CORNELIUS, N.C. – Talladega Superspeedway has produced mixed results for NAPA Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver has always been fast, but for some reason he’s found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when racing in the Cup Series. Truex hopes the success he had in his first outing in his NAPA Toyota in the Daytona 500 (sixth) will be replicated at Talladega. However, Truex points outs even though they look alike, the two restrictor plate tracks drive dramatically different.
Truex Jr. on Texas: My driver ranking heading into last season was third. But somehow I struggled at both Texas events and I don’t know why. I really like racing there. I expect to turn things around. What I like about Texas is it takes a complete package. You have to have a great motor, a great aero package and a great chassis. Downforce is also important. It is one of the fastest places we go to and you have to like to go fast. That’s what I like about Texas. You spend a lot of time in the throttle and during the race, the key is to get your car turning well.
Truex on the Texas spoiler: I think Texas will be the ultimate test for the new spoiler since it is one of the fastest tracks we go to. It will also come into play with all of the side-by-side racing we do. We’ll definitely see how this new change effects all of us and obviously, the teams that can figure it out should do well and I hope that is us.
Crew Chief Pat Tryson on success at Texas: Last year Michael Waltrip Racing had good cars at Texas and I look for more of the same. We had a really good test at Charlotte (March 23 & 24) which I think will really help us with the new spoiler. It’s just a matter of me understanding what will make Martin happy with the combination of what I used to run and what we learned at the Charlotte test. I think we have the potential to have a really good weekend.
Tryson on the keys to Texas: You have to be able to really turn well in the center. It makes your exit a lot easier so you don’t get too loose off.
VOTE FOR MARTIN: The Fan Vote launches today and culminates one hour prior to the green flag of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22.
There are three ways fans can vote:
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Michael Waltrip Racing
20310 Chartwell Center Drive
Cornelius, NC 28031
|TRUEX IN THE LOOP|
|Avg. Running Position:||15|
|Fastest Early in Run:||18|
|Fastest Late in Run:||15|
|Fastest on Restarts:||19|
|Green Flag Speed:||14|
|Laps in Top 15:||11|
|% of Laps on Lead Lap:||9|
|Fastest Speed in Traffic:||15|
|Driver Points Standings:||19|