Martin Truex Jr. through the years
By Pat DeCola | Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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Our Driver by Number project explores our picks for the best or most influential driver by every car number in Cup Series history. Our pick for the No. 56: Martin Truex Jr. Scroll through a look at his entire career, including his time with Michael Waltrip Racing.
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2004: Truex burst onto the scene in his first full-time season competing at the NASCAR national series level, capturing a title in what is now the Xfinity Series driving for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.
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2004: This year was a big one for Truex in general, as he also made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut, starting a pair of races for DEI at Atlanta and Homestead.
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2005: Truex followed up his title from the previous season by matching his win total of six en route to his second and final championship in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
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2006: On the heels of his back-to-back titles, Truex moved up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full time the following season, notching a pair of top-five finishes in his rookie campaign for DEI.
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2007: Truex's first career win came not too long after, picking up the victory at Dover International Speedway midway through his sophomore season, with 14 top-10s along the way.
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2012: In his third season with Michael Waltrip Racing, Truex Jr. came oh-so-close to his first win with the organization with a runner-up finish at Kansas.
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2013: Truex finally broke through for the second win of his career, sipping wine in Victory Lane at Sonoma Raceway for Michael Waltrip Racing.
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2014: This year marked a new beginning for Truex, who took a leap of faith to join Furniture Row Racing, a racing team located (way) outside the NASCAR hotbed in the Carolinas ... in Denver, Colorado.
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2015: After an adjustment period in his first FRR season, Truex joined forces with current crew chief Cole Pearn in 2015. The pair worked together to land in Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway and a then-career-high 22 top fives for Truex.
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2015: With the success that Pearn helped him achieve that season, Truex made it all the way to the Championship 4 at Miami, where he finished fourth overall in the standings.
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2016: With a fresh alliance with Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing, Truex and Co. took their speed to another level in 2016, winning four races and notching five poles.
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2017: The most dominant driver all season, Truex parlayed a whopping eight wins -- including the season finale at Miami -- into his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.
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2018: Truex's final win with Furniture Row Racing came in July at Kentucky for his second straight win at the 1.5-mile track. Truex totaled 17 wins at Furniture Row. The team announced in September it was shutting down at the end of the 2018 season.
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2018: During a late-season championship push, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn would join the No. 19 team beginning in 2019.
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2018: Truex came up one spot short of defending his crown in 2018, finishing second in the final race and season standings to champion Joey Logano. Here, he is seen at the NASCAR Awards in Las Vegas with longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex.