No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT BRISTOL: Martin Truex Jr. has earned two top-five finishes and three top-10s in NASCAR Cup Series competition at Bristol Motor Speedway. In last year’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, he led 52 laps and earned points in both stages before ultimately finishing 13th. Earlier this season, Truex was running solidly inside the top 10 before being collected in a multi-car accident late in the race. The No. 19 driver also finished 10th in the NASCAR All-Star Race at the track in July.
RICHMOND RECAP: The No. 19 team turned in another solid performance last Saturday night at Richmond Raceway as Truex battled his way into the top 10 during stage one of the 400-lap event. As the race continued, the Mayetta, New Jersey native moved up the leaderboard and ended the night with a second-place finish.
TRUEX IN THE TOP FIVE: The 2017 Cup Series champion has finished in the top five in 10 of the past 12 races dating back to the race at Kentucky Speedway on July 12. Over that stretch, Truex has four runner-up finishes, five thirds and a fourth-place result.
LOW DOWNFORCE RESULTS: In seven races this season utilizing the 750-horsepower, low downforce aero package, the No. 19 team has picked up five finishes of third or better, including Truex’s win at Martinsville Speedway in June. The five top-three finishes have come in the last five races with the low downforce package. The only outliers – 32nd at Phoenix Raceway and 20th at Bristol Motor Speedway – both came after the No. 19 Camry was collected in late-race accidents while running inside the top 10.
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Truex currently ranks in the top five in multiple statistical categories, including top-five finishes (third), top-10s (third), average finish (fourth) and laps led (fourth). According to Loop Data provided by NASCAR, the No. 19 team also ranks in the top five in green flag speed (first), fastest laps run (second), fastest drivers late in a run (second), driver rating (fourth), fastest drivers early in a run (fourth), percentage of laps run on lead lap (fourth), fastest on restarts (fifth) and laps in the top 15 (fifth).
BASS PRO SHOPS: A longtime supporter of Truex and NASCAR, Bass Pro Shops will be featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 Camry for Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. 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 BRISTOL: Joe Gibbs Racing has claimed 13 NASCAR Cup Series victories at Bristol Motor Speedway, including at least one of the track’s races in each of the past five seasons. In 142 combined starts at the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’, the organization has tallied 36 top-five finishes, 54 top-10s and 6,064 laps led. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have all driven JGR entries to victory lane at Bristol.
TUNE IN: Coverage of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway begins Saturday night at 7:30 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
With a 38-point advantage over the current cutoff, how do you approach this weekend at Bristol?
“We’re just going to go there and race. That is always our approach, so I don’t see any reason to change now. Bristol hasn’t been the best place for us – whether that be because of a loose wheel or getting caught up in someone else’s mess. But if you look back at the past three or four races there, we’ve been running in the top five or top 10 when that stuff happens, so we’re capable of running up front. We just have to avoid the mistakes and we’ll be fine. I’m confident James (Small, crew chief) and the guys will do a great job. They always do. We have a good starting spot and good pit selection, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage throughout the night and see what happens.”
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