No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT KENTUCKY: Martin Truex Jr. is a two-time winner at Kentucky Speedway after dominating the track’s races in 2017 and 2018. He is one of three drivers to have multiple wins at the 1.5-mile track and his 373 laps led rank third amongst all drivers. Since the inception of stage racing in 2017, Truex has won four of the six stages at Kentucky.
INDIANAPOLIS RECAP: After jumping into the top five on the opening lap of last weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Truex reported an engine issue that dropped him outside the top 25 prior to the competition caution. During the caution period, Truex was collected in a multi-car accident on pit road that left the No. 19 Camry with terminal damage that ended his day after only 16 laps. The end result was a 38th-place finish.
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Having already clinched a spot in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs by virtue of his win at Martinsville Speedway last month, Truex currently sits seventh in the overall points standings after 16 races. He also ranks in the top five in multiple statistical categories, including green flag speed (second), fastest laps run (third), fastest on restarts (third), fastest drivers early in a run (fourth), fastest drivers late in a run (fourth), percentage of laps on lead lap (fourth) and stage points earned (fifth).
AUTO-OWNERS: Auto-Owners Insurance will be featured as primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry for Sunday’s race at Kentucky Speedway. The Lansing, Michigan-based company offers multiple lines of insurance, including life, home, auto and business to customers in 26 states. In their first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Auto-Owners was on board for monumental moments like Truex’s first victory for the team at Richmond in April, his 500th career start at Michigan in August and the No. 19 team’s dominant Martinsville win that propelled them to a Championship 4 appearance.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Truex will meet with the media via a Zoom Teleconference Sunday, July 12, at 12:30 p.m. ET. Details will be available at NASCARmedia.com.
JGR AT KENTUCKY: Joe Gibbs Racing has earned three NASCAR Cup Series victories at Kentucky Speedway. Overall, the organization has tallied 17 top-five finishes, 20 top-10s and 744 laps led in 32 combined starts at the track. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth have driven JGR entries to victory lane in Kentucky.
TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway begins Sunday, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry
Talk about the challenge Kentucky Speedway presents…
“Kentucky is a very unique track with the turns being so different and just the number of changes the track has gone through since we started racing there. It takes a combination of things – cars, setups, track position, pit crew – and all of that has be spot on to run good there. You have to really maximize everything you have and have a strong package to run well there, so it’s definitely a challenge, but we’re excited about going back there with how we’ve ran there the past few years.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!