No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT TEXAS: Martin Truex Jr. has earned four top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in 29 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. Last season, he finished 12th and sixth in the series’ two visits to the 1.5-mile quad-oval. Overall, the Mayetta, New Jersey native has finished ninth or better in eight of the last 10 Texas races. He is also a two-time pole winner at the track.
ALL-STAR RECAP: After starting from the rear of the field in Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Truex inched his way forward while battling a loose handling condition throughout the event. The No. 19 team ultimately finished 10th.
.5-MILERS IN 2020: In six starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, Truex has two top-five finishes, four top-10s, two stage wins, and 210 laps led. Since the inception of the 550-horsepower package last year, the No. 19 driver has claimed two wins, six top-five finishes, and 12 top-10s in 17 starts on 1.5-mile tracks. For his career, 12 of Truex’s 27 career victories have come on 1.5-mile tracks.
STAGE TWO STANDOUT: Through 17 races this season, Truex has ended stage two fifth or better 11 times, including three of the past four events. Last week at Kentucky, Truex was fifth at the conclusion of stage two and went on to lead 57 laps during the final stage before ending the day with a runner-up result.
LOOP DATA RANKINGS: While sitting seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, Truex also ranks in the top five in multiple statistical categories, including green flag speed (second), fastest on restarts (second), fastest drivers in late in a run (second), fastest laps run (third), fastest drivers early in a run (fourth), percentage of laps run on the lead lap (fourth), and speed by segment (fifth). He has also accumulated the fifth most stage points.
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 Texas. 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 TEXAS: Joe Gibbs Racing has eight NASCAR Cup Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway, including Denny Hamlin’s win last March. In 116 combined starts at the 1.5-mile track, JGR has tallied 31 top-five finishes, 53 top-10s and 2,000 laps led. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Tony Stewart join Hamlin on the list of drivers to drive JGR entries to victory lane in Texas.
TUNE IN: Coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, PRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry
Talk about going to Texas this weekend and having fans at the track…
“We’re excited to go to Texas this weekend and to have fans at the track. It was great to have them back at Bristol for the All-Star Race, so it will be cool to have them there as well. I know Eddie (Gossage) and everyone at the track has put a lot of effort into this weekend, so we want to put on a good show for them. This will definitely be the hottest it’s ever been for one of our races in Texas, so it will be interesting to see what that does to the track and how slick it will get. Hopefully we can take some of what we learned at Kentucky into Texas this weekend and keep improving on our 550 (horsepower) program as we get into the second half of the season.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!