No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT TALLADEGA: Martin Truex Jr. owns a pair of top-five finishes and eight top-10s in 30 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega. Last season, he was collected in multi-car accidents in both Talladega races and posted results of 20th and 26th, respectively. Truex is a former pole winner at the track after posting quick time in qualifying for the fall race in 2016.
TALLADEGA: While he has yet to visit victory lane in the Cup Series at Talladega, Truex is a three-time NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at the 2.66-mile track. The Mayetta, New Jersey native won three consecutive Xfinity Series at the track from 2004 to 2006.
OMESTEAD RECAP: Truex and the Bass Pro team battled their way to a 12th-place finish Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway after dealing with a tight-handling condition throughout the 400-mile race.
LOOP DATA RANKINGS: According to Loop Data provided by NASCAR, Truex ranks in the top five in multiple categories. He leads all drivers in the fastest late in a run category and percentage of laps run on the lead lap. The No. 19 driver is also amongst the top-five drivers in green flag speed (second), fastest laps run (third), fastest on restarts (third), fastest early in a run (fifth), laps in top 15 (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 at Talladega. 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 TALLADEGA: Joe Gibbs Racing has earned four NASCAR Cup Series victories at Talladega Superspeedway. In 139 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 34 top-five finishes, 53 top-10s and 1,292 laps led. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart have all driven JGR entries to victory lane at Talladega.
TUNE IN: Coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway begins Sunday at 3 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
How do you approach racing at Talladega with a rule change and no practice?
“You go in there expecting the unexpected and try to put yourself in the right position, but most of the time, you’re at the mercy of the guys around you. It doesn’t really matter what your strategy is as far as trying to race your way to the front or riding in the back. At some point, you’re going to have to try to race your way up through there and that’s usually when something happens. We’ll come up with a game plan and see what happens and give it our best shot like we always do. It’s going to be interesting going out there without practice, but we don’t tend to practice much in a big pack there anyways, so I’m not sure it’s a huge difference from what we’re used to.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!