No. 19 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Off Road Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT BRISTOL: Martin Truex Jr. owns a pair of top-five finishes and three top-10s in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at Bristol Motor Speedway. Last fall, Truex was poised to compete for the win before he was collected in an accident late in the race. Overall, the Mayetta, N.J. native has led 230 laps at the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’.
LAST TIME AT BRISTOL: When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Bristol Motor Speedway in April, Truex started 23rd and raced his way to a ninth-place result in the opening stage. He continued his march to the front and was running in the top five late in the second stage before an unscheduled pit stop dropped him off the lead lap. He spent the remainder of the race trying to make up lost positions and ultimately ended the race with a 17th-place finish.
MICHIGAN RECAP: Last weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Truex started from the rear of the field because of an inspection issue. He wasted little time rallying his way to the front as he won the first 60-lap stage and finished second in stage two. A mix of strategies dropped him outside of the top 10 to start the final stage and he was able to stretch his fuel to the checkered flag to come home with a fourth-place result.
STRONG STAGES: Over the past three races, the No. 19 team has earned top-five results in each of the six stages, including a stage win last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Truex is tied for the series lead in wins (four) and ranks in the top five in the following categories: Playoff points (second), top-five finishes (third), top-10s (tied for second), laps led (fifth), average finish (tied for third), average running position (fourth), driver rating (third), fastest driver late in a run (third), fastest laps run (third), green flag speed (third), laps in the top 15 (fourth) and quality passes (fifth).
BASS PRO SHOPS: Bass Pro Shops will be featured as primary sponsor of the No. 19 Camry this Saturday in Bristol. 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.
TRACKER OFF ROAD: This weekend, the hood of Truex’s No. 19 Camry will feature TRACKER Off Road, a game-changing new line of all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides offering breakthrough performance, service and value in the off-road industry. TRACKER Off Road was born out of a powerhouse partnership formed between Bass Pro Shops and TRACKER founder Johnny Morris and Textron Specialized Vehicles, bringing together the undisputed world leader in boating with a global leader in innovation and technology.
MEDIA ROTATION: Truex will visit the Bristol Motor Speedway media center Friday at 4:10 p.m. as part of NASCAR’s media rotation.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Truex will sign autographs for fans at the Bass Pro Shops location in Bristol, Tenn. (1 Bass Pro Drive, Bristol, TN 37620) Saturday at 11 a.m.
JGR AT BRISTOL: Joe Gibbs Racing has claimed 12 victories at Bristol Motor Speedway, including three of the past four races at the track with Kyle Busch. The organization has tallied 32 top-five finishes, 50 top-10s and 10 pole awards.
TUNE IN: Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race begins Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Off Road Toyota Camry
Talk about coming back to Bristol and your outlook on this race…
“The Bristol night race is one that every driver wants to win. It’s a big weekend for Bass Pro Shops sponsoring the race, so we want to do our best to have a good run for them. If you look at the stats, Bristol hasn’t been one of our better tracks, but we’ve had so many crazy things happen over the years that cost us good finishes. Like last year, we’re racing for the lead in the last 100 laps and get wrecked. Then in the spring this year, we made our way to the top five and were in a good spot but had a loose wheel. Our team has been improving at Bristol and we’ve got some nice momentum from the past month or so that gives me confidence we can run up front this weekend and hopefully put it all together to have a good finish.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!