No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT MICHIGAN: Martin Truex Jr. has posted eight top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 28 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. Last season, Truex led all drivers at Michigan with a 3.5-average finish in the track’s two events. In the most recent race at the Brooklyn, Michigan facility, Truex started from the rear of the field, won stage one, and led 43 laps on the way to a fourth-place finish. While he has not visited victory lane at Michigan, Truex’s eight top-five finishes are his most at a track he has yet to win at.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP: Truex earned stage points by finishing second and eighth in the opening two segments last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ultimately ended the day with a third-place finish despite having to overcome a penalty for an uncontrolled tire during a pit stop that forced the No. 19 driver to drop to the rear of the field in the middle portion of the 301-lap race.
550-PACKAGE IN 2020: In 14 races with the 550-horsepower package this season (excluding Daytona and Talladega), Truex has racked up three top-five finishes, nine top-10s, two stage wins, and 307 laps led. He has led in 10 of those 14 races.
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Having already clinched a spot in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs by virtue of his win at Martinsville Speedway in June, Truex currently sits seventh in the overall points standings after 20 races. He currently ranks in the top five in multiple statistical categories, including fastest drivers late in a run (first), green flag speed (second), fastest drivers early in a run (third), fastest laps run (third), fastest on restarts (third), percentage of laps run in the top 15 (fourth) and laps in the top 15 (fifth). He has also racked up the fourth-most stage points so far this season.
AUTO-OWNERS: Auto-Owners Insurance will be featured as the primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry for both races of this weekend’s doubleheader at Michigan International 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.
MINI HELMET FUNDRAISER: On Tuesday, the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation began selling 500 mini helmets commemorating the special Auto-Owners Insurance livery that will adorn this week’s No. 19 Camry. The mini helmet fundraiser sold out in less than three hours and raised more than $30,000 to benefit the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and SherryStrong.
RACE WITH MARTIN: More than 1,900 Auto-Owners associates who donated to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation will have their name displayed on the hood of Truex’s No. 19 Camry for this weekend’s races at Michigan International Speedway. After Auto-Owners matched the associates’ contribution, the company presented Truex and Sherry Pollex with a check for $53,790.
JGR AT MICHIGAN: Joe Gibbs Racing has claimed eight wins in NASCAR Cup Series competition at Michigan International Speedway. In 138 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 38 top-five finishes, 63 top-10s and 1,080 laps led. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have all driven JGR entries to victory lane in Michigan.
TUNE IN: Coverage of Saturday’s race begins at 4 p.m. ET while Sunday’s event starts at 4:30 p.m. ET. Both races will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry
Talk about the Auto-Owners contributions to your Foundation this week and racing at their home track in Michigan…
“I can’t say enough about what great partners everybody at Auto-Owners has been for me. They have literally become like family to me and they do so much for us and what we have going on with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and SherryStrong, and with my racing career. The mini helmet program and the donation from the associates this week mean a lot, obviously with COVID making fundraising difficult this year. We’re really excited to get to race at their home track this weekend. I hate that we won’t be able to have the large group of associates at the track and we aren’t able to visit everyone at headquarters like we usually do when we go to Michigan, but it’s certainly added motivation to get the job done on the track because I know they’ll be watching and cheering us on.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!