Martin TRuex Jr. 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
In a year in which many drivers had a roller coaster rides, Martin Truex Jr. likely had some of the highest highs on the track and some of the lowest lows. Truex’s Toyota/SaveMart 350 victory at Sonoma Raceway ended a six-year, 218-race winless drought. Truex qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the Richmond race’s outcome left him on the outside looking in. By season’s end, Truex faced unemployment after eight years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That won’t happen as the New Jersey native signed on to compete in 2014 for Furniture Row Racing. Although it’s a one-car team, Barney Visser’s organization earned a spot in the Chase with Kurt Busch and with close technical ties to Richard Childress Racing, there’s every reason to believe Truex can qualify for the postseason this year. Truex posted solid numbers in 2013, matching season-bests in wins (one) and top fives (seven). He finished 16th in the final standings.
Truex joined Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010. His first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory (at Dover International Speedway in 2007) and all 13 of his of his NASCAR Nationwide Series victories came driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. He won consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series titles in 2004 and 2005, his only two full seasons in the series. Truex made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in Atlanta in 2004 where an engine issue ended his day early. Prior to stepping up to national series competition the one-time karting competitor raced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Team: Furniture Row Racing
Car: No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: June 29, 1980
Hometown: Mayetta, N.J.
Team Owner: Barney Visser
Crew Chief: Todd Berrier