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NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MARTIN TRUEX JR.

CORNELIUS, N.C. – The Sprint All-Star race is just three weeks away and NAPA Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. is hot on the campaign trail seeking votes from race fans. Truex is officially launches his “Tried and TrueX” campaign this weekend at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). He’ll appear Saturday at the Sprint Experience as well as film segments for SPEED-TV’s NASCAR Race Hub, NASCAR Smarts and NASCAR Race Day asking fans to vote. Truex says he wants nothing more than to be a part of NASCAR’s no-holds-barred extravaganza.

Quotes

Truex Jr. on the Sprint All-Star Fan Vote: “We are going to have fun with the “Tried and TrueX” campaign. We wanted to obviously include all the fans and let them know that we appreciate their votes. I have had the privilege of making it into the All-Star race all three ways, but the year I won the Fan Vote, I obviously didn’t know I had won the vote when we were running in The Open. I was out there trying to win. I could kind of tell how the race was going. My team was competitive, but we didn’t have a shot at winning it. When I took the checkered flag, my team told me that we were voted in. I couldn’t believe it. My day had gone from, ‘I hate that I have to drive home and watch it on TV’ to ‘Wow, I’m in!’

Truex Jr. on racing at Richmond: “I’ve had good runs at Richmond in the past and I like racing there. But right now, Pat and I are really focused on figuring out the MWR cars. We just aren’t where we need to be right now with that. We’ve lost some valuable track time over the last couple of weeks with Saturday practices being rained out. I think that’s hurt this new team when it came to places like Phoenix and Texas — places Pat and I normally run very well. We tested on Monday at Gresham Motorsports Park (Jefferson, Ga.) to prepare for Richmond and I hope the extra track time will bring us up to speed so we can run Richmond like we both are accustomed to.”

ADDITIONAL NOTES OF INTEREST
  • The driver of the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota will be competing in his 163rd  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night at RIR. This will be Truex’s ninth race at the 3/4-mile track. His best start is second (Sept. 12, 2009) and best finish is fifth (May 3, 2008). During his career, Truex has earned one top–five, one top-10 and four top-25 finishes at RIR. His average start is 13th and his average finish is 26th.
  • The DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout promotion enters the third round. Truex remains in contention after finishing ahead of AJ Allmendinger at Talladega. This week he goes up against Mark Martin. The head-to-head “races within the races” plays out over the course of the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, and in classic “bracket-tournament” fashion, fans can enter their own bracket predictions at www.DIRECTV.com/NASCAR for the chance to win $1 million or a car. Drivers are competing to raise money for their favorite charities. Truex is racing for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.
  • MW Induction: Michael Waltrip enters the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Wednesday night joining notable inductees such as: Muhammad Ali, Tubby Smith, Adolph Rupp, Phil Simms, Johnny Unitas, Secretariat and other Bluegrass state heroes. Proceeds from the banquet benefit Kosair Charities. Tickets are $75 and may be obtained through  Jo Barrett at Kosair Charities: (502) 637-7696, ext. 104. MWR cars will carry a special decal this weekend honoring Waltrip’s induction.
  • strong>HELP MARTIN: The first annual Catwalk for a Cause: A Celebration of Fashion Benefiting the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation takes place May 18 at River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C. For more event information, http://www.martintruexjrfoundation.org/ .

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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:

  • Sprint handsets
    • Text “VOTE” to 7777 or use the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application
    • Voting on Sprint handsets is unlimited
    • SPRINT HANDSET VOTES DOUBLE!
  • NASCAR.COM
  • The Sprint Experience
    • Voting booths will be set up in the Sprint Experience mobile display beginning at Martinsville
BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Friday, April 30 12:00PM: Practice SPEED
2:00PM: H. Hour SPEED
5:30PM: Qualifying SPEED
 
Saturday, May 1 7:30PM: Race FOX

DRIVER INFORMATION

  • Driver: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Born: June 29, 1980
  • Hometown: Mayetta, N.J.
  • Resides: Mooresville, N.C.

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