No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes
TRUEX AT TEXAS: Martin Truex Jr. has posted five top-five finishes, 17 top-10s and 673 laps led in 31 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway. His 17 top-10s at Texas are his most at any track that he has yet to win at. Truex has three runner-up finishes at the 1.5-mile track, including the series’ most recent visit last October.
TRUEX ALL-STAR HISTORY: Truex has advanced to the NASCAR All-Star Race in multiple ways. He made his All-Star debut in 2005 after receiving the Fan Vote into the main event. In 2007 and 2010, he raced his way in through the All-Star Open. In 2008, Truex secured his place in the race thanks to his first career victory at Dover International Speedway the previous year. For the past six years, Truex has become a mainstay in the race by winning races each season. In 10 career NASCAR All-Star Race starts, he has a best finish of second and four top-10s overall.
SONOMA RECAP: Truex earned his third consecutive top-three finish at Sonoma Raceway with a third-place run last Sunday. After starting 19th, he quickly worked his way into the top 10 and battled inside the top five for the majority of the event.
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 the NASCAR All-Star Race. 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 TEXAS: Joe Gibbs Racing owns nine NASCAR Cup Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway, including Kyle Busch’s win last fall. The organization has won at least one Cup Series race at Texas in four of the past five seasons dating back to 2016. In 124 combined starts, JGR has racked up 34 top-five finishes, 58 top-10s and 2,189 laps led at the 1.5-mile track. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart have all driven JGR entries to victory lane in Texas.
JGR ALL-STAR STATS: Joe Gibbs Racing has earned a pair of victories in the annual NASCAR All-Star Race. Both victories have come in the past six years as Denny Hamlin won the race in 2015 and Kyle Busch took the checkers in 2017.
TUNE IN: Coverage of the All-Star Race begins Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry
Talk about having the All-Star Race in Texas for the first time…
“All-Star Races are always potentially wild and crazy with all the inverts, restarts and short runs. You’ll have to have a car that has really good speed. It’s going to be tough, but it will be fun to have the first All-Star Race in Texas; it’s a great track with a lot of great fans out there. I don’t really know what to expect in the race. We ran strong there last fall, but I think it’s going to be totally different being an All-Star Race and guys bringing stuff that will run really fast for 10 laps as opposed to a 500-mile race, so it’s going to be a bit of a guessing game.”
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