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Martin Truex Jr.
DOB: 06/29/1980
HEIGHT: 5'11   WEIGHT: 180 lbs
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC

MARTIN TRUEX JR: NO. #78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET DRIVER Martin Truex Jr.’s path to NASCAR started with countless hours riding the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in his youth, hoisting nets full of clams for his father’s family-owned seafood business in Mayetta, N.J.
The money earned working for his dad allowed Martin the resources to polish his go-karting skills as a driver in the Northeastern modifieds. The next seven years saw several victories and championships at New Egypt Speedway in N.J. Like his father, the 18-year-old raced a modified at Wall Stadium Speedway, even winning the prestigious Wall Stadium Turkey Derby, a race Martin Sr. won years earlier.
He then caught the attention of the NASCAR world including Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was looking for a driver for the Chance 2 Nationwide team he operated jointly with DEI. Truex drove a handful of races for Chance 2 in 2003 before racing fulltime in 2004. Where he won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships and earned a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series.
Carving out a role as an established driver in the highest form of stock car racing in the world is a notable achievement, but it’s just a start for Truex Jr. Now, with two Sprint Cup trophies on the mantel from his 2007 Dover victory, and his 2013 win at Sonoma he embarks on a new chapter for the 2014 season with a new team, new car and back in the seat of a Chevy.
Martin hasn’t moved far away from his down-to-earth roots.  Giving back to the community is a huge priority in his life. In just six years, the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has raised more than a million dollars for community programs and initiatives like the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program feeding hungry children during the school year, supporting several different back to school start up needs, supporting child abuse advocacy centers like The Dove House and Pat’s Place in Charlotte, NC and active involvement with the medical needs of children.  August 2013 was the grand opening of the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care unit at Southern Ocean Medical Center in his hometown of Manahawkin, NJ, serving an entire community.  Then in 2008 Martin’s longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex was made aware of the increasing financial needs of deserving families when they are experiencing the ongoing treatment and expense of their child stricken with pediatric cancer.  This prompted the establishment of a Special Needs Fund at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) in Charlotte, NC.  Through that ongoing relationship, the foundation was also able to partner with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and launch the Ryan Seacrest Studio in the lobby of LCH so that every child in the hospital can benefit from this uplifting and exciting addition.  2014 will be the launch year for ventures into helping with Pediatric Cancer Research to hopefully one day eradicate childhood cancer altogether.
TRUEX JR. SPRINT CUP HISTORY: In 2007, Truex won the Sprint Showdown in May then just weeks later won the Dover race seven seconds ahead of the second-place car. In November, he posted the quickest time at Texas Motor Speedway for his first pole award. In addition, he went on to qualify and finish 11th in the Chase championship point standings with a win, seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.

In 2008, he earned three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes finishing 15th in the standings. The 2009 season saw Truex finish six times in the top-10 and finish 23rd in points.
Truex was one of the sport’s most sought after drivers in 2009 when NAPA AUTO PARTS chose him as Michael Waltrip’s successor. The announcement was made in July before a live television audience and a packed house of media, sponsors, employees and fans at MWR. By season’s end, the 29-year-old driver finished 23rd in the championship point standings that included three poles, one top-five and six top-10 finishes.
In 2010, he finished out his first full season with Michael Waltrip Racing ranked 22nd in the championship standings. Highlights included contending for victories at the Daytona 500 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He also won the pole at Dover International Speedway and took home the victory at the Sprint Showdown and nearly backed it up moments later with a runner-up result in the Sprint All-Star race. In total, Truex scored one top-five, seven top-10 and 24 top-20 finishes.
In 2011, Truex contended for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, ending the season on a strong note with four top-10 finishes in the last five races. His third-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway helped secure the NAPA team to 18th place in the championship points standings. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver’s year-end stats included a pole at the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 2 along with three top-five, 12 top-10 and 24 top-20 finishes.
Truex contended for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, ending the season on a strong note in 11th place overall, just 4 points behind Jeff Gordon at 10th place. His 2012 season stats were thirty six races, one pole, seven top-5′s and nineteen top-10′s. Amid the controversy of 2013, Truex Jr. simply feels blessed to be able to continue to pursue his lifelong dreams of cup race competition.  2014 promises to be an exciting year to watch!


Carving out a role as an established driver in the highest form of stock car racing in the world has certainly paid off.
Truex enters the 2013 season driving Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota with as much
momentum as any driver. 



In 2012, Martin Truex Jr. earned Michael Waltrip Racing and NAPA their first berths in the Chase for the NASCAR
Sprint Cup. His 11th-place finish in the standings included 434 laps led in competition, the most of any MWR driver,
seven top-five finishes and a pole at Texas Motor Speedway.

In 2013, Truex plans to keep the momentum going with teammates Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Brian Vickers and
Michael Waltrip that will help keep Michael Waltrip Racing in contention for its first NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series championship. 

He’ll also continue to make his mark beyond the track by playing a key role in promoting the NAPA Know How
marketing campaign, participating in his weekly Sirius Speedway radio segment and starring in new fan-oriented
commercials airing on national television as well as NASCAR race broadcasts.



The 33-year-old also hasn’t moved far away from his down-to-earth roots, as giving back to the community is a
huge priority in his life. In just five years, the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has raised more than $1 million for community
programs and initiatives such as the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s Backpack Program, creating a special
needs fund for children and their families at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., constructing the Martin Truex Jr.
Pediatric Unit at Southern Ocean County Hospital in N.J. and rebuilding his home state in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Like his victory totals, Truex plans to increase those numbers in the coming years. 


History

Truex started racing at age 11 when he climbed behind the wheel of a go-kart. The next seven years saw several
victories and championships at New Egypt Speedway in N.J. Like his father, the 18-year-old raced a modified at
Wall Stadium Speedway, even winning the prestigious Wall Stadium Turkey Derby, a race Martin Sr. won years earlier. 

He then caught the attention of the NASCAR world including Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was looking for a driver for the
Chance 2 Nationwide team he operated jointly with DEI. Truex drove a handful of races for Chance 2 in 2003 before
racing fulltime in 2004. That year he won six races and seven poles en route to his first Nationwide championship. 

He defended his championship in 2005 by visiting victory lane six times and winning three poles. Truex moved
to the Sprint Cup series in 2006, driving DEI’s No. 1 car and recording two top-five finishes to earn 19th place in
the point standings. 

In 2007, Truex won the Sprint Showdown in May then just weeks later won the Dover race seven seconds ahead
of the second-place car. In November, he posted the quickest time at Texas Motor Speedway for his first pole award.
In addition, he went on to qualify and finish 11th in the Chase championship point standings with a win, seven top-five
and 14 top-10 finishes.

In 2008, he earned three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes finishing 15th in the standings. The 2009 season saw
Truex finish six times in the top 10 and finish 23rd in points. 

Truex was one of the sport’s most sought after drivers in 2009 when NAPA AUTO PARTS chose him as Michael
Waltrip’s successor. The announcement was made in July before a live television audience and a packed house
of media, sponsors, employees and fans at MWR. By season’s end, the 29-year-old driver finished 23rd in the
championship point standings that included three poles, one top-five and six top-10 finishes.  

In 2010, he finished out his first full season with Michael Waltrip Racing ranked 22nd in the championship standings.
Highlights included contending for victories at the Daytona 500 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
He also won the pole at Dover International Speedway and took home the victory at the Sprint Showdown and nearly
backed it up moments later with a runner-up result in the Sprint All-Star race. In total, Truex scored one top-five,
seven top-10 and 24 top-20 finishes. 

In 2011, Truex contended for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, ending the season on a strong note with
four top-10 finishes in the last five races. His third-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway
helped secure the NAPA team to 18th place in the championship points standings. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver’s
year-end stats included a pole at the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 2 along with three top-five,
12 top-10 and 24 top-20 finishes. 

In 2012, Truex earned one of Michael Waltrip Racing’s two Chase for the Sprint Cup berths – a first in the history
of the organization. The driver’s pole at Texas Motor Speedway as well as seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes capped
off his best season in the Cup Series and an 11th-place in the championship standings.

In June of 2013 Martin won at Sonoma at the Toyota Save Mart 350. It was his first win since 2007 after
many close calls and top 5 finishes.

In 2013 Martin signed with Furniture Row Racing, replacing Kurt Busch as the driver of the #78 Furniture Row
Chevrolet for the 2014 Nascar season..