Truex Ready To Take On Hot Miami

Chris Buescher & Martin Truex, Jr.

No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes

TRUEX AT HOMESTEAD: In 15 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. has claimed one win, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. His victory in 2017 earned him the NASCAR Cup Series championship. He followed his championship-winning performance up with runner-up results in 2018 and 2019. When the series visited the 1.5-mile oval in November, Truex started third and led 103 laps before ultimately finishing second.

MARTINSVILLE WIN NOTES: Truex’s victory Wednesday night at Martinsville Speedway was the 27th of his career (524 starts) and first of the 2020 season (11 starts). It was his fourth career short track victory – all coming in the past six short track races. On the night, he led twice for 132 laps, including the final 131 circuits. This marks the sixth consecutive season that the Mayetta, New Jersey native has won at least one race and qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Martinsville is the 10th track that Truex has earned multiple NASCAR Cup Series victories on.

TOYOTA MILESTONE: Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks Truex’s 300th NASCAR Cup Series start driving a Toyota Camry. For Truex, 25 of his 27 career victories and his 2017 NASCAR Cup Series championship have come behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry.

SMALL’S WORLD: The victory Wednesday night was the first for crew chief James Small in just his 13th start in the crew chief role and 11th race atop the pit box for the No. 19 team. The Melbourne, Australia native joins Chad Johnston, Kevin Manion and Cole Pearn as crew chiefs who picked up their first Cup Series victory with Truex behind the wheel.

STRONG IN THE STAGES: Truex ranks second in stage points through the season’s first 11 races. His 119 stage points trail only Chase Elliott in that category.

NASCAR LOOP DATA: In addition to jumping to fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, Truex ranks in the top five in multiple Loop Data categories, including fastest drivers late in a run (first), fastest on restarts (second), green flag speed (second), fastest laps run (third), percentage of laps run on lead lap (third), average running position (fifth), driver rating (fifth), fastest drivers early in a run (fifth) and speed by segment (fifth).

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 in Homestead. 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 HOMESTEAD: Joe Gibbs Racing owns seven victories at Homestead-Miami Speedway, including Kyle Busch’s championship-winning performances in 2015 and 2019. The organization has tallied 18 top-five finishes, 34 top-10s, five pole awards and 1,528 laps led in 63 combined starts at the South Florida track.

TUNE IN: Coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway 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

What is your outlook on Sunday’s race in Homestead?

“It’s definitely going to be a hot race, for sure. We can look back at Atlanta and how that race went because the tracks are pretty similar with the older surfaces. Being locked into the Playoffs now, I’m excited and optimistic about what we can do down in Homestead and how aggressive we can approach that race. We’ve been good there the past few seasons, so I’m looking forward to getting down there and seeing if we can carry the momentum from Martinsville into Sunday.”


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