No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT KANSAS: Martin Truex Jr. is a two-time winner at Kansas Speedway. In addition to sweeping the track’s races in 2017, Truex has racked up eight top-five finishes and 10 top-10s in 23 career starts at the track. Truex has finished sixth or better in five of the past six Kansas races. Most recently, Truex led 33 laps on the way to a sixth-place finish at Kansas last fall.
TEXAS RECAP: On Sunday afternoon in Texas, Truex started in the top 10 and spent much of the first two stages battling amongst the lead group. He was ninth and sixth in the opening two stages before a multi-car accident early in the final stage relegated him to a 29th-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 18 races. He also ranks in the top five in multiple statistical categories, including green flag speed (second), fastest drivers late in a run (second), fastest drivers early in a run (third), fastest on restarts (third), fastest laps run (fourth) and percentage of laps run on lead lap (fifth).
KANSAS LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR’s Loop Data, Truex ranks in the top five in most statistical categories at Kansas Speedway, including fastest laps run (third), laps in the top 15 (third), laps led (third), closers (fourth), driver rating (fourth), green flag speed (fourth), average running position (fifth) and speed by segment (fifth).
1.5-MILERS IN 2020: In seven starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, Truex has two top-five finishes, four top-10s, two stage wins, and 225 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 18 starts on 1.5-mile tracks. For his career, 12 of Truex’s 27 career victories have come on 1.5-mile tracks.
AUTO-OWNERS: Auto-Owners Insurance will be featured as primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry for Thursday’s race at Kansas 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.
JGR AT KANSAS: Joe Gibbs Racing owns five NASCAR Cup Series victories at Kansas Speedway, including Denny Hamlin’s win at the track last fall. The organization has amassed 22 top-five finishes, 36 top-10s and 1,083 laps led in 91 combined starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have driven JGR entries to victory lane in Kansas.
TUNE IN: Coverage of this week’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway begins Thursday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry
Talk about your outlook going into Kansas after having strong cars at Kentucky and Texas…
“I feel good going into Kansas. James (Small, crew chief) and everyone on our team have been doing a great job. They’ve been bringing fast cars to the track and given us a shot to win. That’s really all you can ask for. If a few things went different at Kentucky, we could have won that one. And then at Texas, we got felt good about our car going into the last stage and then we get caught up in that wreck and couldn’t really show how strong we were. But Kansas has been another one of our strong tracks in the past, so it’s a place we feel confident that we can run up front and have a shot at the win.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!