No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes
- TRUEX AT SONOMA: Martin Truex Jr. has earned two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories in 13 career starts at Sonoma Raceway. Overall, he has tallied three top-five finishes and four top-10s. Truex and Kyle Busch are the only active drivers with more than one victory at Sonoma. Truex ranks second among active drivers in laps led (154) at the track.
- DEFENDING WINNER: Truex is the defending race winner after leading 62 laps on the way to victory lane last June at Sonoma Raceway. That day, he started second and ran inside the top five for much of the race before capturing the lead for good at Lap 91 and holding the top spot for the final 20 laps to claim his third of four victories during the 2018 season.
- FRONT RUNNER: Truex ranked first in laps led on road courses (Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen International) last season. His 71 laps led were 19 more than the next driver.
- STARTING STRONG: Dating back to the 2015 season, Truex has started fourth or better in six of the past eight road course races. He has started third or better in the past three trips to Sonoma.
- BASS PRO SHOPS: Bass Pro Shops will be featured as primary sponsor of the No. 19 Camry this Sunday in Sonoma. A longtime supporter of Truex, Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris. began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri. Today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more.
- MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Truex will visit the Sonoma Raceway media center Friday at 4:30 p.m. local time to meet with the media.
- JGR AT SONOMA: Joe Gibbs Racing has earned four victories at Sonoma Raceway. In 65 combined starts, the organization has claimed 13 top-five finishes, 25 top-10s and three pole awards. The team’s most recent victory at the track came with Kyle Busch in 2015.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s race at Sonoma Raceway begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry
What are you expecting going to Sonoma with the addition of the carousel?
“It’s going to be a game charger. We’ll have a fast, left-hand turn that we’ve never had there before. In the past, you focused on turning right and kind of threw the left-hand turns away. I don’t think any current driver has ran on this course, so it’s kind of starting from scratch for everyone. I have it embedded in my mind the track we have ran and what we’ve been doing for as long as I’ve raced there. On the old layout, I feel like I could go there and get 99 percent out of my car on lap one. Now you throw in the different turns and I might just get lost and fly on by the turn into the carousel. It’s going to be fun to try to figure it out. It looks like a really neat course.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!