Martin Truex, Jr. Is Prepping For Two All-Star Events In Charlotte This Weekend

Martin Truex, Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. is prepping for two all-star events this week, both being conducted in North Carolina, 1500 miles from Denver, CO, where his NASCAR Cup Series team is based.

First on the docket for the Furniture Row Racing driver is Wednesday’s (May 17) Catwalk for a Cause, the annual Martin Truex Jr. Foundation fundraiser for childhood and ovarian cancers.

The site for the star-studded event that is expected to attract up to 700 guests will be at the Statesville (N.C.) Regional Airport from 5:30-10 p.m. Award-winning Florida Georgia Line will perform at Catwalk, which will include 15 “Catwalk Heroes” ages 3 to 17 who will walk the runway with NASCAR drivers. Furniture Row is the presenting sponsor of Catwalk for a Cause.

A few days later on Saturday night (May 20) Truex, who is coming off his second victory of the season last Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, will be one of 20 drivers competing in the prestigious NASCAR’s Cup Series All-Star Race which will be contested at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.

5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength will be the primary sponsor on Truex’s No. 78 Toyota for the All-Star Race.

“The All‑Star Race is always exciting, and after winning the (Coca-Cola) 600 last year (at Charlotte Motor Speedway), I am looking forward to going there in the 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota and trying to back that up,” said Truex. “Should be fun. But I do know the tires at the end are going to be a big deal, and I assume if you give people the option for soft tires, the whole field is going to take it, so I’m not really sure what that’s going to change. We’ll have to wait and see.”

The race, which will pay $1 million to the winner, will feature four stages (20 laps / 20 laps / 20 laps / 10 laps), totaling 70 laps. The goal for all competitors is to earn a spot in the final 10-lap, 10-car stage. The winner of each of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final stage, as long as they remain on the lead lap after the third stage. The cars with the best average finish in the first three stages will make up the remaining spots needed to fill the 10-car final stage.

“It’s all about winning,” said Truex. “It’s a non-points race and nobody will remember who finished second.”

This will be Truex’s seventh time competing in the All-Star Race. His best finish was second in 2010. Truex’s best result at Charlotte Motor Speedway was winning last year’s Coca-Cola 600 in record fashion, leading 392 of 400 laps.

 

Truex’s All-Star Race Results

 

 

Year Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led
2005 22 22 Crash, 35/90  

0

2007 19 10 Running, 80/80  

0

2008 4 16 Running, 100/100  

0

2010 19 2 Running, 100/100  

0

2014 12 18 Crash, 60/90 0
2016 9 14 Running, 113/113 0

 

All-Star Race Totals

 

 

Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led AvgSt AvgFn DNF
6 0 1 2 0 0 14,2 13.6 2

 

 

 

 

 

Truex’s 2017 NASCAR Cup Series Results

No. Date Event St Fn Stage

Wins

Laps Led Status Playoff/

Stage Pts

Standing

Points

Standing
1 2/26 Daytona 500 35 13 0 200/200 2 Running 0/0 24 17
2 3/5 Atlanta 9 8 0 325/325 0 Running 0/14 43/67 7
3 3/12 Las Vegas 2 1 2 267/267 150 Running 7/20 60/127 4
4 3/19 Phoenix 16 11 0 314/314 0 Running 0/0 26/153 4
5 3/26 Fontana 4 4 1 202/202 73 Running 1/19 52/205 3
6 4/2 Martinsville 3 16 1 500/500 42 Running 1/10 31/236 3
7 4/9 Texas 7 8 0 334/334 49 Running 0/10 39/275 3
8 4/24 Bristol 3 8 1 500/500 116 Running 1/19 48/323 3
9 5/1 Richmond 3 10 0 400/400 0 Running 0/8 35/358 2
10 5/7 Talladega 13 35 0 168/191 0 Crash 0/14 16/374 2
11 5/13 Kansas 3 1 0 267/267 104 Running 5/17 57/431 2

 

Wins: 2 Top 5s: 3   Top 10s: 7   Lap Led: 536 Avg. Start: 8.9   Avg. Finish: 10.5

Stage Wins: 5   Stage Pts: 131   Playoff Bonus Pts: 15

 

No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew, 2017

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 Furniture Row Racing Road Crew, 2017

President Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.
Crew Chief Cole Pearn, London, Ontario, Canada
Car Chief Blake Harris, Maypearl, Texas
Ass’t Car Chief Greg Emmer, Allenton, Wis.
Race Engineers Jeff Curtis, Fairfax Station, Va.

Pete Craik, Melbourne, Australia

Engine Tuner Gregg Huls, Beatrice, Neb.
Engine Engineer Jon Grove, Mandurah, Australia
Engine Builder Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Spotter Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.
Shock Specialist Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio
Tire Specialist Tommy DiBlasi, Annapolis, Md.
Front-End Mechanic Nino Venezia, Philadelphia
Rear-End Mechanic Rob Fairweather, Westbrookville, N.Y.
IT Support Eric Cragun, Pleasant View, Utah
Pit Support Ed Watkins, Richmond, Va.
Transportation Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL, Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Mich., Roy Miller, Elkridge, Md., Roger Pritchard, Hutchinson, Kan.

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