Martin Truex Jr.

Greg Biffle, Ford snag Father's Day NASCAR win in Michigan

Biffle earns Ford's 1,000th NASCAR victory; Hendrick Motorsports falters late
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<p> Greg Biffle wins the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.</p>

At no point in the last decade has winning a Sprint Cup Series race at the Michigan International Speedway been of more importance in the NASCAR ranks. A renewed emphasis on “manufacturer” over “car number” or “driver” — largely at the behest of Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, the Cup Series’ three auto makes — has placed a premium on home field bragging rights near America’s automotive capital.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Darlington Raceway

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Southern 500
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.</p>

Denny Hamlin’s much-discussed return to the seat of his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry became an afterthought at Talladega once Brian Vickers climbed into the seat and provided Hamlin with a paltry 10 points thanks to a crash-caused 34th-place result. Ouch.

Is Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing's Missing Piece?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Kansas Speedway.
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Kansas Speedway.</p>

Two years ago, J.D. Gibbs came within a front bumper of stealing Carl Edwards away from Roush Fenway Racing. Then Ford’s hot young star, Edwards would have bumped Joey Logano out of the No. 20 ride to the tune of a reported $10 million.

Turns out, that could be the best money Gibbs ever saved.

NASCAR Teams Head to Kansas, Honor Boston

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Kansas Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to Kansas Speedway for the STP 400.</p>

1. NASCAR honors victims, heroes of Boston Marathon explosions
Just as it did after the large-scale attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, NASCAR will serve in the role of honoring those affected by Monday's horrific events at the Boston Marathon. Beyond the expected emotional pageantry of Sunday's pre-race ceremonies at Kansas Speedway, two Sprint Cup teams with unique ties to Boston and its annual road race have even made plans to recognize and support the victims and heroes in various ways.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for Kansas Speedway

David Smith crunches the numbers for the STP 400
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.</p>

Kansas Speedway was the site for one of the weirdest races of the year in 2012. On a newly paved surface with an unfamiliar tire compound, the race offered drama (Jimmie Johnson crashing), comedy (Danica Patrick attempting to wreck Landon Cassill, but wrecking herself instead) and action (Matt Kenseth stormed to the front late in the race – there is more on this below – to scoop up the surprise win).

Penske Racing Awaits Penalties from NASCAR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Texas Motor Speedway.
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<p> Reaction from NASCAR's weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.</p>

It’s hard to believe that last year Kyle Busch went a whole season and won just once in NASCAR’s top three series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Trucks. Why? Two months into 2013, he’s on pace to win 28 times across the board, lead over 2,000 laps in Cup and shatter any Nationwide Series record he hasn’t already.

Denny Hamlin vows to avoid paying fine, laments NASCAR relationship

NASCAR: Five Things to Watch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Las Vegas for the Kobalt Tools 500.</p>

Five storylines for the Kobalt Tools 500 in Las Vegas

1. Hamlin draws NASCAR’s (thin-skinned) ire
NASCAR suddenly, quickly and, well, mistakenly landed a $25,000 shot to Denny Hamlin's wallet on Thursday as Sprint Cup teams set up shop in Las Vegas. And no: this wasn't a case of Brian France cleaning Hamlin's clock at a swanky blackjack table.

NASCAR's Gen-6 to face new challenges in Phoenix

NASCAR: Five Things to Watch at Phoenix International Raceway
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<p> Five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Phoenix for the Subway Fresh Fit 500.</p>

1. Gen-6 downforce track debut
NASCAR's two weeks of warm sunshine in Daytona Beach provided the first on-track action of the much-acclaimed new car in the Sprint Cup Series. It proved to be amicable, handing drivers more input in restrictor plate-style car setup. In the race, it proved to be just a little too dominant as a lead car.

Martin Truex Jr.: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

Release Date: 
Mon, 2013-02-18 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Michael Waltrip/Rob Kauffman
Team Name: 
Michael Waltrip Racing
Manufacturer: 
Toyota
Sponsor: 
NAPA
Driver Rank: 
15
Car Number: 
56
Crew Chief: 
Chad Johnston

2013 Spin
In theory, Martin Truex Jr. should be smiling broadly about 2012. For the first time in five years, he was an actual points contender throughout the 26-race regular season, and he easily qualified for the Chase — a feat improbably matched by his Michael Waltrip Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer. Truex grabbed a pole at Texas and nearly tripled the number of laps he led over the year before. Peaking in a contract year, he also announced an extension that keeps him in the seat of the No. 56 Toyota, with NAPA Auto Parts on board through 2015.

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NASCAR Tracks: 
NASCAR Drivers: 
Driver Name: 
Martin Truex Jr.
Previews, predictions and stats for Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 56 team

NASCAR News & Notes of the Week

Against odds, Keselowski hanging with Johnson in Chase battle
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long takes a spin around the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit with Brad Keselowski's title fight with Jimmie Johnson, a crew chief shuffle, Michael Waltrip Racing's performance and Kyle Busch's hot streak.</p>
2012

Brad Keselowski is not supposed to be challenging for a NASCAR Sprint Cup title. At least this year’s title. Many expect him to be a championship contender for years to come but the prevailing thought entering the Chase was that this wouldn’t be his year.

The reasons varied:

• Dodge, the team’s manufacturer, is leaving NASCAR after this season.

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