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No. 19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry News and Notes

TRUEX AT DOVER: Martin Truex Jr. is a three-time winner at Dover International Speedway, including his first career win in 2007. In 30 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at the Monster Mile, he has racked up nine top-five finishes, 18 top-10s and 980 laps led. Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019, Truex has one win and three consecutive runner-up finishes at Dover. Dating back to October 2016, he has finished fourth or better in eight of the past nine races at the one-mile concrete oval.

DARLINGTON WIN NOTES: Truex’s win Sunday at Darlington Raceway was the 30th of his NASCAR Cup Series career and third of the 2021 season. It was Truex’s second victory at the historic track and his 11th in 84 starts since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. On the day, he led 248 of 293 laps on the way to victory lane.

750 STRENGTH: So far this season, in four races on oval tracks (Phoenix Raceway, Martinsville Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Darlington Raceway) using the 750-horsepower, low downforce aerodynamic package, Truex has three wins and a fifth-place finish. He has led a combined 439 in those four races.

YEAR-OVER-YEAR COMPARISON: In his second season working with crew chief James Small, Truex and the No. 19 have improved in virtually every category including wins, top-five finishes, top-10s, laps led, points, playoff points, average running position, driver rating, fastest laps run and green flag speed.

PLAYOFF POINTS: Truex’s 18 playoff points are his most through 12 races. His previous best was 16 playoff points after 12 races during his 2017 championship season.

LOOP DATA LEADER: Truex has been a standout so far this season according to Loop Data provided by NASCAR. He currently leads all drivers in green flag speed, fastest early in a run, fastest late in a run, and speed by segment. Additionally, he ranks second in laps led, average running position, driver rating, fastest laps run, laps in the top 15 and laps run on the lead lap.

RESER’S FINE FOODS: Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway marks the first of four races in which Reser’s Fine Foods will be featured as the primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry. While new to the No. 19 team this season, Reser’s is in their ninth season as a partner of Joe Gibbs Racing. The family-owned company is the leading provider of fresh refrigerated deli salads, side dishes, and prepared foods for the supermarket, club store, and food service industry. Since 1950, Reser’s has been a proud sponsor of good times at racetracks, picnics, BBQs, music festivals, and affordable family meals.

JGR AT DOVER: Joe Gibbs Racing owns nine NASCAR Cup Series victories at Dover International Speedway, including Denny Hamlin’s win at the track last August. In 146 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 48 top-five finishes, 75 top-10s and 3,336 laps led. Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart join Hamlin and Truex on the list of drivers who have taken JGR to victory lane at Dover.

TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway begins Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry

Talk about going to Dover after how strong you have ran in the 750-horsepower races so far…

“I think our team is going to Dover with a lot of confidence. James (Small, crew chief) and everyone on the team and everyone back at JGR are doing such an awesome job. Dover has been one of our better tracks, so it’s definitely a place we feel like we have a good chance to run up front, lead laps and compete for the stage wins and hopefully be there at the end of the day. We just have to execute and stay out of trouble. We’ll have a great pit selection from winning the pole, so that will be huge as well.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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