No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes
DAYTONA ROAD COURSE EXPERIENCE: Martin Truex Jr. has made one start on the Daytona Road Course in the now-defunct IROC Series. When the series raced the legendary sports car course back in 2006, Truex started ninth and finished sixth in the 20-lap race.
TOP-FIVE STREAK: The No. 19 team has claimed four consecutive top-five finishes. The current streak is Truex’s best since claiming five straight top-fives during a stretch of races in the summer of 2018.
ROAD COURSE STATS: Truex owns four wins, 10 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s in 30 career NASCAR Cup Series starts on road courses. He has finished inside the top 10 in six of the past seven road course races dating back to 2017. In seven previous road course races where Truex started third or better, he won twice and claimed five top-five finishes. Truex was also victorious in the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City back in 2005 in a race that featured current Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick.
KING OF THE ROAD: Truex’s four road course victories are tied with teammate Kyle Busch for the most amongst active drivers. The Mayetta, New Jersey native has won a road course race in three of the past four seasons.
MICHIGAN RECAP: Truex picked up a pair of third-place finishes in last weekend’s doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway. In the Saturday race, an unscheduled pit stop early in the race dropped him off the lead lap, but he rallied to the front after receiving the free pass in the final stage. On Sunday, the No. 19 Camry was mired in traffic for the first two stages before choosing the outside lane on several late-race restarts allowed Truex to climb his way into the top five.
LOOP DATA RANKINGS: While sitting seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, Truex currently ranks in the top five in multiple statistical categories, including fastest laps run (third), green flag speed (third), fastest drivers late in a run (third), fastest drivers early in a run (fourth), laps in the top 15 (fifth) and percentage of laps run on lead lap (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 Daytona. 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 ON ROAD COURSES: Joe Gibbs Racing has racked up 12 victories on road courses in NASCAR Cup Series competition. In 146 combined starts on road courses, the organization has tallied 42 top-five finishes, 71 top-10s and 884 laps led. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart join Truex on the list of drivers who have driven a JGR entry to victory lane at a road course.
TUNE IN: Coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at the DAYTONA Road Course begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry
Talk about going to the Daytona Road Course for the first time in a Cup car with no practice…
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be wild, for sure, but it should be fun. There are a lot of unknowns for everyone in the field, but it’s really the same for everyone, so I think that’s what makes it exciting. I think the preparation this week will be the same for most guys. You’ll get on iRacing and run some laps to familiarize yourself with the track and we’ll spend some time in the simulator to work on some setup stuff to help James (Small, crew chief) and the guys get an idea of what we need there. I know my guys will prepare a great car and we’ve got a good starting position, so I feel good about our chances of having an opportunity to run up front and hopefully be there at the end.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!