No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT PHOENIX: In 28 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix Raceway, Martin Truex Jr. has earned four top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. As the Cup Series transitions back to a smaller rear spoiler for oval tracks one-mile and under this weekend, Truex finished 11th, third, fifth and 14th in the four most recent starts at Phoenix with the previous smaller spoiler in 2017 and 2018. Last season, Truex finished second and sixth in the series’ two visits to the Avondale, Arizona tri-oval.
FONTANA RECAP: Truex finished 14th last Sunday at Auto Club Speedway after a challenging weekend for the No. 19 team. He was forced to start from the rear of the field and managed to rally his way into the top 15 in the opening laps. Early in the final stage, he led three laps before settling into second. On the No. 19 team’s last pit stop, an injury to the rear tire changer slowed the stop and resulted in Truex dropping outside the top 10 where he ultimately finished the race.
STRONG STAGES: Through three races this season, Truex ranks fifth in stage points earned having picked up 34 stage points so far.
BASS PRO SHOPS: A longtime supporter of Truex and NASCAR, Bass Pro Shops will be featured as primary sponsor of the No. 19 Camry for Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. 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.
JGR AT PHOENIX: Joe Gibbs Racing owns six NASCAR Cup Series victories at Phoenix Raceway, including three in a row and four of the past five trips to the track. In 119 combined starts at the one-mile tri-oval, the organization has tallied 37 top-five finishes, 63 top-10s and six pole awards. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have all wheeled Joe Gibbs Racing entries to wins at Phoenix Raceway.
TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway begins Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry
Do you expect the short track package to improve the racing at Phoenix?
“I think, if you go back to 2018, it will be similar to that. The cars are going to be basically exactly the same as they were then aside from what guys have learned since. It should be good. I’m looking forward to it.”
Are you concerned that you haven’t won at Phoenix?
“Not really. It’s been kind of a decent track for us over the years. I felt like, since the repave, it’s taken a little bit for us to get our arms around it. I feel like we’re getting better there and that’s a good thing. We’ve had some good runs there the last couple years. Last fall, I felt like we were about the closest we’ve been in a few years at least to having a shot. With the new rules going back a few years, we ran well there in 2018, so hopefully we can expand on that and find some more speed there.”
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