Greg Huls, Beatrice, Neb.
Engine Engineer Jon Grove, Mandurah, Australia
Engine Builder TRD, U.S.A
Spotters Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.
Shock Specialist Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio
Tire Specialist Tommy DiBlasi, Annapolis, Md.
Front-End Mechanic Gary Frost, Romeo, Mich.,
Rear-End Mechanic Nino Venezia, Philadelphia
Floater Mechanic Todd Carmichael, Redding, Calif.
Transportation Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL,  Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Mich., Roy Miller, Elkridge, Md., Roger Pritchard, Hutchinson, Kan., Henry Benfield, Statesville, N.C.

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