MTJ Prepares For The Championship Challenge

Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer & Alex Bowman

No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry News and Notes

TRUEX AT PHOENIX: Martin Truex Jr. is the most recent winner at Phoenix Raceway after leading 64 laps on the way to victory lane at the track in March. In 31 career starts at Phoenix, Truex has posted five top-five finishes, 13 top-10s, two pole awards and 187 laps led.

SEASON RECAP: Through 35 races this season, Truex has four wins, 12 top-five finishes, 19 top-10s and 793 laps led. It is the fifth time in the past six seasons that Truex has won at least four races.

CHAMPIONSHIP 4 EXPERIENCE: This marks the fifth time Truex has advanced to the Championship 4. In four previous appearances – all at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Truex claimed the championship in 2017, finished runner-up in 2018 and 2019 and ended up fourth in 2015. Truex’s five Championship 4 appearances are tied with Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for the most since the format began in 2014.

750 SUCCESS: All four of Truex’s wins this season have come using the 750-horsepower, low downforce package that will be raced this weekend in Phoenix. The No. 19 team started their winning ways at Phoenix Raceway in March and backed that up with a victory at Martinsville Speedway in April. The Mayetta, New Jersey native’s most impressive performance of the season came at Darlington Raceway where he led 248 laps, won both stages and took home the checkered flag. Most recently, Truex led 80 laps on the way to a playoff victory at Richmond Raceway.

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 Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. 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 PHOENIX: Joe Gibbs Racing owns seven NASCAR Cup Series victories at Phoenix Raceway, including Truex’s win this spring. In 131 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 41 top-five finishes, 69 top-10s, six pole awards and 2,589 laps led. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart join Truex on the list of drivers who have driven JGR entries to victory lane in Phoenix.

TUNE IN: Coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway begins Sunday at 3 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 racing for the championship this weekend in Phoenix…

“We’ve had a great season – definitely some ups and downs – and I feel like we’ve fought for everything we’ve got this year. That’s just our team’s mentality to never give up and keep fighting. I think that definitely showed last weekend in Martinsville when we ran up front all day, then got knocked back late in the race and had to do everything we could to advance, and we were able to do that. This weekend is something we’ve been working for this entire season and have really been excited for after how we ran in the spring. We’re definitely looking forward to the opportunity and we’re ready to give it our best shot.”

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

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