Michigan International Speedway


NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MARTIN TRUEX, JR.

CORNELIUS, N.C. – NAPA Racingís Martin Truex Jr. visits Michigan International Speedway after enjoying three days of smallmouth bass and salmon fishing at one of his favorite fishing holes in Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Mich. The welcomed break comes after last weekendís 15th-place finish at Watkins Glen International, his 10th top-15 of the season, and a trip to Philadelphia to throw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Mets game.

The 30-year-old Mayetta, N.J. native likes his chances this weekend and expects to improve upon his 17th-place finish at MIS on June 13. He and Crew Chief Pat Tryson should excel as the pair visit tracks for the second time together this season. Twelve of the final 14 races are at venues that have hosted a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2010.

Quotes

TRUEX ON FISHING IN MICHIGAN: “This is the second time this season that I have come up here to take a break from it all and just fish. I absolutely love it because I enjoy the challenge of catching fish. Since I was a little kid I loved to fish. For me, itís all about the catch and the challenge of finding the fish and making them bite when they donít want to bite.”

ON ATTENDING SATURDAYíS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES GAME: “I have thrown out a pitch before, but I did it along with five or six other guys. This time it was just me and it was a real honor to do it. It was a packed house at the Citizens Bank Park. I did not realize it, but it was Toyota Phillies Alumni Night! I literally walked out onto the field with 40 players from the Phillies past and it included Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and Jim Bunning! It was such an added bonus for me to experience that.”

ON RETURNING TO MICHIGAN: “I absolutely expect the NAPA team to be even better now that we are returning to tracks for a second time. Weíve learned a lot as a new team and are bringing back even better NAPA Toyotas. Sometimes itís not a matter of what to do but what not to do based on what weíve learned. I expect nothing but good things because with this being me and Patís first year together, we finally have a book of notes to work off of so it will be an advantage for us.”

ADDITIONAL NOTES OF INTEREST
  • Sunday is Truexís 176th Sprint Cup Series race and 10th at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of fifth came last season (Aug. 16). In 2007, he recorded back-to-back second-place finishes at the two-mile oval. Heís earned two top-five, two-top 10 and seven top-25 finishes. His average start is 14th and average finish is 17th. He has run 1,726 of 1,735 laps of competition (99.5%) and has led a total of 54 laps in competition.
  • In his first race at MIS driving the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, Truex started 13th and finished 17th.
  • Sign up for the NAPA Belden Spark Plug Wire "Take the Lead" Sweepstakes. Ten lucky winners will be chosen to ride with Truex at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They'll also get to drive a few laps with the Richard Petty Driving Experience and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Michael Waltrip Racing. To enter, visit NAPABELDEN.com or NAPAonline.com now through Sept. 20. The enhanced spark plug wires give customers the perfect fit and patented technology to guarantee advanced protection and ultimate power.
  • Don't be left out. Over 10,000 fans have taken advantage of NAPA's free Track Pass offer. To listen in to Truex's in-car audio, register at www.nascar.com/napatruexscanner or www.NAPAonline.com. The offer is good through the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
  • Check out Martinís trip to the Philadelphia Phillies game.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Friday, August 13 12:00PM: Practice SPEED
3:30PM: Qualifying SPEED
 
Saturday, August 14 9:00AM: P2 SPEED
12:00PM: Happy Hr SPEED
 
Sunday, August 15 1:00PM: Race ESPN

DRIVER INFORMATION

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

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