MTJ Daytona Notes

Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch
(photo courtesy Rachelrgmphotography)

No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes

TRUEX AT DAYTONA: Martin Truex Jr. has earned three top-five finishes and five top-10s in NASCAR Cup Series competition at Daytona International Speedway. In the August race last year, Truex led 14 laps on the way to a fourth-place finish. While he has not won a Cup Series race at the track, Truex has visited victory lane at Daytona in the NASCAR Xfinity Series back in 2005.

MICHIGAN RECAP: Truex finished 10th in last weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway despite suffering left-rear fender damage in the opening laps. The No. 19 team fell as low as 36th, but rallied back into contention for their 13th top-10 finish this season.

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 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 AT DAYTONA: Joe Gibbs Racing owns eight NASCAR Cup Series victories on the Daytona International Speedway oval layout. In 151 combined starts, the team has racked up 36 top-five finishes, 48 top-10s and 1,966 laps led. Dale Jarrett earned the company’s first victory ever in the 1992 DAYTONA 500 and Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, and Tony Stewart have all wheeled JGR entries to Daytona victory lane since. Christopher Bell also picked up a NASCAR Cup Series victory for JGR on the Daytona Road Course earlier this season.

TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway begins Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry

Talk about going back to Daytona this weekend to end the regular season…

“Daytona is always exciting because of the unknowns that it presents. For me, it hasn’t been too kind over the years. We’ve had strong cars more often than not and not much to show for it because of being caught up in the big wrecks. In February, I felt like we had a great car all week and then got caught up in that big wreck early and had to ride around in the back all day. We’ll go down there this week and try to run up front all night and see what happens. Obviously, it’s the last opportunity for some guys to get into the Playoffs, but it’s also our last chance to add a few more Playoff points before next week. We’d like to move up in the overall points if that’s possible because there are a few Playoff points on the line there, so there’s definitely plenty for us to race for this week to try to improve our spot going into Darlington next week.”


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