Martin Truex Jr though his NASCAR Cup Series career might be over
At the end of the 2013, NAPA announced they would pull funding from Michael Waltrip Racing. At that time, Martin Truex Jr was driving the #56 NAPA ride for the team.
In 2013, Martin Truex Jr picked up a win and fifteen top 10 runs. In 2014, he would be without a ride.
However, during the off-season, the flood gates opened up. Gene Haas, surprisingly added a 4th car at Stewart-Haas Racing. He did that without warning to co-owner Tony Stewart.
At that team, Kurt Busch was driving for Furniture Row Racing. As he went to Stewart-Haas, a seat opened up. That seat was filled by current Championship 4 contender, Martin Truex Jr.
Did you think your career was over in 2013?
“There was a night where I sat on the porch and thought there was a chance I may never race in the Cup Series again,” Martin Truex Jr responds to the question from Autoweek during the Championship 4 media day. “At least competitively.”
“You know, it was late in the season. I found out I wasn’t gunna have a sponsor, for the next year.”
“I didn’t know of any rides available. I didn’t know of any opportunities at that point in time. I knew it was definitely going to be a tough road.”
“I got fortunate that Barney Visser called and we were able to put that deal together. It was just a matter of luck and timing that it all came together.”
“Obviously, the rest is history. I’m very fortunate.”
Martin Truex Jr heads into the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the favorite. In 2017 alone, Truex has made a trip to victory lane, seven times. Of the 35 races, he’s finished inside the top 10, twenty-five times.
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